Are young people being seduced with false promises of celebrity by shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Australian Idol? What promises do these shows really offer- lucky short-cuts to stardom or totally unrealistic expectations of what it takes to be a top performer?
Meet India Singh, 16 years old with Bollywood stars in her determined eyes and an all consuming passion for dance. Small problem- she lives in Sydney and her strict father's dreams for her don't involve dancing or making movies. But, India has a plan- to run away to Mumbai and be a Bollywood star like her idol Aishwarya Rai. Can she do it?
This is a coming of age story that reaches out to all Australian girls and says 'Yes, you can make your dreams come true- though in ways you'd never imagined!'
Beneath the surface of her prettiness and widly romantic ideals, India has a real talent for performance appreciated by everyone else except her buttoned-up, traditional parents. As she grapples with growing up in Sydney, she learns that making her dreams come true involves a whole lot more than just running away from her demanding family, school bullies and unreliable cousins. Meanwhile, a touch of her Bollywood magic changes the lives of friends and foes alike.
You don't always get what you want- but sometimes you can get exactly what you need.
Wendy Fitzgerald A trip to India in 2005 inspired Sydney based author, Wendy Fitzgerald , to weave some Bollywood style and glamour into an Australian setting. As a teacher and a parent, Wendy gets into the head and heart of the 16 year old India to offer readers entrancing insights into love and life, Bollywood style.
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Author: Wendy Fitzgerald