Bala Takes the Plunge


This is a fun novel written by debut writer Melvin Durai – a humorist and now a writer.

The book is about Bala – a typical Tamilian boy who is in love with Rajnikanth and dreams of becoming a movie director. Of course, his dreams are cut short by his family’s expectations, and he ends up becoming an engineer in US. Now, a successful engineer approaching his 30s, he arrives at the next milestone in his life – his marriage.

His parents have lined up a number of girls back home for him. However, Bala is a romantic; he wants to fall in love (or at least feel a connect) with the girl he will eventually marry.

So, does Bala find his dream girl? Well, that’s what the rest of the book is about.

My Thoughts

A short and sweet novel. This book is extremely funny in parts; huge numbers of Indian men of marriageable age will identify with Bala’s predicament really well.

Unfortunately, the book sags in places. The middle could have been edited more tightly, and the final romance between Bala and Priya could have been expanded a little more, to make the ending more meaningful.

But, it’s a pretty neat, debut novel, and hopefully Melvin Durai has more such fun books planned.

Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review.

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