Looking forward to his next novel. At the outset, the cover did not impress me at all. It came across to me as if Melvin was making a mockery of all these Indian eligible bachelors by narrating the story the way he did. Melvin is a Canadian author of Indian origin. Bala has to decide whether his bride will be an American or an Indian. The second part is about his love for America his dog and the search for a bride. S:- It is nice to know that I happen to belong to a league of people who the author admires people who can understand Rushdie.
We have seen such stuff on celluloid for decades together. The entire conversation between Bala and Mike assuming they were good friends would not turn out to be so suggestive. I agreed to read the book and honestly, Melvin did not insist on a review at all. I hope Durai takes this forward and writes a sequel. Bala takes the plunge is about Bala and the plunge here refers to his attempt at entering the matrimonial world. I am repeating myself when I say that the book is probably meant for much younger an audience or a reader than for older people.
Being a stand-up comedian, or being a quick-wit is no guarantee that that person can write humour well. Bala loves America, and America, it seems, loves him even more. Bala takes the plunge, and readers should plunge into this story and then surface to much laughter. The story is about Balasubramanium Balasubramanium, called Bala, in short, or even, occasionally, Bill. The book cover at least the edition that I read , designed by Kedarnath Gupta, is tasteless.
The book is short and sweet — it tickles your funny bones. At other times, humour fall flat. As Director of Design at Flexit Inc. Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy from the author, but even otherwise the book is worth its price. At times the book dragged a bit, and sometimes there were pages of paragraphs with no conversation at all — but apart from those few pages, the book was a very good read. He grew up in Zambia, Central Africa, where he attended Kansenshi Primary and Secondary Schools in Ndola, and Kamwala Secondary School in Lusaka.
It comes out of the blue and looks unconvincing and a tad, contrived. This makes the book refreshing and enjoyable. People had written some nice things about the book and of course, there were some which were not so nice as well. Bala had heard of a blind woman who had learned to play golf, a paraplegic woman who had learned to skydive, and a New York cabdriver with no hands who had learned to show other drivers his middle toe. He has everything he needs to be happy: a green card, a satellite dish to watch cricket and a companion to share his home??? He used suggestive language to describe some situations and incidents. The Chetan Bhagat effect in the Indian publishing industry is undeniable. I reread Bala Takes The Plunge and underlined all the funny lines.
Melvin has been a humourist blogger and columnist for a long time and if you have been aware of his writing style, you will not be surprised at the jokes by twisting the english language, making fun of the rituals and traditions of South Indian families and all the more, the crude in-your-face repartees about body parts. But of course Bala became an engineer himself and then went off to America with an H1 — for Happy One — visa, following a path carved out by many before him, and this book is about his life there and the adventures he had while trying to find a suitable bride. He has everything he needs to be happy : a green card, a satellite dish to watch cricket, and a companion to share his home — albeit one with a very limited vocabulary. Bala loves America, and America it seems loves him even more. Bala is a single man living in the United States and earning a hand Let me be honest.
I must also say here that while I do not subscribe to any of these thoughts, there is a long way ahead of us before we see any drastic change in Indian society. I had never heard of this book when the author contacted me for a review. Well settled in a cushy job in a company that excels in deceiving people with infomercials on their exercise machines, Bala realizes that he needs to move on to the next step in life and … gets a dog, which he names America. Most of the popular bloggers Amit Verma, ,Arnab Ray, Madhavan et al turned authors overnight evoking mixed. At first he is overwhelmed; with his good looks so many girls will want to be his bride. There are some places where the humor looks too stretched.
Bala loves America, and America, it seems, loves him even more. Traces of black humour can also be seen in the flexerciser episode. Will he ever find someone just right for him? It looks as if Durai was trying too hard to come up with something witty. Bala loves America, and America it seems loves him even more. I know what you are thinking. Melvin probably wants the readers to ponder over such thoughts.
I, for one, did not find it humorous to begin with. Melvin takes the universal theme of arrange marriage and set it in the context of a socially inept and sexually frustrated South Indian male. I have just finished reading the book. I have always felt that humour is one of the most difficult genre to write. He has everythin Bala dreams of making Tamil films and directing his favourite actor, Rajnikanth — a dream that leads him, naturally, to study engineering in college. Now, here are my thoughts about the novel. The simple story is a vehicle to carry the heavy load of brilliant wit and humor.
So one can definitely say that he has lead a very funny life. The book picks up some momentum after Priya enters the scene. He then decides to marry her, informs his parents. How can he ever pick just one! For example, you can be cardiologist, neurologist, ophthalmologist, oncologist or gynaecologist. When we read Melvin Durai, whether his humor website or this novel, we are privileged to meet with genius. Our guy, Bala, is a big Rajinikant fan and I am guessing, so is the author. Bala flies to India to meet three girls hand-picked by Mommy, but these girls are not for him.