Book Review: The Average Indian Male by Cyrus Broacha

Title: The Average Indian Male
Author: Cyrus Broacha
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 9788184001600
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 244
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5

A book about Indian Men is not easy to write. We come with our own traits and mindsets and perceptions. Men in general are difficult to gauge (just like women) and more so are Indian Men, who are considered very unique. But obviously, have you met, “The Average Indian Male”? He is the apple of his mother’s eye, thinks no end of himself, wants to dominate the world and farts wherever convenient. I do not subscribe to these generalizations. The book does sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.

I picked up the book fully aware of the fact that there would be parts I would not like and I was happy I did that. It happens all the time – my idea of funny is not equal to others’ idea of funny and fair enough. After all, we live in a democratic society and that is what is expected. The Average Indian Male is a regular critique of Indian Men and their habits, their surroundings and how they would react or think in given situations and the fact that it comes from another man is quite heartening. Cyrus Broacha is known as the funny man and he delivers what he promises – a funny book.

The book is not a mirror of all Indian Men. One must understand that before reading this book. Indian Men cook, help in the kitchen, do not urinate everywhere and anywhere and are empathetic – no matter what percentage of those Indian Men. That doesn’t count. “The Average Indian Male” is funny in parts and almost had me fall off my chair while reading it.

Cyrus Broacha is funny, though there were places I felt he was trying too hard, however those can be ignored by the reader. My favourite parts of the book were, “The Long and Short of Indian Pants”, “Girls Bar Bar” and “Powder Puff Boys”. The writing is clear and colloquial – so that is a major plus for the book and also for readers who want and expect a quick read. I would give it only 3 stars because there were times I did not agree with the book, nonetheless it is a good read.

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