Daily Archives: December 14, 2011

The Average Indian Male Quiz

Hi Everyone, here is another quiz from yours truly. This has been graciously sponsored by Random House India, and they are giving away 4 signed copies of, “The Average Indian Male” by Cyrus Broacha. This quiz is only open to residents of Mumbai and will be open till – the 16th of December 2011, 6:00 pm. The quiz is a generic one and the questions are given below. Please leave the answers in the form of a comment mentioning our twitter handle (if you have one). Good luck!

1. Meenal Baghel has written a book published by Random House India. Name the book.
2. Haruki Murakami’s latest title is _______
3. Who is the writer of the book, “Lucky Jim”?
4. Cyrus hosted a show on MTV related to an animal in its name. Which one was it?
5. Cyrus Broacha has acted in movies. True or False?
6. Who wrote the book, “A Confederacy of Dunces”?
7. Shobha De also wrote a book on Indian Men. What was the title?
8. Is Death in Mumbai a fictional title? Yes or No
9. Cyrus Broacha has written another book. Name the title
10. Which publishing house has published Cyrus’ Book?

Thank you for participating. The winners will be announced tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

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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Book Review: The Krishna Coriolis Series: Flute Of Vrindavan (Book – 3) by Ashok K. Banker

Title: Flute of Vrindavan – Book 3 – The Krishna Coriolis Series
Author: Ashok K. Banker
Publisher: Harper Collins India
ISBN: 978-9350291924
Genre: Mythology
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5

I did not read Ashok Banker’s Ramayana. I do not know, however I did not. Moreover, I prefer The Mahabharata over Ramayana, so maybe that is why. Having said that, when Harper Collins India sent me an installment of The Krishna Coriolis Series, I was only too glad to read and review it.

The third installment in this series is called, “Flute of Vrindavan” focuses on the infant Krishna and his half-brother Balarama and the childhood of the naughty god-child. The book centers on Kamsa working and building on his powers to superhuman proportions to slay the infant and not succeeding. Meanwhile it dawns on Yashoda that the baby she is trying to protect is in fact the protector of the world. Kamsa also tries to kill the infant in this book by using Jarasandha and yet is unable to. Nanda then leads his people into exile in Vrindavan, which again is not safe from its own share of problems. This is where Krishna and his perils begin – where he has to play God and be the infant that he is.

I have not read the first two installments in the series, so I cannot say much with reference to those; however as a standalone book as well, I could understand this one. Krishna is one of the most prayed to gods in our country and yet his charm is also what makes him so endearing.

As a God or God-like figure, I have always found Krishna to be more accessible. The book was average. I liked the sub-plots and Krishna’s adventures. The language was fine and the writing was good, the characters are close to the myth and readers who know their mythology will be able to relate to the book. Over all, I would recommend that you read the first two parts of the book and then read this one. It would make more sense to do that.

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