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“Atulya Mahajan stages a story of two people from small town to a huge country and narrates their story from how they adjust to how they get accomodated”

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Source: Google Images

AmreekanDesi – Masters of America, is a story of Akhil Arora – a young dorky engineer in Delhi as the author describes it who wants to prove it to the world that he can be on his own and Jaspreet Singh a.k.a Jassi a.k.a Jazz a.k.a Jazzminator who is busy dreaming a life straight out of American Pie and lands in America to find and live his own version of the same soap. It offers the Indian set up where mothers will cry a river for the son going so far coupled with excitement as well as fear for the new life in new world. It also gives an insight of what one feels in a land of unknown yet so many known people and how they adjust to a new surrounding which is so different from what is shown in movies and shows. AmreekanDesi is one book where the author stays to reality and shows that the folks are studying in college which many Indian Authors forget about. So yes, this book all in all is a tale of dream, love, adaptability of our lives, heartbreak, ups and downs and happy ending.

However, this book has let me down. Throughout my patience for reading 310 pages, I was made to long for one exciting or new thing to come up. The author comes up with incidents and reactions that will be prevalent even in the boys who come from small villages to a city like Mumbai. How they get conned, face racism and how they land up in mess, how love gets screwed up and how life goes for a toss because of it and how realization dawns and people improve and everything falls back to place offers nothing new as a story but the same expected things. Although the love story between Akhil and Nandita was sweet and may make you blush at times, especially when Akhil goes to Kolkata to impress Nandita’s parents and story thereafter. But besides those few instances, this book is nothing but a bore.

Go for this book as a light read only if you are new to this hobby otherwise it will only give you a “Waste of Time” feeling at the end. Lastly, I would like to praise Mr. Saurav Das for an amazing cover design which makes anyone want to grab this book and read (did someone say, don’t judge the book by its cover? 😛 )

My Rating:- 2/5

More Details about the book:-

Author: Atulya Mahajan

Price: 199/-

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Random House India (Ebury Press)

ISBN: 978-8-184-00395-6

Meanwhile, have a look at the official trailer from Youtube:-

Behind the Cover:-

Akhil Arora, a young, dorky engineer in Delhi, cant wait to get away from home and prove to his folks that he can be on his own. 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.

This book review is a part of “The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program”.

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What is your Salary?

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Free Hugs :')
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What is your Salary?

I found this picture while deleting old and useless files that ate up my drive space. Found it too funny that I felt like posting it here.

Source: Unknown (Maybe, my disk drive :P)

For me, It is The Magic Salary 😛
What about you? 😀

Couch concerns

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

A post worth a read !! — Some insights over Casting Couch issues.

Bollywood Journalist

pip-on-the-red-couch-photoshoppedWhen I wrote my last blog there was an uproar from a section of my readers who insisted the casting couch indeed exists in Bollywood.

Yes it does!

The rebuttals prompted me to issue a clarification with the earlier blog as an update to tell you that the casting couch doesn’t exist in A-grade Bollywood films – the films that everybody wants to be a part of.

Roughly any film that has a mounting cost of Rs 10 crores (the cost of shooting and post-production minus the actors’ fees and publicity budget) come under this bracket. Basically, all the Bollywood big releases come under this bracket and sadly, there is no way that you can get into these films through the casting couch route. But now that’s a different story.

Today we will talk about the casting couch that actually exists in Bollywood. All my dear readers, who have pointed out to…

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       “Expectation is the mother of all fuck ups”

                      — My Psychology Professor, Final Year.

I had opted for Psychology in my last year of College and there was one time when the teacher came in class and wrote this statement in big bold letters on the black board and explained us how in our lives, we expect and we are let down; how we expect and how relationships go sour because of the same and how expectations ruin up everything around. As William Shakespeare puts it, “Expectation is the root of all heartache” – sounds more civilized now? 😉

So yes, I thought about this because today something really funny happened to me. One of my friend asked me if I wished a particular friend (a good female friend) and I said yes, at night only. She asked me what time and I said, I called her around 12:15. She then asked me if I wished this another friend of mine (a close guy friend) and I said yes, at night, I was chatting with him so wished him through whatsapp. Hardly I knew that this would lead to an argument over why didn’t I call him in spite of him being such a dear friend and why did I call her. It was funny till the time I realized that the other person was not kidding around and I told her, in male friendships we have a different bonding and we don’t act all pampering; how we act with our female friends will be different that how we act with a male friend but all that made no difference and that friend left the scene. When at the end of the day, I asked her, if she was just kidding; she replied, “No, you failed my expectations, I did not expect you to behave like this.”

Such a small matter and such a huge scene. But this makes me wonder about why things work like this? I think, we all make our own personality sketch and everyone expects us to function under those outlines that we create for ourselves. If we ever move ahead and create a benchmark, we are expected to surpass those benchmarks and create a higher one but never to step downwards or bend lower than what we are positioned at. It is not the only time but several times in past also, if one of my friend cracks an indecent joke – he would be pardoned or not be spoken about but if I crack, by mistake also, any not so indecent but bit erroneous joke, it will hurt people so bad that I will need to spend the day consoling them. This is how it works, a person will always look forward to you as a sugar candy if you are sugar coating always; a person will always anticipate you to be crude if you be rash always. Even if we claim that humans are the most adaptable specie made or we have the most developed brain; we still will go mad over any change in order or diversion from mainstream.

Recently, I went through a rough phase and rid myself of my calm demeanor. That particular phase of 2 weeks went so bad with my interpersonal relationships that I had a fall out every day and with everyone and no one cared to know why my behavior had a diversion; since people believed that I had a courage to stay calm or be happy at any situation (Sort of, taken for granted?). Sometimes, no; not sometimes, but most of the times recently, I too feel like saying what Allan Garner says in this picture below; like seriously !!

Source: Sexy Sadie's Collection in photo sharing website

Source: S. Sadie’s Collection in photo sharing website

Worst is, I don’t even know how many people and who exactly and what actually do they expect out of me; but the truth is, no one knows !!

Aah, recently I saw a picture somewhere while searching for this which read; “Why don’t you let people see good in you?” Below it was written, “Because when they see good; they expect good”. Unfortunately, couldn’t save that picture. 😦