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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Bad Swami Productions; 1 edition (21 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578116138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578116136
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,982,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sanjit Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Anita, two dogs, Evi and Colbert, and cat, Buff. He is a contributing writer to the humor blog, Bad Swami, www.badswami.com, and is periodically featured on the Kevin and Bean Afro Line segment on KROQ in Los Angeles. Sanjit has read some of the bestselling books of all time including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Da Vinci Code, Think and Grow Rich, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Are You Indian?: A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in AmericaI was lucky enough to be possibly THE first person to get their hands on this book in the UK....
A keen follower of @Badswami on Twitter I'm familiar with his sense of humour (for the initiated @Badswami is Sanjit Singh) I follow his blog and love the sock puppet adventures of Falgun and Ashok...
This is Sanjits publishing debut , and I hope the sign of things to come...

As soon as I heard about the book I begged for a review copy and my wish was granted (thank you Twitter/Sanjit/Universe...) I got a message saying the book would be here Dec 3rd,BUT next day knock on the door, postman and here it was...

Had tons to do, told myself it was staying to one side until finished, then, thought, well...
may as well have a peek....you can guess the rest...its funny, very funny, and not convinced you have to be Indian to appreciate the humour....and I didn't put it down until the last page... I even loved the afterword..

Its a very desi book... gentle humour for the most part, accurate as all good humour should be, capturing the insanity of human behaviour... but with a teeny weeny little undertone of seriousness and a very strong love and pride in Mr Singh saabs 'heritage'....

Its a book that I can see many 'NRA's enjoying... non-resident Apne,non resident 'brown' folk wherever their roots were, Pakistan, India Bangladesh
and I think its got great value for people who know nothing about this world of the 'brown kid in a white world..'
Regardless of who you are, the sense of humour is quietly wicked...
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Are You Indian? 8 Jan. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Are You Indian?: A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in America: Sanjit Singh

Before reading this book, understanding the Indian family and learning more about the wild and wacky aunts and uncles you need to see where you fit in and whether indeed You Are Indian. Now, you ask how do I go about doing that? Simple enough: Do what I did and take the all important, revealing and enlightening Indian Quick Quiz on page 2 and find out once and for all: Are You Really Indian? I did but for right now I won't tell you the results. But, I will tell that on page 3 the author gives you a way to define and understand you responses. So, go ahead and find out for yourself you might be surprised.

Let's start by meeting out author at an early age and learning more about his family, the hierarchy of relationships and just how he fits in and why Indian families are not any different than hours. They have tons of relatives, immigrant parents and aunts and uncles coming out of the woodwork making their family not much different than mine. So, let's talk about relatives and realize that Indian Aunts and Uncles are no different than ours except for some things that I will highlight. Indian Uncles are the worst dressers says the author as he describes their apparel on pages 11-12. They are awful conversationalists and sometimes it is really hard to understand what they are saying and often you wonder how to respond. Next, we have the dread Aunties who red dot is a trademark on their foreheads. Aunties have rights that most relatives do not so if you tend to do the wrong thing, or even not do the wrong thing you might be punished in case you do the wrong or are expected to do the wrong thing. Some Aunties have poor aim and you never know which part of your party they will strike. The author relates real live experiences growing up and the things he had to endure at the hand of his Aunties and his parents. You know how sometimes we forget things or parents say we have selective memories well Aunties do too. They can remember something from 20 years ago and not from last week. So, never try to put one over on your Auntie. They are extreme shoppers, they won't hesitate to embarrass you and like my Aunts they are great at making you feel guilty even if you are not. Read Auntie-tainment and Indian Uncles and Aunties and read the hysterical stories that the author relates. Next, would you like to visit the Indian Home? First understand the décor and then something that really made me smile: The "proof of Life," within 25 minutes of reading your destination rule. That brought back memories of when I would go out with friends and have to check in every hour to make sure that I was where I said I was going and was going to return home on time. Of course my mom did not send out an APB, fax my picture to Interpol or call the local news team, no she just sent my grandfather and father to come get me. Indian children have chores and studies just like we do and the primary goal of every Indian student is to make sure they pass and study for the SAT test. Your goal should you choose to accept the mission as the author states is to make sure that you study and attend intensive SAT sessions which cost 40 dollars. The author relates this cost to the price of a movie ticket, popcorn, medium coke and other snacks.

Sanjit Singh presents a view of Indian people that most people would not know and for those of us on twitter we know him as Bad Swami and this humorous book allows you the reader to get to know just how it feels to grow up Indian. So, did you take the quiz yet? Do you parents have drawers full of ketchup packages from McDonalds? Do your parents yell into the phone even when they are not calling India? Do you parents say things like Why can't you get straight A's like Priya? If your answer to any of these questions turns out to be yes, you are really Indian.

The discussions about the Indian AUntires are followed by other Indian experiences such as spelling bees, sports and other helpful school tips. This is where I began thinking that maybe I might be related to the author since my mom's tips seem to mirror many of the ones he received in some respects. Such as number one getting A's or paying a heavy punishment. How do deal with bullies on the playground, and never re-enact Bollywood dancing scenes on the school playground. The rest you need to read for yourself. The author continues with Indian Frugality and then Eating- Ka-leen your Pee-late! You can figure that our and what is means. Indian desserts you decide if you want to try one as the author shares them on pages 58- 61. The next chapters discuss Indian Restaurants, Indian Movies, Indian Social Gatherings and The Auntie Showdown. In case you don't know that they are it means Aunties can arrive at anytime and without any notice. The conversation and the true meaning of what An Auntie Showdown is you need to read pages 73- 75 followed by The Pit Bull Auntie. The author continues by telling readers about Original Desi Gangstas, The Indian Goodbye- A Slow Death which accounts for why it can take over 30 minutes or more for guests to leave and finally say goodbye. The Uber-ISG or the Indian Wedding is next and the necessary things you need to practice while reading this book so that you are totally prepared for the event. For example I tried and mastered number on The Shoulder Shrug think I have it down pat. Next, "Screw in the Light Bulb," you can figure that one out, "The Pinwheel," in case you are drunk at the wedding or just plain want to have fun you might enjoy this one. Marriage ads, Indian names and tons of other aspects of just being an Indian in America. The funniest part of this chapter is how people butcher or destroy your name in so many ways. I can see the author standing in front of an audience and relating his experiences. This book is so funny it will cheer you up on a snowy day when the flakes are coming down or a stormy night when you want to read something filled with fun, interest and not watch television. Now, remember your job is to get into Harvard or Stanford. If you don't well you a second rate human being and your parents and uncles well you don't want to know. Just read the chapter titled College to understand where you fit in the food chain and your final fate will be. Get used to solitary confinement with books and college applications until you get into the college of your parent's choice. From an early age, namely when they are born, Indian children are primed to be DOCTORS!. So, if you want your parents to be overjoyed and elated you need to become a neurosurgeon if not they will be slighted elated as long as you are a doctor. Lawyer, engineer just well not great and feigned Heart Attack for anything else.

Now, for another quiz: FOB's and ABCDs. FOB stands for Fresh off the Boat and ABCD: American Born Confused Desi. Now where do you fit in you want to know? Are you and FOB or ABCD take the quiz on page 100 to find out. Once you know which one you read the handy tips for FOBs in America and then FOB's impersonating ABCDs and Tips for ABCD's in India and then Problems with Accents.

You Indian? Is a delightful little book for everyone who is Indian growing up in the United State as well as for those who love Indians and can stand to learn more about Indians in America? Let's not forget those ABCD's pretending to be FOBs. Some Americans tend to gravitate toward Indian culture and are called Indophiles. How to know if you are one you need to read pages 115-117. Stereotyping is not uncommon and after you read this book you will be more than enlightened. His humor is infectious and his understanding of Indian culture vast. Finding A Mate is really funny when parents tell you that you must now mate from You cannot date. So, what changed their minds? Men are encouraged to advance quickly in their careers and women are encouraged to cook and push towards a career making sure you can create an entire Indian Meal. Then, the matchmaking begins, the candidates are lined up and presented and you well have no vote. So, what happens if you want to escape and not get entangled: just say" Is anyone interested in seeing my tattoo," or heaven forbid: you got your first B. If that doesn't send the person flying away fast I am sure you will think of something else. Marriage Ads and Pure Online Comedy is followed by Love and Lust Marriages are discussed and finally Other Cultural Oddies that he encountered at airports and a true story involving the TSA on page 134. Indians the Media, Indian Superheroes and the afterword that something about the author today as he shares information about the discrimination Indians face, the difficulties his parents faced and the stories they told him. Some of the proceeds from this book he states go to Arpana a charity in India that provides critical medical care to the poor and underprivileged.
Some of the sections are so funny you might not want to drink anything before reading them. The glossary at the end will help you remember the many words you learned. The author's description of the Desi community is accurate and quite enlightening. His humor and clever wit keeps the reader's interest. Are You Indian? Take the Quiz and find out and after reading this book you might realize that there is some Indian in everyone. This is a must read for everyone. What did I learn? Koftas: Indian Meatball usually made of lamb or beef. Laddoo: An Indian Dessert.

What will I rate this book: Three Hot Chais and Two huge platters of Samosa: Or Five Golden Stars.
Official Desisisters Stamp of Approval 25 Nov. 2012
By Desisister_jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to be possibly THE first person to get their hands on this book in the UK....
A keen follower of @Badswami on Twitter I'm familiar with his sense of humour (for the initiated @Badswami is Sanjit Singh) I follow his blog and love the sock puppet adventures of Falgun and Ashok...
This is Sanjits publishing debut , and I hope the sign of things to come...

As soon as I heard about the book I begged for a review copy and my wish was granted (thank you Twitter/Sanjit/Universe...) I got a message saying the book would be here Dec 3rd,BUT next day knock on the door, postman and here it was...

Had tons to do, told myself it was staying to one side until finished, then, thought, well...
may as well have a peek....you can guess the rest...its funny, very funny, and not convinced you have to be Indian to appreciate the humour.... didn't put it down until the last page... I even loved the afterword..

Its a very desi book... gentle humour for the most part, accurate as all good humour should be, capturing the insanity of human behaviour... but with a teeny weeny little undertone of seriousness and a very strong love and pride in Mr Singh saabs 'heritage'....

Its a book that I can see many 'NRA's enjoying... non-resident Apne,non resident 'brown' folk wherever their roots were, Pakistan, India Bangladesh
and I think its got great value for people who know nothing about this world of the 'brown kid in a white world..'
Regardless of who you are, the sense of humour is quietly wicked...and not to be missed by the discerning reader of witty humour :) (I am including myself in that category :))

Amongst the disclaimers pre-content, no offence meant, I love my culture, blah blah... Mr BadSwami slips in with
'If after reading these disclaimers, you are still offended by my observations and stories, then the two of us should put 'ghee' all over our bodies and wrestle to the death. Its really the best way to settle difference of opinion' .. yeah, I laughed out loud...spat my chai out even...

the book opens withba quiz, 'Are You indian'... have to confess, white as I am, I didnlt score too badly.. long story... but following the quiz...your resulst are assessed..

'very' Indian, book = roadmap to growing up as an Indian In America

'Somewhat ' Indian = 'helpful guide to growing up 'rather' Indian in America.

'Non-Indian' ... 'an interesting, voyeuristic look into the cultrural mishaps of being an Indian in America..'

I loved it.... already hastily pencilling onto my Christmas present list for friends that i know will be grateful for the humour..

I seriously hope this is the first of many books to come from Sanjit Singh...The afterword really drew my attention.... I'll let you find that one yourself.... but think there are more stories to be told...and certainly the lyrical skill to do them justice...

I love the book, I love Bad Swami(Sanjit Singh) ,what more can I say
Americans Can Learn About Indians 18 Dec. 2012
By CAROLYN SHADLE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Are You Indian? is a delightful little book for everyone who is Indian growing up in the United State as well as for those who love Indians and can stand to learn more about Indians in America.

The author has a great grasp of the issues faced by Indians living in the U.S. His exaggerations make his claims humorous. For those of us who are not Indian, we learn a lot about what Indians in America face.

Language and accent often divide people. The author has a cute chapter with tips for Indians whom he calls "FOB," Fresh Off the Boat. Knowing these should make us all more tolerant - even while smiling.

There is much that is just plain informative - like Indians in the media, Indians on Twitter, and the glossary.

The chapter on Indophiles is also instructive, while humorous. Oh, we have so many stereotypes! The author helps us see them. In a light-hearted way, he has done a lot to help us get beyond discrimination.

I was also impressed to read that a portion of the proceeds of the book will go to Arpana, a charity in India providing critical medical are to the poor and underprivileged. I am happy to contribute.
Fun Take on Indian Culture in America 14 Dec. 2012
By fo1mock3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As soon as I read the first couple of pages of "Are You Indian?" I was hooked. Singh has to be a natural comedian because he carries the funny so well through all chapters. The humor is both sophomoric and intelligent which is an inclusive mix for most any consumer of comedy.

Though I understand the book lampoons cultural stereotypes I'm still not sure what to think of the sketched caricatures but the funny, for me, is in the stories, tips, and speech manipulations.

I'm neither Indian nor immigrant and I absolutely enjoyed the read. Indophiles, Brown Fever-iles, and others: If you are, at least, curious about other cultures and enjoy a good laugh you should add this title to your library.
Funny stuff 16 Dec. 2012
By Deep Singh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Author S. Singh writes a biting yet spot on commentary about newly arrived Indians and their children. From his ISG (Indian Social Gatherings) to his FOBs (Fresh off the Boats), Singh pokes fun at himself, his family and the hilarious juxtaposition of cultures that make newly immigrated Indians and their children simultaneously amused and frustrated with one another.
"Tough Questions for the Young Indian," is my favorite. You will read this section as an ABCD and fall over laughing at the responses you wished you had though of over the years. Don't forget to glance at the Career Choices Pie Chart. Singh's side splitting commentary is not for the faint of heart, but will have you giggling for hours.
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