NEW DELHI, Oct. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Adman Madman is a no-holds-barred memoir where Prahlad serves up scoops of his most unforgettable experiences and viciously funny anecdotes from his personal and professional life.
Published by HarperCollins
Hardback | Non-Fiction | Memoir | 544 pp | INR 799
Available wherever books are sold | Releasing worldwide on 10 November 2023
ABOUT THE BOOK
In 1971, clutching a princely sum of three hundred rupees in his pocket, Prahlad Kakar arrived in Bombay Central station. During his early days of dire struggle, he slept on benches in train stations and on the sofas of reluctant friends. Scratching the underbelly of Colaba Causeway, he learnt many life lessons for his survival and eventual climb to notoriety.
Four decades later, he swears by Murphy’s law, ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’ Murphy is certainly not a figment of anyone’s imagination, but a gargoyle plucked from VT station, who is sitting crouched on your shoulder and waiting for an opportunity to pee into your ear. Come and share some uproarious laughs with the Indian ad industry’s feared and beloved leprechaun as he takes you on this rollercoaster ride. From the bizarre to the brazen, prepare yourself for one hell of a journey.
Why does Prahlad have the right to lay claim to Shabana Azmi’s second toe?
Why did Satish Shah pretend to be a chauffeur during a shoot?
Can a parachute-landing fall save you from a dating disaster?
How did a pig drive a member of the film crew straight to the shrink?
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In this no-holds-barred memoir, Prahlad serves up scoops of his most unforgettable experiences, peppered with viciously funny anecdotes from his personal life and seasoned with lessons on how to tell a riveting story in thirty seconds.
Learn secrets of the trade to create memorable brands. Travel behind the scenes of celebrated advertisements that launched the careers of models who then went on to become famous Bollywood actors. Hear about the genesis of this accidental serial entrepreneur. And, above all, learn how to live life with complete abandon from none other than the enfant terrible of the advertising industry. As the man who wears many hats, literally and figuratively, Prahlad tips his hat to life’s incidental wisdom with raucous laughter.
From those who have a love for advertising to those who have a zest for life, from the young to the old, this memoir will capture your heart and your mind, and tickle your funny bone.
Statutory Warning: This book may cause you to fall off your chair!
Prahlad Kakar says, “Can you imagine I have managed to write a book about my slightly nefarious life as you all know. It took three long years, a hunterwali wife, a patient assistant writer, and an irrational optimist publisher that we have finally managed to bring this labour of love to all readers. Now that when I read it and go back and relive all the moments, some are so funny, I laugh at myself. I now believe that the secret to real happiness is the capacity to laugh at yourself and not at others.”
Sachin Sharma, Associate Publisher, HarperCollins says, “As one of the doyens of Indian advertising, Prahlad Kakar needs little introduction. In Adman Madman, his no-holds-barred memoir, Prahlad will amaze readers with his exceptional writing skills. By the time you finish reading this laughter riot, a strong feeling of ‘I wish I lived such an interesting life’ overwhelms you. If I had money to buy only one book this year, this would be it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRAHLAD KAKAR is a renowned ad-film director and co-founder of Genesis Film Production, one of India’s oldest and foremost ad-film production houses. He has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humour and memorable brand-building campaigns, and has created award-winning commercials for the most reputed corporates and agencies in India and the Asia-Pacific region.
ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR
RUPANGI SHARMA is an author, editor and edupreneur. She is the founder and CEO of EFG Learning, a Mumbai-based education consultancy. Her focus has been on the power of technology, storytelling and innovation, and their transformational role in education. Rupangi’s recent books include A Life of My Own and Young Indian Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Change-makers.
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