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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 expect ...more
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Published May 6th 2013 by Random House India
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Aastha
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I bother to pick up Indian authors at all. Even if they're not found faulting on their grammatical skills, they can hardly cook up a story that doesn't involve colleges and sex.
Abhilash Ruhela
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it

Not every book gets completed in the time span of 3 hours or a day. People ask me if I get Writer's Block but I can say that I have been into Reader's Block quite often. Since 11th July, I am trying to complete this book but it took almost more than half of the month to get completed. Now as I am done with it, I won't take time to review it in this month itself otherwise it would be more embarrassing to write about it in August. :-) The name of the book is "Amreekan desi" which also has the tag
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Amrit Sinha
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Two boys, Akhil and Jassi, with diverse dreams in their eyes, fly off to the United States. While the former wants to study hard and pursue a great career, Jassi dreams of having the best time of his life in Amreeka, in the midst of pretty girls who would fall in love with him instantly and go to any extent to gain his attention. In their respective quests, they encounter troubles and hardships, but eventually manage to brave them strongly, in turn emerging as a better and more matured person. T ...more
VaultOfBooks
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
By Atulya Mahajan. Grade A

Amreekandesi is a satire on the lives of all those star-eyed Indians who dream of leaving their country and making it big in ‘Amreeka’.

This story revolves around a Punjabi boy who wants to go to the country ‘where dreams come true’ aka America, for pursuing higher studies. The author has creatively and accurately portrayed the difficulties he faces to convince Mommy Dearest to let him go and then the ones that arise once he reaches there. It reveals how he and his other
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Pallavi Kamat
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Amreekan Desi is Atulya Mahajan’s first book. Like many other Indians, Atulya, too, went to the US for his Masters in 2004 and started writing a blog chronicling the lives of Indians living abroad. The book is the culmination of that blog.

The book’s blurb reads: “Akhil Arora, a young, dorky engineer in Delhi, can’t 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
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Zoyeb Batliwala
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"It is a MUST for every aspiring IITian and Graduate, wanting to pursue his/her Master's abroad (specifically the US!)."

Romance, family, values, education, ambitions, relationships, friendships the book has all essential life lessons. To summarize the book is truly a guide for completing successfully a Masters in living life in Amreeka! It is insightful. It is subtle.

The story revolves around two "Desi" engineers, Akhil and Jaspreet, who clear GRE and get to experience the American life while th
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Srikanth
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Its all how you feel at the end after completing the book that matters. I felt happy completing AmreekanDesi. It had its share of dry moments here and there and to top that, the editing went hay-wire with mis printed names, but it gave me a nostalgic feeling. It had good humor, sweet story and the characters were very well developed.

Story of Akhil and jassi, their dream of making it to US for their higher eductaion and how they achieved it is the story. Jassi is in hunt of good Amreekan Gori ku
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Nitin Vadher
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Its a Hilarious book with many anecdotes to American Indians. I have picked this book because when this book was available from readerscosmo i was just surfing the net, and i came to a video where Gul Panag was rendezevous with the authour. She was asking why he camed back to India, what are the future prospects of India etc. So after watching that video i thaught this book will reach me to know how Indian Origins are having thier life in America especially Students, and i must say after reading ...more
Amit Chhabra
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AmreekanDesi is the perfect book to read, if you want to a fun and easy to read book. It has some elements which most of us would have seen in our lives - Weird neighbors, Senti mothers, Awkwardness of going to a new country, Road trips and adventures, Standing up to defend your country against foreigners, Fighting to get back your love, and a sweet happy ending. So there is just too much to relate to and get nostalgic while you enjoy the wittiness and satire the author puts up.

1st half is mostl
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Kiran Chhabra
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very much my experience in US too!! Must read

If u know US of A by only movies and news then this is a must read!
If you have already been there and wud like to read a light hearted story that makes you laugh and remember those days, AD is the perfect book.
It's characters are like us (not the complex and "colors"ful ones) with real ways and realistic dreams and thats why are easy to visualize.
It's also motivating at the same time if you are one of those who think a lot before doing something.
La
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Readers Cosmos
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Review:
Positives: Very well written, crisp and hilarious. The author's witty remarks makes the initial part of the story humorous. He also makes sure you cry when Akhil commits suicide. I easily became a part of the story and wanted more. Initially I thought 300+ pages would be a lot for a light read story, however the flow was good I never realized when it ended.

Negatives: Apart from a few spellings there are no mistakes. Editing is great.

The verdict: The perfect light way to being a part
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Smriti Agarwal
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book that you just cant keep down once you start reading it... I would recommend it to all people who like light, breezy reads...

It involves you in lives of Akhil, Nandita, Devika, Aparna... and keeps you hooked.

Another good thing is that the book does not have overdose of sex that most authors think necessary, though I would have liked it better if Jassi aka Jazzminator's character was underplayed a little.

Best part? That the book has lots of subtle messages to give if you care enoug
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Hoshiar Singh
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Liked the book from start to end. You can relate your experiences with the characters. Atulya has tried to portray reality, humor, love and cultural differences in very narrative way. Overall a book worth spending time.
Sneha
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
this is a fun and light read encompassing the lives of typical graduate students in USA. I liked the simplicity of the plot and smooth flow. In all a refreshing book
Subramanyam K.V.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on http://satyasurya.wordpress.com/2013/...

In the final year of my graduation I saw a lot of my friends reading Barron’s GRE guides, running around institutes for GRE coaching, using new new words (in the daily conversations), applying for colleges and taking recommendation letters. (I think this would be the case with many people today, more particularly in the case of engineering grads ) Well, thanks to FB I saw a lot of them posting pics of their colleges and thei
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Locomente
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Characters

Akhil
He dreams big and strives hard to make his parents proud. He loves India and never goes out of ways. He is disciplined and new found freedom has little influence over him. He is a dedicated lover and an ardent learner. He is friendly and at the same time, never goes beyond his limit. He is comfortable with his identity as Indian and never once aspires to transform into an American at heart.

Jassi
He is a stark opposite to Akhil. His only goal in life is to land in America and the o
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Abhinand
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Amreekan Desi with the tagline Masters of America is a hilarious book which talks about the life of Indians in America. I say it is a must read book for those who dream about the Land of Hollywood. Well the title and the cover page of the book give you enough hints about the story. I wonder why the cover designer did not bring the US flag into the picture. But even without that, the cover talks more of America. I can see how the author has enjoyed writing this book by the way he has tried to pen ...more
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Plot (from the jacket):

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, J
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Sridevi Nayak
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Atulya Mahajan’s debut novel Amreekandesi: Masters Of America is a story of two Indian boys with the similar dream of making a livelihood in America. With many stereotypes, the story relates how these Indian students get together in the US whilst they are searching for their so-called-American Dream. Akhil Arora and Jaspreet Singh are the protagonists of this novel. They become friends in this foreign land.

These two characters are from different states Delhi and Punjab in India, . Akhil is portr
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Sohni Basu
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got an insight of this book from the author’s twitter handle. Being a great follow on twitter, his sense of humor is obviously judgmental. Flawless is the word for his presence of mind and tricks to inculcate simple everyday matters and parts n parcels of life into a laughter factory. There is no comprehension about the comedy and drama that the author is able to exhibit even into minute issues.
A very next door comprehension of Indian household and their reactions to American Dreams has been p
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Arti
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Amreekan Desi by Atulya Mahajan is the story of Akhil Arora and Jaspreet Singh who go to the Florida State University to do his Masters in Science Degree at America.

Akhil Arora is an engineer, living in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi and gets a scholarship. His parents are upset and so is Goyal Saab, their neighbor who can't stop eating Samosa in the Arora house and talking about his son, Priyank. His mother agrees to send him only if his father would go there and settle him. He wants to study hard and get
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Going to America for studies and jobs and settling down there is the dream of millions of Indian youth. For them America is the country of hopes and opportunities. Akhil Arora is one such Indian soul hailing from Delhi. While on one hand, he cannot wait to get away from home on the other hand he dreams of returning to India to do his country some good. He is the ‘Swades’ boy. Jaspreet Singh is yet another Indian soul from a village in Punjab who wishes to go to America. His aspirations are howev ...more
Puja
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Amreekandesi - Masters of America is one of those reads that can be termed as a tell-all about Indian students living “The American Dream” & the confused life associated with it. The author – Atulya Mahajan, himself has ‘Been there, Done that’ and has wittily drawn out from his experience to portray the struggles of Indian students trying to find their feet in the foreign land whilst adapting to the diametrically opposite cultures. With equal doses of sarcasm & drollness, Amreekandesi weaves tog ...more
Veturi
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Much like the term “Amreekan Desi” cannot be applicable to the entire Indian Student Population in the U.S, Atulya Mahajan’s eponymous book can’t be expected to speak about all of them. At best it is a dry, often matter of fact, recollection of events in a bunch of students’ post graduate lives abroad as seen through the eyes of its protagonist Akhil Arora.

Though it does not come under the coveted category of “Unputdownable”, the book is consistently readable and you would find yourself flippin
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Shirley
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have given this book two stars - not that it is bad, but because there is scope for a lot of improvement.

There were too many details and explanations that the book could have done without. After a few pages into it, I found myself skipping paras where local (Indian) references were described in detail. I understood the context in which they were being used and didn't feel the need to read through the character explaining the entire thing. Chapters with the whole - eating, drinking, sleeping,
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Sidharth
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
A light & fun read but confused about itself. Take it easy, or it will KLPD you.

Everything (dialogues, narrative style, direction and events etc.) fluctuates from being childish, unrealistic, touching, witty, wow-ing and then off to Bollywood drama. Characters were good – realistic, palpable but almost non-evolving till the climax. Except for Jassi’s character – that guy’s part is very well done.

It felt like eating at an Indian wedding – you put a little bit of everything to eat, mix it into an
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Raka Majumdar
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A refreshingly wonderful read. It has been ages since I came across a book which makes you laugh and enjoy each and every page of it. The book beautifully captures the basic Indian perspective of viewing USA and the identity crisis and the varied experiences that an Indian in the much coveted Amreeka goes through. One can easily relate to Akhil's mother's apprehension or the jealous Goyalji, Jassi's Amreeka fixation and the every hilarious reference to Pamela Anderson as Pamelaji!

My review here
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Prasad Np
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Amreekan desi :The books seems to target NRIs and wanna be geeks drenched in wet dreams about bikini clad blondes basking in autumn sun on beaches in US. One such guy is Jaspreet or Jassi or Jazzminator who thinks he is god’s gift to not just women but for no less than Baywatch babe Pamela jee. But the main protagonist is Delhi boy Akhil Arora, who missed the bus to IIT and thus to be one up on them, he wants to acquire the halo of an American post graduate degree. The rest of the book is about ...more
Raka Majumdar
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshingly wonderful read. It has been ages since I came across a book which makes you laugh and enjoy each and every page of it. The book beautifully captures the basic Indian perspective of viewing USA and the identity crisis and the varied experiences that an Indian in the much coveted Amreeka goes through. One can easily relate to Akhil's mother's apprehension or the jealous Goyalji, Jassi's Amreeka fixation and the every hilarious reference to Pamela Anderson as Pamelaji!

This is a light
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Poorvamisra
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book, is quite a light read. Unlike other books by upcoming Indian authors where stories revolve around sex and college life, this gives a glimpse of the college life abroad but in a different and much better way. The story is about two guys who aspired to land in a foreign university, how there life evolved. There are many other characters involved in the story playing small but important roles, first being the
families of the two. You can relate to the story and can enjoy it. Nice to read
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Atulya Mahajan is the author of amreekandesi.com, a popular Indian satire blog. Born and raised in Delhi, he moved to the US in 2004 for his Masters and stayed on for five years before returning to India, in a Swades-inspired moment. During his time in the US, he started his blog to chronicle the lives of Indians living abroad, and this book is the culmination of that vision. He also writes occasi ...more

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