Jul 31, Abhilash Ruhela rated it really liked it Not every book gets completed in the time span of 3 hours or a day. Since 11th July, I am trying to complete this book but it took almost more than half of the month to get completed. With this book, he has certainly made it sure that he can get much better with his next book and one will surely give a thought in reading him once again. The cover page of the book is exciting as well as rocking- the way two youngsters are shown making weird faces.
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January 1, Abhilash Ruhela Not every book gets completed in the time span of 3 hours or a day. Since 11th July, I am trying to complete this book but it took almost more than half of the month to get completed. With this book, he has certainly made it sure that he can get much better with his next book and one will surely give a thought in reading him once again.
The cover page of the book is exciting as well as rocking- the way two youngsters are shown making weird faces. Meanwhile in a small town in Punjab, Jaspreet Singh, aka Jassi, is busy dreaming of a life straight out of American Pie. As fate would have it, they end up as roommates in Florida. But the two boys are poles apart in their perspectives and expectations of America.
While Akhil is fiercely patriotic and hopes to come back to India in a few years, Jassi finds his Indian identity an uncomfortable burden and looks forward to finding an American girl with whom he can live happily ever after.
Laced with funny anecdotes and witty insights, Amreekandesi chronicles the quintessential immigrant experience, highlighting the clash of cultures, the search for identity, and the quest for survival in a foreign land.
The way he has written this book makes you observe that he definitely has potential and skill to write a wonderful story with humor embedded in it every now and then. Secondly, while reading this book you realize that this is not the best by the author as you find some wonderful events partially and hence, you know that if he writes the whole book with best of his potentials, he can certainly surprise the readers with lots of ingredients worth reading and remembering.
The parallel stories of two boys in India just gotten an opportunity to shift to America for studies is an awesome read. The comments on them by their relatives and familiar people for choosing America over the best institutes in India made me laugh. The reaction of parents is certified properly. The humor content in the first few pages of the book is so cherishing that I started expecting a lot which disappointed me later on.
His trauma every time he feels that he is doing wrong is nicely expressed. It is quite focused on his will to sleep with girls.
In all, the book is written wonderfully. It could have been a perfect read if it would not have exceeded pages. I would give 3. Atulya Mahajan. And I am definitely looking forward to his next work. While the former wants to study hard and pursue a great career, Jassi dreams of having the best time of his life in Amreeka, in the midst of pretty girls who would fall in love with him instantly and go to any extent to gain his attention.
In their respective quests, they encounter troubles and hardships, but eventually manage to brave them strongly, in turn emerging as a better and more matured person. Their goals are redefined, and they understand their lives better. Atulya Mahajan, the author, weaves the flavor of Amreeka and the aspirations of the Indian desis who move there to achieve bigger dreams.
Atulya was born and raised in Delhi. He went to the United states to study his Masters. Five years later, he returned back to his motherland. During his stay in the US, he launched his blog amreekandesi. The blog later gave shape to this book. Atulya also writes humor columns for the Times of India, Crest Edition. The mannerisms and way of living of young Indians, who go there to pursue education, is defined in bold.
While some stay on track, focused on their fixed goals, others stray away in lure of drugs and girls and fall petty victims to other distractions. This novel is an account of the journey of these Amreekandesis. Often, the pleasure of reading a good story can be marred due to poor editing, with grammatical errors reflected here and there.
This happens for a lot of new authors, and quite frequently these days. Sometimes, small errors in printed words do rob your attention from the book. However, what I was really looking for in this book were the funny moments that would make you laugh out loud.
True, the author has packed punches at certain points in the plot, and has tried his earnest best to bring out the laughs, but somewhere, the book falls short of the fun quotient. Also, a few of the problems encountered by the protagonists seem to have got solved quite easily. For example, when Akhil tells his mother about being in love with a Bengali girl, she agrees instantly.
The author could have added a bit more twist in these segments, and that would have made the story a lot more interesting. This book, nevertheless, manages to keep you engrossed, and you wish that the characters get their share of happiness. You want Akhil and Jassi to fall in love, and they do. This is a feel good story and does hold a lot of promise. I would surely recommend it to readers who like light hearted stories.
The author has creatively and accurately portrayed the difficulties he faces to convince Mommy Dearest to let him go and then the ones that arise once he reaches there. It reveals how he and his other By Atulya Mahajan. It reveals how he and his other FOB fresh off the boat mates survive in the land where a small cup of coffee comes for rupees but furniture is free. They learn to endure everything that life and America have in store for them.
From heartbreaks to racial comments to a lot of firsts beer, girls, arrests, and bikinis , they live it all. The book takes an interesting turn when the love of his life becomes a living zombie no, no supernatural elements! A lot of us can relate to it; most of us have wanted to break free from the clutches of our parents at some point in our lives and when it eventually happens, we regret it. The humour quotient is excellent, and would leave the reader in splits at the humorous Indian oddities we find so hard to let go.
Quote The place was deserted, but suddenly I saw a tall, strong built man jogging towards me. So I ran behind him. The only problem was that no one knew the entire Laxmi Aarti by heart. This one is a must read for all those who enjoy clever allegory and a good laugh. Originally reviewed at Vaultofbooks. We are looking for perceptive readers who can write well, and we are eager to provide lots of free books in exchange for reviews. Like many other Indians, Atulya, too, went to the US for his Masters in and started writing a blog chronicling the lives of Indians living abroad.
The book is the culmination of that blog. As fate would have it, they end up as room-mates in Florida. The whole experience of trying to find an apartment, good room-mates, going shopping for Indian food, the thrill of seeing how grand Walmart is for the very first time, the Indian mentality of converting dollars into INR, etc. The author has also elaborated quite well on the college culture — some students are there to taste the free life, some are there to study, some experiment with drugs, some with the opposite gender, etc.
I also quite enjoyed the part where the students take off on short weekend trips across the US. The imagery has been portrayed in a good manner. The relationships between the room-mates, the boys and their prospective girlfriends, students and their professors, etc. The part about how Akhil feels when he comes to India for a break has also been explained well - the contrasts between the US and India.
The negatives for me were firstly that there were quite a few typos in the book; proof-reading could have eliminated those. Secondly, it felt that the book was a little stretched and the same topics were being repeated.
Maybe people who have absolutely no idea about American life in general and student life in particular would enjoy reading about the experiences detailed in the book. For the others, it is just a reaffirmation of all that they already know.
This review first appeared on my blog: www. To summarize the book is truly a guide for completing successfully a Masters in living life in Amreeka! It is insightful. It is subtle. Both have different personalities and the book takes you through their many struggles, achievements, their FOB experiences, their parties and their love quests. The book has some sidesplitting incidents. The story could be immortalized on the silver screen!
It was quite an interesting read for me and quite an educating one also! It made me hungry for food :P. An intense love story of one of the leads, right out of dreamland, is going to keep you hooked until the very end!
Get it! Read it! Fair warning! I have picked this book because when this book was available from readerscosmo i was just surfing the net, and i came to a video where Gul Panag was rendezevous with the authour. She was asking why he camed back to India, what are the future prospects of India etc.
So after watching that video i thaught this book will reach me to know how Indian Origins are having thier life in America especially Students, and i must say after reading Its a Hilarious book with many anecdotes to American Indians.
So after watching that video i thaught this book will reach me to know how Indian Origins are having thier life in America especially Students, and i must say after reading the book i am very much satisfied with this book. Recently i got to know that this book Amreekan Desi by Atulya Mahajan is in a best seller shelf in Mumbai airport. Also its a quick read you will not get bored reading this book. The flow is genuine and also Atulya Mahajan has written in a very simple language their is no harsh words.
Its always a worth reading if the publishers are Random House India. January 1, Srikanth Its all how you feel at the end after completing the book that matters. I felt happy completing AmreekanDesi. It had its share of dry moments here and there and to top that, the editing went hay-wire with mis printed names, but it gave me a nostalgic feeling. It had good humor, sweet story and the characters were very well developed.
Amreekandesi - Masters of America