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Shit Happens: Desi Boy in America

2.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Prakash Books
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Srini Bodduluri
Jan 22, 2012 Srini Bodduluri rated it did not like it
If you are a lanky and diffident student aspiring to go to America, get unsolicited support from everybody there without exception, study at a top notch university while still working in the evenings, snatch a beautiful white girl from her hunk boyfriend and still be unscathed, get laid by her all through the stay, earn a degree, relieve yourself of the girl by endearing her to the ex and fly back home with unbounded confidence of dealing with any girl here - Karan Puri's book would give you a s ...more
I won this book as a giveaway on GoodReads.

In this book: Shit happens, Desi Boy in America. Anurag the main character is the typical geeky Delhi boy, with a typical Indian family. He is the underdog, bullied by all, given unwanted advice by pesky relatives and to top it all he has to deal with his parents - a father who loves to down pegs and a mother who has a propensity to break into sobs at the drop of the hat. He leads a boring, safe, invisible existence. You get the picture?

But then, Ameri
Pooja (On books!)
Dec 22, 2011 Pooja (On books!) rated it liked it
The description of the book made me pick it up right away. Shit Happens seemed like a fresh, fast paced and fun read- just what I needed after a week of tests in college! And it WAS fast paced. And fresh. The name 'Shit Happens' says it all. It was a roller coaster of a ride- exploring identity, love at first sight, making it in a new country, a new environment and coming back a changed person. The characters seemed genuine, though they could've done with a few quirks. Anurag, who the story was ...more
Geo Raju
Jan 31, 2012 Geo Raju rated it it was ok
i'm anti-american....After reading this book,i realised "shit happened".
Krishnan Iyer
Mar 25, 2012 Krishnan Iyer rated it liked it
SHIT HAPPENS! – Desi boy in America is Karan Puri’s first novel and is about a young Delhi boy, Anurag Sinha who has been an introvert for most of his life and has had his own struggles getting into the social circles. He has no friends and after an episode in his school, he turns into a social outcast because of his idiosyncrasies and attitude towards life and people (especially girls).

It is not until he makes it to the University of Rochester which is one of the premier institutes of the world
Mar 06, 2012 Pragya rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, first-reads
This book tells a story of an Indian boy who goes to America and what he experiences there.

From the very start of the book, I had some serious issues with it. I do not like exaggeration in my books and this book was filled with them, lots of them. I want my stories real, if they are placed in a real world. But this book didn’t measure up in that aspect.

I slogged through the first few pages, hoping to find something better later on. And I was surprised! Lizzy’s entry was what appeared to me, as c
Feroz Khan Hamid
Mar 27, 2012 Feroz Khan Hamid rated it liked it
Well, this book is about an extraordinarily intelligent desi boy, sort of a nerd, who has bad luck written on his forhead, as he says. But inspite of his thoughts of never being able to lead a normal life, he meets the girl of his dreams, who is also the first girl he has ever met. But his introvert nature soon fades away, as he has many challenges to cope with and becomes more of a man towards the end of the story. He learns to fight his way through life, and sacrifices his love for the happine ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Amrut rated it did not like it
I picked this book up on a lazy Saturday morning and was utterly disappointed that I wasted half of my day with it! The only good thing about this book is its number of pages: they are less.

The story revolves around a Delhi boy, Anurag, who is completely shy and his trip to the US of A to attain his Masters degree. The book is full of impossible events that Anurag goes through on his arrival to the land of opportunity, which also involves an one night stand with a girl who "happens" to be studyi
Atulya Mahajan
Sep 10, 2013 Atulya Mahajan rated it liked it
Found this book while browsing a book store, and immediately purchased it because it is a theme similar to my book 'Amreekandesi - Masters of America', which is about a couple of Indian students traveling to the US for their masters.

The book is an interesting, light read. The guy meets a girl on his first day in NYC, they end up sleeping together the same night, she wants to move on, he doesn't, he eventually 'gets' her, realizes that the boyfriend he 'stole' her from is a mess after their break
Dammar Bist
May 29, 2014 Dammar Bist rated it it was amazing
awesome read, i can so relate to it. those young students who are going to study abroad, should surely read it.

Mar 07, 2012 Saurabhdeep rated it liked it
Well the book as the name suggests is about a geek from delhi who travels to america for study.
The starting is very interesting it has the ability to bound reader till the mid .also the story is very paced which i personally didn't liked.

Also some background which karan provided did not matched the characteristics of the current character which seemed to moved from a sober nerd to a flirt a little too fast.

overall the book is a nice read if you are free for a day or also comes with a twis
Jan 29, 2013 Priya rated it liked it
the name says it all.. and it caught my attention..but it went too fast that i finished reading in one go.. (or was i too fast to know it all )..good one ! !
Rahul Gandhi
Jul 13, 2013 Rahul Gandhi rated it it was amazing
excellent read. A welcome addition to the list of budding authors.

Looking forward to his next novel this year.

All the best!
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Hi all, After pursuing my Bachelors from the University of Rochester, New York, in Economics, and MBA from IMI (Delhi). I am now living in Gurgaon, am also an author and my first fiction novel "Shit Happens - A desi boy in America" has been a bestseller. I love to try out something new all the time and also love food like any punjabi. I am a freelance writer for various publications and also love ...more
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