Reviews of “Bala Takes the Plunge”

Updated May 22, 2012 Here are some reviews of my novel “Bala Takes the Plunge,” both positive and negative. Click on the links to read the full reviews. “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 […]

My book has a home

I’m pleased to announce that my humorous novel will be published in 2010, around July, by Hachette India, a branch of the world’s largest general books publisher. Hachette has been in India for only a few years, publishing its first local book, My Friend Sancho, this past May. The novel, by Amit Varma, was the highest selling fiction debut of the year. I […]

Sorry, I’m a terrible juggler

I wish I was good at juggling, but I'm not. I'm terrible at it. No, I don't mean juggling balls or other objects (though I'm terrible at that, too) – I mean juggling tasks. I don't know what it is about me, but I just can't seem to easily switch from one task to another. That's […]

Will Kanye read his own book?

Kanye West does not believe in reading books. But he does believe in sharing his wisdom, so he has published a book called “Thank You And You’re Welcome.” His book is 52 pages — some blank, others with just a few words — and offers his optimistic philosophy on life. One two-page section reads, “Life is 5% what happens and […]

Books I’d like to see

Salman Rushdie's novel "Midnight's Children" is considered one of the best books of the 20th century, but here's the novel I'd really like him to publish:

Rushdie: Let democracy reign

NEW YORK, July 11 (MNN) — Salman Rushdie, who has just won the Best of the Booker prize through online and text voting, says he now believes all literary contests should be determined by public voting. “It has worked well for American Idol,” he said. “I don’t see why it shouldn’t work for the Booker […]

Jhumpa Lahiri kicks some butt (updated)

Domination is common in sports, such as when Rafael Nadal trounced Roger Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 in the French Open final or India beat Bermuda by 257 runs in last year’s cricket World Cup. But it doesn’t happen in literary contests, at least not until Jhumpa Lahiri shows up. Just picture her wearing boxing gloves […]

V.S. Naipaul deserves another award

I just read a couple of excerpts from The World Is What It Is, Patrick French’s biography of Nobel Prize-winning writer Sir V.S. Naipaul. The first excerpt concerns Naipaul’s relationship with three women: his late wife, Pat; his mistress of 23 years, Margaret Gooding; and his current wife, Nadira, who virtually became his fiancée before […]

Which country would make you happy?

Does the country you live in affect your happiness? Of course it does, at least to an extent. But there’s no easy formula, as blogger Ethan Zuckerman writes in his review of Eric Weiner’s book "The Geography of Bliss." There are some interesting geographic patterns to happiness. Impoverished and wartorn nations are generally not happy […]

Divorced again, but he’s still got a great career

When two career-minded people get married, is divorce inevitable? Perhaps not, but in the case of author Salman Rushdie and model Padma Lakshmi, I got the feeling that for the marriage to survive, one of them had to put a few of the career goals on the back burner (or better yet, in deep freeze) […]