sends more of its students, employees, spouses, and brains abroad than most other
countries in the world. Many of them go to America; and when they arrive, they
are in for the culture shock of their lives. From having to immediately modify
their name (Annapoorna becomes Anna)
to knowing how to field curious Americans’ questions ("Do you speak Indian?"), it can be
an overwhelming transition.
In Ketchup & Curry: Your
Guide to Life and Success in America, Vivek Sreedhar helps bridge the
gap between Indian and American culture in a humorous and informative manner
through the eye popping adventures of Subramaniam Venkataraman Parthasarathy
(Subbu) in America.
Starting his American life being called a FOB
(fresh off the boat), and having his name butchered, Subbu is thrown into the
dollar-to-rupee conversion and Bollywood to Hollywood drama. From then on begins the long
and emotional journey of Subbu's transformation as he goes from Slumdog to Swag
and learns the ABCDs of being an IBCD (Indian Born Confused Desi). He even starts dating for real (not shaadi.com).
When Subbu returns to India, the
culture shock comes back to haunt him, keeping his heart torn between his
American girlfriend, Angela, and his childhood friend Sulokshana. He struggles
to find where his heart really lies: within the bustling streets of Detroit or
the humid, homely galis of southern India. What does he do...choose Angela
or Sulokshana...America or India?
hilarious guide to life and success in America. Must read for anyone aspiring
to go abroad!" - Vikram Krishnan, Partner at Oliver Wyman
"Finally! A book that screams the story of every Indian who
came to America to live the American Dream!"- Vijayata Sanghvi, Statistical
Analyst at PRA International
"Very informative and funny, this book is a great read for
Indians moving to the States." - Dr.
Anupama Shekar, Ph.D., University of
"This book should appeal to both first time
travelers looking for perspectives on life in America as well as fully
integrated immigrants who will look back at their life and smile at how far
they have come."- Shavin Shahnawaz, Manager at Deloitte
Vivek Sreedhar was born in Chennai, India and came to America to pursue a degree in Engineering. Over a course of time, he has worked and lived with people from various cultures and backgrounds in the USA while overcoming all the differences and hurdles of migrating to a new country. He is now a successful professional with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration and has worked for Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. He currently resides in the US with his Indian-American wife.