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Bala Takes The Plunge

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 2010 by Hachette
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Samir Dhond
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
One fine morning, I got a mail from Melvin to connect up on Goodreads and he also asked me if I would like to read his book “Bala Takes the Plunge.” Well, the title did not sound interesting. Melvin is a Canadian author of Indian origin. I agreed to read the book and honestly, Melvin did not insist on a review at all. He promptly sent me the book through Flipkart. Before I received the book in my hand, I read his blog and also read about the book. I wanted to know the reactions of readers. I wan ...more
Bhargavi Balachandran
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Avid
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Let me be honest. I had never heard of this book when the author contacted me for a review. After a few recent disappointments in books, I knew better to keep my expectations low, so when the book arrived I was neither too excited nor too eager. And this worked out well because I was pleasantly surprised with the book.

Bala takes the plunge is about Bala and the plunge here refers to his attempt at entering the matrimonial world. Bala is a single man living in the United States and earning a hand
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Amit Gupta
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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 dad’s approval and the opportunity to export himself to America. Well, as Director of Design at FlexIt Inc., thinking up new ways to help Americans shed the extra 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 everythin
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Arise
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
The most important phrasal question posed in the book for any Bollywood and Cricket lover is ... Lagaan 2, 3, 4, 5? - the rest of the book being zoned out by peeping yardsticks. (22, to be precise).

One of the mechanistic pluses of this book is that it has a gag a page and previews sufficiently intended puns. I guess it is family safe, except for having Flex-Appeal where you pray that you exercise the flab out of your innuendo before it trickles down to your kids.

I'm not going to spill the plot e
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Robert
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The simple story is a vehicle to carry the heavy load of brilliant wit and humor. Bala is about to crash into the big 3-0 and feels it's time to take a bride. At first he is overwhelmed; with his good looks so many girls will want to be his bride. They will fight for his attention, affection, and arousal. How can he ever pick just one! Bala decides not to move to Utah, Salt Lake City, since he already has too much salt in his diet. His awful dilemma is lessened when he sees a bald spot (on his h ...more
Kishore Shah
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I would have called Melvin Durai's "Bala takes the plunge" (Hachette India)
a gentle story, only it is a virtual minefield with puns and double meanings
exploding unexpectedly right and left.
The story is about Balasubramanium Balasubramanium, called Bala, in short,
or even, occasionally, Bill. Bala wants to be a movie director, but thanks
to Indian parental pressure he lands up as a health gadget company director
in the US. He has passed his BE from Shri Harichandran Institute of
Technology, whi
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Connie Devadoss
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bala Takes the Plunge, written by Melvin Durai, is a very funny and sweet book! This really will make a great romantic comedy movie as well! Love it!Bala Takes the Plunge
Monika
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
2.5......... a quick breezy timepass read
Kumar
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious! Loved it.
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