Bala Takes the Plunge

Melvin Durai's humorous novel Bala Takes the Plunge was published by Hachette India in August 2010.

Bala dreams of making Tamil films and directing his favourite actor, Rajinikanth -- a dream that leads him, naturally, to study engineering in college. This earns him his dad’s approval and the opportunity to export himself to America. As Director of Design at FlexIt Inc., thinking up new ways to help Americans shed the extra weight around their middles and in their wallets, he's at least a director of some sort. Bala loves America, and America, it seems, loves him even more. He has everything he needs to be happy : a green card, a satellite dish to watch cricket, and a companion to share his home – albeit one with a very limited vocabulary. But he is now less than a year away from the big 3-0 -- with the time difference, even closer in India -- and if he doesn’t act fast, he might have to settle for whichever bride his Amma chooses. So begins Bala’s quest for romance as he meets both American and Indian women, some who are too old, others too young, and yet others just too stuck up. Will he ever find someone just right for him – and good enough to inherit his mother’s Corelle dishes?

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