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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (Nov. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006153725X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061537257
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,785,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Dilly in Delhi July 21 2009
By Dick Johnson - Published on
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Our hero is a politician and father of thirteen - all still at home. I don't know which is scarier: a politician raising his own voter base; or raising thirteen kids. Thankfully, the terror stops there.

The fun, however, starts on page one and continues throughout the book. We have family follies and political pandemonium; coming-of-age and first-love; and lots of children.

I felt as if Mahajan was sitting next to me telling me the story; the writing was that real and 'friendly'. I am amazed that this is a first book. This being the P.S. edition, we also get the additional material from him in the back of the book.

Grab this one if you want to have fun and enjoy a satiric look at part of the life of India.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Touching Dec 15 2008
By Mary Lins - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought "Family Planning" right after hearing an interview with the young author, Karan Mahajan, on NPR. It was an impulse buy based on how intelligent and witty Mr. Mahajan had been in the interview; I was not disappointed. It's a delightful coming-of-age story and very humorous, which is not something I usually associate with tales set in Delhi, India. I'll be watching for more form this promising young man.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I laughed, I cried, I identified! Dec 18 2008
By Jessica W. Ley - Published on
Format: Paperback
As the adult program planner for a large suburban library in the NY metropolitan area, responsbile for booking author appearances, a huge number of books cross my desk. It would be impossible to read them all so I choose pages at random, trying to avoid being influenced by the publisher's hype. Karan Mahajan's "Family Planning" grabbed me right from the beginning...not his beginning but mine, which just happened to be page 137. A few pages later I went to page 1 and didn't stop until the end. He is visiting the Port Washington Public Library on Tuesday, August 11 @ 7:30 - I can't wait! If you're in the neighborhood, drop by.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Antic, chaotic, comic barrel of funky brain times, in New Delhi Jan. 14 2010
By Tony T. - Published on
Format: Paperback
With his effervescent debut, Karan Mahajan splatters onto the world stage, coating modern New Delhi in salty gouts of compassion, capturing what it means to be both human AND Indian, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Family Planning April 2 2009
By Carl E. Schoonover - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are many things to love in this immensely clever book. One that appeals to the scientist in me is Mahajan's virtuosic use of science-based metaphors and images to illustrate situations and feelings that are distinctly non-scientific. It is challenging enough for science writers to translate abstract descriptions of Nature into laymen's terms--a task that results more often than not in abusive metaphor-stretch and other such assaults on our language; but to successfully accomplish this work in the other direction (employing abstract scientific concepts to sketch the minutiae of human experience) is something of a coup. In less accomplished hands this sort of device is almost guaranteed to sound contrived and fall flat, but in "Family Planning" it blends seamlessly into Mahajan's cool, confident prose.