‘Bala Takes the Plunge’ update

Bala cover 

Here's the cover of Bala Takes the Plunge, my humorous novel that will be published by Hachette India in six weeks. The cover was designed by Kedarnath Gupta. Nice work, Kedarnath.

We finished the final proofing on BTTP last week.The novel has been listed on several Amazon sites, so I'm hoping readers outside India will eventually be able to order it online. I'll be visiting India in August to promote the book, with a launch in Chennai and other events.

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. Wow! Interesting summary. I must add that the cover has been extremely well designed. All the very best, Melvin.

  2. thanks for link, Melvin. been a big fan of your columns ever since i read your book.

  3. Have been following this space for a while and love your writing. Do keep us posted on the details of your Chennai launch.

  4. All the very best Melvin, am sure it would be a great read…..

  5. Raghav Bhasin says:

    R U coming to Delhi? Would like to meet with U if possible. Am a big fan.

  6. We have your page on our site for many years and your funny streak has earned you many a following. Hope to make it to Chennai for the launch and meet you. Why not give us your okay to announce this book on our website?
    Cheers and all the best!

  7. Hi Melvin,
    I have enjoyed your columns. Your column have been my inspiration for completing my Humor Assisgments in Toastmasters.
    Great job. Keep it up. I am looking forward to your new book.
    All the best.

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