Amreekandesi – Masters of America
Alright people, it’s here. IT IS HERE. ‘Amreekandesi – Masters of America‘ hits the stores in a week. The official release date is 6 May.
Here is the cover. *Drumroll*
It’s a dream coming true. I started writing the book in December 2010, but made real progress only in 2012, when it went through about 23 million rounds of edits over the year. The last time i wrote about the book here, i was going through phase II of the journey – finding a publisher. Thanks to Random House for agreeing to publish the masterpiece.
Here’s the official blurb.
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, Jassi finds his Indian identity an uncomfortable burden and looks forward to finding an American girl with whom he can live happily ever after.
Laced with funny anecdotes and witty insights, Amreekandesi chronicles the quintessential immigrant experience, highlighting the clash of cultures, the search for identity, and the quest for survival in a foreign land.
Through the contrasting personalities of the lead characters, this book talks about how different people behave when they cross Indian shores to travel to foreign lands. Of how Indian people complain of racism abroad when a Punjabi and a Bengali can’t tolerate each other in the country. Of the lives of Indian-Americans and how Indian parents the world over have the same fears and insecurities for their children. Of young Indians who travel all the way to the US and try to adapt to the changed environment where people suddenly have different priorities, the girls are pretty and temptations are aplenty.
I shouldn’t boast, but the people who’ve read it so far have all loved it. It is witty, it is insightful, it goes into the minds of people living abroad, and raises some pertinent questions about the Indian and American societies.
Reading the book will increase your chances of getting into IIT. It will help you win Roadies. It will help you get an American visa. It will help tone up your abdominal muscles**, in turn leading to lesser weight, increased confidence, and overall success in life. Scrubbing your face with the book’s specially created pages will also lead to a fair skin, and don’t we all know that it helps you clear job interviews, get modeling assignments, and get married?
The book is already available for pre-order on various websites. Here are the pre-order links:
GO ORDER IT NOW.
There will be a launch event in Delhi some time after the release. For people interested in coming to an event, getting signed copies, and earning some solid karma points, can you please vote in this poll i created on Facebook to gauge interest across different cities?
As for me, there’s so much to do, man. I need to practice giving autographs to the millions of fans who are going to mob me for the rest of my life. I need to practice smiling for a thousand cameras while walking the inevitable red carpet. I need to practice throwing stuff at my personal assistant when he does something stupid, like agreeing to a dinner with Katrina when i am going to be away for a luxury vacation on-board my yacht. Phew. Being famous already sounds so hard.
But you – why are you still reading? Did you order the book yet? Come on now. Don’t you want to win Roadies?
** provided you read the book while doing crunches.
[UPDATE: Setup a subdomain dedicated to the book. Check it out for links to reviews, how to buy, a book blog etc]