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Bala Takes the Plunge (English)

Author: Melvin Durai
Language: English
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Hachette India
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Bala dreams of making Tamil films and directing his favourite actor Rajnikanth – a dream that leads him naturally to study engineering in college. This earns him his father's approval and the opportunity to export himself to America. As Director of Design at Flexit Inc., thinking up new ways to help Americans shed the excess weight around their middles and in their wallets, he is at least some kind of director. Bala loves America, and America it seems loves him even more. 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. But he is now less than a year away from the big 30, and if he doesn't act fast he might have to settle for whichever bride his Amma chooses. So begins Bala's quest for romance as he meets both American and Indian women, some who are too old, others too young, and yet others just too stuck up. Will he ever find someone just right for him – and good enough to inherit his mother's Corelle dishes?

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Specifications of Bala Takes the Plunge (English) (Paperback)

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Publisher Hachette India
ISBN-10 9350090756
Imprint Hachette India
Number of Pages 200 Pages
Publication Year 2010 October
Language English
ISBN-13 9789350090756
Binding Paperback
Weight 122
Height 7.01 Inches (US)
Width 4.25
Author Info Melvin Durai is a writer and humorist. He has written\nhundreds of humour columns and funny blog posts.\nA native of Tamil Nadu, he grew up in Zambia and\nspent much of his life in America. He currently lives\nin Winnipeg, Canada, with his wife, Malathi Raghavan,\nand three children.
Author Melvin Durai
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Hitesh R

Jul 3, 2014

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Intelligent humor here, all are punch lines
every sentence has humor hidden
Must read because we all need some intelligent humor in life
senseless humor is all around us, but wise words are few
go for this one, the way this book ends, you won't believe it
its like an anti-climax

Gopi Krishnan

May 1, 2012

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Melvin takes a plunge...right into our funny bone

As someone who've loved Melvin's quirkly style of puns largely centered around mad word play for over 10 years now, I got to say, the book doesn't disappoint at all. Do NOT read this for a great plotline or a twist in the tale or as a great literary classic, it makes absolutely no such pretentions. The book is meant to be a fun joyride on a lazy afternoon while lounging around in a cozy sofa. The characters are well-etched with all their witty eccentricities which makes me suspect of a movie in the making. I especially liked the dad, with his series of malapropisms, all of which are even more

Ramya Sriram

Feb 16, 2012

Muffled giggles on an airplane

I picked this up because it looked like a nice, easy read for a two-hour flight. I hadn't heard of Melvin Durai or read his columns earlier and the book was my first introduction to his writing--and what writing! I had to keep from emitting loud snorts and giggles on the plane. An absolutely wonderful book--I could totally relate to it. Funny and sensitive, it shows great insight into Indian culture/thinking.
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