Book Review: How to Become a Billionaire by Selling Nothing, by Aditya Magal

Most of us dreams of becoming a millionaire. Yes, becoming rich is something that interests most of us, if not all of us. So a book titled “How To Become A Billionaire By Selling Nothing” would make us curious to know what it is about. Some might take a peek hoping it’s a book with real knowledge on how to do that. Others might look at the blurb and read it for the humor aspect which the book seems to have.

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Imagine a guy with a big ego. Not something very hard to imagine, I’m sure, but the protagonist of this book will leave you bemused at the size of his ego. Now if such a guy were to be a billionaire, whose observation is that he is, in fact, the greatest person on earth, then such a character and his doings already gift you a smile. Get an eccentric, out-of-this-world entrepreneur to meet him, and things transpire. Like the entrepreneur assigning him a stake in his company that produces “nothing”. Can the egotistical billionaire deal with this predicament? Read the book to know.

I liked the cover design and the idea behind it. There is enough humor in it to make you laugh, or smile through the read. Sarcastic dialogues, puns and spoofs aplenty, this book is about our country, and the situations it faces. You tend to relate to the characters in some way, especially at what they do to get things done. I also liked the sketches in the book.

The character of the egotistical Jhunjhunwala is comical at the start; however his exaggerated “awesomeness” becomes very predictable and boring as the plot progresses. It slows down what starts out as a nice read.

The book would still appeal to some of the people who love to read humor genre I think, but not to all.


Rated a 6/10
Rated a 6/10

Book Details:
Title: How To Become A Billionaire By Selling Nothing
Series: N/a
Author: Aditya Magal
Genre: Humor Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9788184004342
Publisher: Ebury Press/ RHI
Price: Rs. 299

Reviewed for Random House India for a copy of the book, but the views are my own, and unbiased.


(31st October 2014)

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