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Publisher Comments:

Rakesh Ahuja, a Government Minister in New Delhi, is beset by problems: thirteen children and another on the way; a wife who mourns the loss of her favorite TV star; and a teenaged son with some really strong opinions about family planning.

To make matters worse, looming over this comical farrago are secrets—both personal and political—that threaten to push the Ahuja household into disastrous turmoil. Following father and son as they blunder their way across the troubled landscape of New Delhi, Karan Mahajan brilliantly captures the frenetic pace of India's capital city to create a searing portrait of modern family life.

Review:

"The patriarch of a chaotic family living in a hectic land must come to terms with himself and what he's wrought at home and at work in this excellent debut. Rakesh Ahuja battles the twin bedlams of his sprawling family and overcrowded home city of New Delhi while simultaneously trying to save his career as the minister of urban development. Rakesh attempts to manipulate and cajole his way through the corrupt and sometimes illogical Indian civil service, often finding himself embroiled in absurd intrigues. Home is no less fraught, where his 13 children battle each other for their often-absent father's love. The lone exception is Arjun, the eldest, whose adolescent rebellion and nascent romantic inclinations prompt him to form a rock band and pull away from his frenetic family. As Rakesh clumsily reaches out to his first-born son, the twists of fate that shaped both their lives are revealed, providing a portrait of a family that is both comical and heartbreaking. Mahajan's effortless blending of comedy and tragedy is irresistible and should help his book stand out." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Two bittersweet comedies from first-generation Americans speak the universal language of sexual anxiety that young men everywhere understand.

One is by Karan Mahajan, who grew up in New Delhi. "Family Planning," his sprightly first novel, portrays India's capital — 10 million strong — in all its explosive fecundity. The city's sprawling tangle of highways and overpasses is the proud... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"A great comic romp and a hugely promising debut." Jay McInerney, The Daily Beast

Review:

"{A] spot-on satire of Indian family life, globalization, and intergenerational strife." Billy Heller, New York Post

About the Author

Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi. A graduate of Stanford University, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061537257
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mahajan, Karan
Author:
by Karan Mahajan
Author:
by Karan Mahajan
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
India
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20081118
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in 4.64 oz

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061537257 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The patriarch of a chaotic family living in a hectic land must come to terms with himself and what he's wrought at home and at work in this excellent debut. Rakesh Ahuja battles the twin bedlams of his sprawling family and overcrowded home city of New Delhi while simultaneously trying to save his career as the minister of urban development. Rakesh attempts to manipulate and cajole his way through the corrupt and sometimes illogical Indian civil service, often finding himself embroiled in absurd intrigues. Home is no less fraught, where his 13 children battle each other for their often-absent father's love. The lone exception is Arjun, the eldest, whose adolescent rebellion and nascent romantic inclinations prompt him to form a rock band and pull away from his frenetic family. As Rakesh clumsily reaches out to his first-born son, the twists of fate that shaped both their lives are revealed, providing a portrait of a family that is both comical and heartbreaking. Mahajan's effortless blending of comedy and tragedy is irresistible and should help his book stand out." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A great comic romp and a hugely promising debut."
"Review" by , "{A] spot-on satire of Indian family life, globalization, and intergenerational strife."
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