Saturday, 10 December 2016

Book Review : The American Indian Dream by Pranay Sahu

Book- The American Indian Dream

Author- Pranay Sahu

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Half Baked Beans


His life was his dream. From being a Wall Street Investment Banker to being a jobless put under spiritual arrest, to being hopelessly in love with a hippie ten years elder to becoming an entrepreneur , he lived his dreams throughout his life. Cut to 2012, destiny's favourite child is now controversy's favourite child. Come success, come controversy. Controversies are inevitable, one's reaction to them, is optional. Roshan should not have reacted. Four years since he lost his job, Roshan is now battling his life after multiple gun shots; defending his actions before a spiritual guru whom he does not like at all. But life is not always your choice. The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life is all about.


Pranay Sahu’s book is different but not completely different. The book starts at a very great turn; someone’s life is completely shattered. The American Indian dream is a really nice take on the youth of India who are running here and there to find stability in their career.

The nice thing about the book is that it is divided year wise and thus there are no confusions at any point of time. The author divided every incident nicely and kept the leap intact with proper tags, making it easy to keep the track.

Book starting with problems become instantly hit. The whole episode of Roshan’s return and his further take on life is hilarious. It shows the perfect state of an adult who doesn’t have plans for unnecessary and unplanned changes in his/her life. What is more hilarious is a family who have different prospective towards these changes.

Indian families are weird and supportive, a deadly combo, and it was shown fully in the former part of the book.

The twist in the tale comes with Eternal Bliss. It was a perfect wrap up to the moving story. But what made this part equally graceful is the fact that the characters didn’t budge from what was expected them to do. We are shown what was shown from the start. Believers remained believers and vice-versa.

I was finding the after effects of the camp really suffocating because everything happened in a jiffy and things touch the sky in the blink of an eye. For me it was like a little away from reality and grounds, though I am not denying the existence of such stories. But it was not for this book from my point of view.

Summing up- The book has some great potential due to a well crafted downfall, some great incidents and bunch of people who meet suddenly to form a new life. The writing style was simple; vocabulary was not under or over the line. It was a good book.


• “ can be as open minded as the number of windows one lets open for her mind.”

• “...attention seeking is the beginning of the end of a relationship.”

• “...the worst, the most useless thing to do during bad times is to do nothing.”


This book has different elements, like friendship, success, love, spirituality and the real face of life. I recommend this for light reading and some great one-liners.

About the author-

Pranay Sahu is the classic case of an engineer turned MBA turned banker turned novelist. He is also an avid marathon runner, a stand up-comedian and a lonely traveller. Having lived in places like Kota, Bhopal, Indore, and Bangalore, Pranay now lives in Vadodara and divides his time between three cities, other two being Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

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