Family Planning

Family Planning 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 s

  • Title: Family Planning
  • Author: Karan Mahajan
  • ISBN: 9780061537257
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hoRakesh 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, Karen Mahajan brilliantly captures the frenetic pace of India s capital city to create a searing portrait of modern family life.

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    1. When you read Mahajan, you feel other people's feelings; you live in other lands and you are fully entertained. I found myself laughing on one page but aching with compassion on the next. His writing is exquisite. Although the social and cultural references will not be familiar immediately, the writing is so good that as you continue reading, you absorb the meaning of the references just as you would were you actually having the experience.

    2. This book had all the right elements but something just didn't work for me. I read the whole thing thinking "this is perfectly absurd, I should be laughing" but instead I just kept dozing off.

    3. What a spectacular book from a debut article. A seemingly simple subject on a family and its head in a few days is woven into a complex plot that is handled brilliantly, with a wickedly comic streak that keeps the reader entertained.d the human element of father son, husband wife and professional life, adolescent crush and a chaotic Indian city, all dealt with remarkable prose and dexterity.A must read for all walks of life, for its hilarious and brilliant portrayal of modern day India.

    4. If you want to pick up a Karan Mahajan book, then please read The Association of Small Bombs . After being very impressed by his second book I chose to read his first and it wasn't a good choice. As I struggled to get through this book I still don't know what this book is about . Meh

    5. A funny and quirky debut novel that follows the life of an Indian politician named Rakush, his eldest son Anjur, and the rest of his enormous family. The narrative jumps back and forth between Rakush and Anjur as they both are going through trying times in their lives. I'm nowhere near an expert on Indian culture or politics, but from what little I've heard, this seems like a fairly spot on send up of both.

    6. This is a wild romp of a book about a family of thirteen (going on fourteen) in New Delhi, India. The pov shifts between the oldest kid, a sixteen year old boy, his dad, a pregnant woman loving politician, and the poor, poor wife/mom. The author does a really wonderful job of folding in past story, and running the plot into complications, and depicting the interactions of teenage boys. A very fun read, by a very nice guy-- a new friend in the neighborhood.

    7. A fast, breezy, comic read. The writer has a clever voice that was a lot of fun to spend a day with. He was really young when he wrote this, and the understanding of relationships is definitely emotionally immature. The female characters are particularly cartoonish. But the book does uproar and caper exceedingly well.

    8. This is a great comic novel about an Indian politician in Delhi, his teenage son and his very large and growing family. It's very entertaining and Mahajan is an author I'll read again, but he doesn't so much bring his story to closure as just bring it to a stop.

    9. I read this because it was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2010.It stared out good - interesting characters, chaotic family and city setting, but it kind of wore out for me. I have a feeling it would be much funnier to people who had lived or live in New Delhi.

    10. I read this because I thought Mahajan's later book (The Association of Small Bombs) was so well written. This book attempts humor amid chaos. It succeeds at times, but there are lapses. The Delhi politics remained obtuse for me; I struggled to understand what was going on. The Sagrita character (the main character's long-suffering and always pregnant) wife is undeveloped, more cartoon than anything else. What does succeed is a picture of a city in turmoil: building half-done and abandoned, human [...]

    11. Humorous domestic debut novel with serious themes of sexual dysfunction, desires, family dynamics and Indian society in a plot focusing on the personal dramas of a father and eldest son in an unusually large family, alternating chapters switch from the point of view of the father to the son.  I liked the humor and found the teenage son to be a more sympathetic character than the well-meaning but inept father.Father and son are both well developed characters but the Mother appears as a "large em [...]

    12. The book is about the Ahuja family, situated in New Delhi, India. It runs through the life of three main characters and features only their POV’s. The father, Rakesh Ahuja, is the Minister of Urban Development and has over 13 kids with his wife. The mother, Sangita Ahuja is the perpetually pregnant, tv-obssessed, placid wife. And the oldest son, Arjun Ahuja is a 16 year old with a lot of feelings. Simply put, the book captures a slice of their normal life, between some monumental moments. From [...]

    13. I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.Rakesh Ahuja has thirteen children (with one on the way) and a wife whom he is attracted to only when she is pregnant. He is the Minister of Urban Development in the Indian government, but his personal and political clashes are taking their toll. In particular, he's dealing with his immature and moody oldest son, Arjun, and a political coup started by the (on-screen) death of the country's most famous soap star [...]

    14. The writer grew up in India, came to Stanford for college, and now lives in New York, where I heard him at a reading. He has a wonderful voice, both in life and on the page; it rises humorous, wise, compassionate, and bold, to pull you immediately into the story and guide you companionably forward through it. He also has a fabulous control of language and I found myself smiling frequently as I read at the sheer bodily pleasure of a perfect yet unexpected phrase or metaphor. The organizing struct [...]

    15. Not a great book but did have its moments. It is the story of an Indian politician, his oldest son and his other twelve children. The son's story revolves around his quest to impress a girl by convincing her that he plays in a band. His interaction with friends and family is funny and points out the fickleness of young love. At the same time his father's story revolves around the tragic story of his true love and the arranged marriage that follows her death. Parts of the book's descriptions of t [...]

    16. I'm always a little suspicious of books labeled as "darkly comic" or "comic novels," because quite often an editor or publisher's idea of funny and mine are fairly different. I enjoyed this book a lot but I don't know that it's all that funny. It's a very interesting story, however, of an Indian government official, his fairly disconnected wife and their 13 children. The juxtaposition of Mr. Ahuja's viewpoints with his oldest son's worked really well, although I'll admit some of the descriptions [...]

    17. This story primarily focused on Rakesh Ahuja, a politician in India, and his wife and one of his many children. I found the marital relationship fascinating. I didn't quite understand his work political issues, but it could have been that I was so intrigued by the marital aspect that I was just phoning it in when he was dealing with the work issues. The son Arjun was interesting but really didn't get a lot of airtime except for his crush on the girl on the bus that he tries to do a rock concert [...]

    18. I'm more than a little biased because I lived in a dorm with the author my freshman year of college. On the other hand, good fiction is usually wasted on me, so hopefully those biases balance each other out. This book starts out a little slow, but is great when it hits its stride. It's full of subtle comedy and even subtler drama. My only real complaint is that I felt like not being Indian, or at least Indian American, was a handicap in absorbing the full texture of the descriptions and the char [...]

    19. Not my style. Some interesting plot elements based in relationships: a father fumbling as he tries to figure out how to reveal the past to his firstborn son, who is now a teenager; the son, fumbling as he tries to create a rock band to impress his crush; the stepmother, who's never known someone who loves her. Set in modern-day India against the crazy machinations of a corrupt government bureaucracy.

    20. This was an intensely pleasurable read for me, and I would recommend it to just about anyone. The writing is fast-paced and witty, funny in a very unexpected and off-the-wall way that really tickled me. The overall arc of the plot felt a little crumbly towards the end -- I felt that it ended abruptly, or maybe just with little resolution, but it wasn't enough to sully the great experience I had reading this book.

    21. Bitvis en riktigt bra bok men den har också några riktigt djupa dalar. En form av uppväxtroman där författaren följer en trettonbarnsfar och hans äldsta son. Det blir liksom vaken hackat eller malet, jag lyckas inte förstå någon av personerna i boken vaken fadern, sonen eller frun som "råkar" få ett kapitel mitt i boken.

    22. I wanted to like this book, but: there's no plot to speak of. The characters are not particularly credible. Despite the premise and promise -- twelve siblings and the eldest, a teenager -- it's not funny. The style occasionally does have something to recommend it, but only occasionally. All in all, the book feels as if it were written by a twenty year old for those of fifteen.

    23. I heard an interview with the writer on NPR and went out and bought the book. I felt I had walked into a slice of life of present day middle class India, seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy. This writer is hilarious and at points I just laughed out loud. This is a quick read.

    24. I'm not sure what I think of this. It was interesting and I liked it, but I did not get a cohesive "big-picture" though that easily could be because my reading was mostly a little at a time and during a very mentally busy month.

    25. It;s about a boy who wants to inpress someone but also who wants attention. and Its about a Man, His father, who mourns his first wife's, need his son's love, and I think he wants some sort of power too. Oh well, read it if you dare.

    26. At first I gave this 4 stars. It's really pretty good for what it is. But the attitude towards women is just revolting, and although I usually overlook that sort of thing without even realizing that I'm overlooking it (because honestly, it's so common), it's just too much in this novel.

    27. I was impressed by how lightly this book treated weighty subjects. I was also surprised at how well the young author portrayed the psychological violence with which members of a family treat each other. Recommended for fans of Philip Roth and Salman Rushdie.

    28. Thought I would like this book, but the lack of plot really made it hard for me to finish. There were some comic scenes, and good writing, but overall I really didn't see the point, and was hoping that the author would get to it, but didn't.

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