AmreekanDesi *Masters of America* – Book Review

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Book Reviews
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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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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.

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