Chalta Hai
Punit Pania

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Everyday life poses everyday questions. Rs. 100 bribe for writing an FIR? But this helmet is only made up of cardboard and string? You can’t vote ‘coz they stole the ballot box? Is this tax deductible? Most are just nags, others are worries and some are existential questions.

But we can still live to fight another day with one simple but universal answer: Chalta Hai. You know what they say about simplicity being underrated. Chalta Hai simply means: ‘That’s ok.’ But on closer inspection, on deeper thought and with painful experience you realize that the true sense of this term is a mixture of ‘Altruism my ass!’ and ‘whatever.’ This is a dangerous concoction that blinds its consumer to the point of him ending up as road kill himself for others to remark: Chalta hai.

With a billion such consumers, the expressway to India’s foreordained progress will continue to be littered with shoddiness and apathy. And if you are not a phoney or a crony on this expressway, you are probably trying to keep to the left under the speed limit and paying all the toll. Life can be tough for the conscientious taxpayer. It is with this thought of mounting frustration and last ditch counter that I have put together ‘Chalta Hai: Surviving Phonies and Cronies in Modern India.’

Chalta Hai is a 75,000 word satire steeped no holds barred self-help soul softener that combines the broadside approach of a Carlin performance with the heart of a Dalrymple chronicle.

Though the book is not set out to topple any dictators (yet), the aim is to learn to spot bull shit and avoid it with some genuine laughs along the way. ‘Coz if you don’t know what BS smells like, you may be stepping in it already.

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Cam Mac

Well, for someone who cares about himself and the money earned in a hard way and doesn't give a fuck about what others think, this book is amazing. Those are my exact personal thoughts about the "systems" we follow.

Oct 12 '14
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Rasika

Liked reading this, though the language could have been cleaner in general.
I understand that the words used are to express the momentary frustrations of the character's experiences, still.
A good read.

Oct 04 '14
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Suman Tanwar

It's a good read.

Sep 21 '14
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Nitin Bhandari

Its just a satire / sarcasm..crisp and clear narrative style.Did not enjoyed reading beyond chapter 1.As the title says Chalta hai..the book is also like that only.

Sep 19 '14
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Mohit Gulati

Rip off is the new mantra for business.. Pretty sure ur book will b an inspiration for many to change their lifestyle n get a little more smart.. Great read dude!! Keep it up...

Sep 05 '14
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Rhythm Nadda

I really like ur piece on how people are getting cheated on in the name of education..
The rich getting richer n poor poorer..this is the state of our country today n ur book exemplifies it beautifully n is really enlightening..

Sep 05 '14
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Bhavana mishra

I can relate to most events described in ur book... Really makes me introspect as to how many times I may have been in a situation like that...
U have really impressed me with ur writing n intelligent satire... Great read!!! Keep on writing buddy...

Sep 05 '14
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Nivedita singh

Amazing script..very intelligent writing...
Really makes u think how easy it is to manipulate people just by knowing their weaknesses...
Keep going...looking forward to see more of ur writing!!!

Sep 05 '14
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Sujata kotha

Great read!!!!

Sep 02 '14
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Rakesh Rao

great book, a must read!!!

Sep 02 '14
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Damini Majumdar

The satire is appreciable and the situations are something that everyone can relate to since sure as hell all of us have experienced and felt irritated by some/most/all of those! The narration is witty. It keeps getting better as we proceed, so would like to read till the end.

Aug 05 '14
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vvsan97

well researched and detailed satire. Makes you ask the question that "Is anything correct in this world". Hopefully somewhere down the storyline, something positive might show up, will like to read this book for that....

Aug 03 '14
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hrishikesh pandey

Title is simple but the story is more complicated and is even made more complicated by use of farce words.Sorry.

Jul 26 '14
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TEStazyk

Utterly irreverent but like all good satire, it's spot on. Would love to see more!

Jul 21 '14
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Natasha

Simply Amazing...A must Read!!!!!!!!
Intelligent writing and very witty

Jul 13 '14
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sindhoora kotha

great read!! much needed eye opener for all those getting ripped off in the name of hope!!

Jul 10 '14
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Sanjeev Agarwal

Great book to read. Would recommend all to read.

Jul 04 '14
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Santosh Shukla

Brings back the REAL world to us, the world that is nor perfect but is definitely fuuny! Great work by Punit. Cannot wait for the real book any more... Bring it on Jaldi

Jul 04 '14
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Abhijit Deshmukh

I set out with the intent of quoting my favorite passages from this book. By the end I realized there was only one: "Chalta Hai." What, you ask? I'm saying the whole frickin' thing is quotable!

Chalta Hai is hilarious. I snorted, I chortled, I laughed so hard I accidentally drooled. This is everything I hoped it would be. Cant wait to see the full version out.

Jul 01 '14
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Joyson Das

It's time you get over the motivational babble that goes in the name of self-help books - activities that have only added to your 'time wasted on earth' column. Here, Punnu is ready to shove a comic pill down your throat that barely masks the miserable life, you lead. And the best part, you think he is not talking about you. Now, he is a super funny guy and he cannot write anything other than that which is in his own image – neurotic, cynical, difficult, spiteful, witty, indignant, acidic, warm yet distant.

More power to you Pania. Go Go Go!!!

Jul 01 '14
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Hitesha Deshpande

When you are being flooded with planned temptations also known as advertisements, to the point where the temptations become actually quite annoying, you would love to read Chalta hai. Perhaps one of the few books that talks about the marketing world without sugar coating it too much. And in the current scenario where every second person you bump into wants to talk about his or her B-school learning or an interesting lack thereof, this book makes an entertaining read. Crisp, easy flowing language (a little too flippant sometimes but its creative liberty!) and well segmented writing definitely adds a little more value to the book.

Jun 30 '14
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Bhavesh Harish Dave

Would like BGB to publish this book at the earliest for the benefit of larger audience.

Jun 30 '14
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Mangesh Jadhav

Spread More Smiles with great books like this!!

Jun 30 '14
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Asiya Shikilkar

Impressed!
This was a completely hilarious read; I really liked reading wedding part. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the topics chosen
A book which everyone will like to read and connect....

Jun 30 '14
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Sharon Robin Thomas

Saucy humour in a modern format, most apt for an e-book
After the laughter has subsided, it also leaves you thinking…
Punit write often, you have a good audience out there…Cheers!

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Anita Kewat

Chalta Hai is very strange and different kind of book. It is more of a collection, a collage. The title may be in HIndi, but I found the English very polished!

Good Work!

Jun 30 '14
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Kiran Joshi

Nice book Punit. Had good laugh reading it.

Jun 30 '14
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Shama Kini

Excellent looking forward to read further

Jun 30 '14
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Sunil Thakur

Not all may agree with the tone of the book but the central message can't be denied. Can we really progress till this Chalta Hai attitude prevails??

PS: Love the cover

Jun 29 '14
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Veeru Sholay

The index makes for an interesting mix of topics. Facebook, Sexperts, South Indian Movies, McDonalds, Godmen, Six packs...
Can't wait to read your take on these common...errr..ailments

Best of Luck!

Jun 29 '14
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Reshma Patel

Good Book..Keep it up

Jun 29 '14
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Prashant Padhye

LMAO at the section on Matrimonial ads and theme weddings. Dabangg themed wedding where the groom can wear Pandu shades indoors. Saas-bahu themed wedding where everyone can play themselves but there are a lot more close-ups! And in the same chapter, the author manages to bring up some very serious shit like dowry and child marriage. Makes for a heady mix!

Jun 29 '14
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Sanjay Patel

Really a good book on modern india and Chalta hai attitude, Good luck to author

Jun 29 '14
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Arpita Padhye

I am not a bookworm. The shorter individual essay format works for me. And there are many memorable quotes Hope to see more such books in the future...

Jun 29 '14
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Samuel Rebello

I have known Punit for a decade now. I have seen his writing style evolve from gawky slavishly accurate description of the road side life in Bombay to the dry satire of everyday office life which his blog proudly proclaims. This work is a refreshing piece for leisure reading. Somewhere, it does challenge the average 21st century guy to rethink of the attitude life has taken around him. PS Happy to know he wrote it in Goa (my home town).

Jun 29 '14
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SAHIL SHAH

Fresh voice and a courageous swipe at consumer culture. The quotes interspersed with the chapters make for a poignant yet humorous read. Well Done!!!

Jun 29 '14
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Vineet Irani

Tucked away in the middle of the explosive humour is the bit on child marriage and dowry. An important message delivered in the most unique way. Way to go!

Jun 29 '14
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Sweta Sharma

Nailed it with 'Interviews for school admissions.' Best of Luck!

Jun 29 '14
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Sneha Agarwal

A good book to read. It not only speaks volumes of author's ability to put down his thoughts, observations and ideas in words but also reflects the hard work and time that has gone in the research work. Keep up the good work Paniaji!!

Jun 29 '14
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Cham Eli

Yahaan sab kuch chalta hai!

Jun 29 '14
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Kapileshwar Maillik

Dark humour that is not everyone's cup of tea. Kapil fans, stay away!

Jun 29 '14
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Rick Shah

'So your new Sedan gives you 12 km/Lit*^#

* On a National Highway so empty it looks post-apocalyptic

^ If you are lucky
# And when pigs fly'
lol, Hitting Like!

Jun 29 '14
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Ravi

'Advertisements: Sterile Blowjobs' Bam! Had me at the first line

Jun 29 '14
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Shaunak De

Funny, Quirky and an entertaining read.

Jun 29 '14
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Ravish Karan Singh

An enticing recipe for 3 chapters of laugh. Original and insightful. Funny and remarkable!

Jun 28 '14
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Mansi Raval

Really good writing Punit.
A must read for all who enjoy sensible humour in ordinary mundane life.

Jun 28 '14
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Kaushal Vyas

‘Chalta hain’, a classic work of dry humour by a keen observant.
A sincere effort of an ‘aam aadmi’, a common man’s logic to all the phonies in today’s India where all he is left to say is ‘kamaal hain bhaisaab, jaanedo yaar sab ‘Chalta hain’.
A must read!! Kudos Punit.

Jun 28 '14
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Pankaj

Punit knows the art of killing the accused by tickling them, they die either out of a lung-burst or by his sharp fingers! Innovative,non-inhibitive writing style coupled with the sharp detailed observations of the Chalta-hai attitude and the environment it thrives on, distinguishes Punit and his work. I reserve the one star for the remaining chapters that we, the victims deservingly need to watch out for!

Jun 28 '14
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Sanjay Kaul

Beautifully written, Chalta Hai by Punit Pania is extremely readable. Serious subjects treated with extreme simplicity and humour.

Jun 28 '14
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Mandar Surve

Chalta Hai is like a stand-up show and a self-help book rolled into one powerful package

I recommend it to anyone with an open worldview and a slightly divergent sense of humour

Jun 27 '14
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Santosh Sanap

Best thing about chalta hai is that any part can be read at anytime anywhere
the humor is unique and message is memorable

Jun 27 '14
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Abhishek Bagwe

Great entertainer & great food for thought at the same time!!

Jun 27 '14
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Shainaz Sanket Devle

Chalta hai very clearly reflects "who we are" !! In this world of consumerism, we are really being pulled across from all ends. It is upon us to think and reflect upon the hard hitting facts about our society today. The values we are passing on, the prejudices that we haven't abandoned yet, the masked fake persona behind our real faces... the author has very well summed up that we live in a society where "chalta hai" has become the norm with all of us. Kudos to the author for such bold, striking work and research based facts and figures. The book conveys the real situation spiced with a very good sense of humor. An excellent piece of work!!

Jun 27 '14
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Manish Bhagat

This scripture will leave Fond (Err...) memories of all phonies and cronies in modern India and 'Bharat' in addition to the submissive slavery which defines our financial existence... Excellent read.. Punit..Hope to see more of the monumental wisdom in Slaves inc.!! all the best..

Jun 26 '14
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Gurunath Bhadekar

Great work Punit, your writing style is has different flavour. and cover says it all.

Jun 26 '14
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Vishakha Potdar

Hard Hitting Facts ! ... Sad but True ! ... Great going ...

Jun 26 '14
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Vedant Pandit

Chalta Hai is refreshingly boisterous take on how we live and being Indian

Any part can be read at randomly making for easy reading but with a lasting impression

Jun 25 '14
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Ritu Vidhani

I have read Punit Pania's articles and blogs for the last 3 years. His articles are worth reading .

Jun 25 '14
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Louisa

Chalta hai encompasses every mundane thing that you think about or have thought about …consciously or unconciously.Things that often occur to you but never seem to have the right words…(or the right time) to vocalize it or put it all down. Punit has hit the nail on the head with this one!
The pungent humor is as exciting as suddenly chewing on a green chilli in your otherwise bland puri bhaji.The little quips and quotes evoke a smirk when you are least expecting it.
An excellent read!

Jun 25 '14
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Nishant Padhye

Great Book. Nice to read.
More fun than Farmville and Candy Crush combined!

Jun 24 '14
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Amol Gupte

Awesome!

Jun 24 '14
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Reetesh Shetty

The Bitter Truth delivered in an entertaining fashion.

Jun 24 '14
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Pankaj Dikholkar

hilariously scripted, for all time read, king of good times, times new roman, words carefully distilled from the remote brains on the island of Goa, with special appointment to HRH :)

Jun 24 '14
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Nabeel Anwar

Excellent examples which everyone can relate in day to day life. Really thoughtful compilation. Hats off!!!

Jun 23 '14
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Nimit Shah

Great Work!!

Jun 23 '14
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pushpak

Stephan King in his book On Writing mentions that an author must describe things you and I experience but just can't describe! That's what Punit's book does. He takes the 'slice of life' and gives us a different spin - most importantly humorous one! what better way to self-help than smile at things life throws at us daily!

Jun 22 '14
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dr mihir desai

awesome combination of satire,humor,,n reality..and as the author says its definitely a detox...it makes u smile n laugh at numerous occasions,i bet you will find yourself in at least 3 occasions mentioned in the book...good to see how punit combines real life incidents in these 75000 words,..one tip for a good read for true bookworms-have a glass of scotch or wine and sail through this beautiful depiction of utter bullshit in which our culture is standing at d moment

Jun 22 '14
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Kinnar Shingada

Nicely described the irony of common man & best part is Irony is described using Humor. Good job Punit !!!!

Jun 22 '14
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Brunold S Lopes

Very well written. Fortunately or unfortunately this is all what we do in life. If you are rich or poor or whatever, you face life the same way as it comes. I think the society and the mentality of people greatly influences everyone and the author presents good examples of these. Criss Jami tells us “Sense of humor defines people, as factions, deeper rooted than religious or political opinions. When carrying out everyday tasks, opinions are rather easy to set aside, but those whom a person shares a sense of humor with are his closest friends. They are always there to make the biggest influence.” Enjoy!

Jun 21 '14
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Atit Mistry

Keen observation and cautious optimism are the virtues of the content of this book. Punit smartly narrates the incidents and examples to provide a very entertaining perspective to our everyday life, wrapped in a very connective and fluent read, which we often tend to overlook and smirk at...

Jun 21 '14
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Legal_Brain

Laced with humour, Chalta Hai depicts the idiosyncrasies that we as Indians have, as the title suggests, accepted as part of life. The author puts a magnifying glass to familiar irritations & incidences, and examines them to reveal some truths.
Caution-You may find yourself laughing, not just at others described in the book, but even at yourself. :-)

Jun 20 '14
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zarir z

Inspirational writing and the use of Lucid English was very well reflected in what the author was trying to convey!!

Jun 20 '14
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Mohit Tandon

Good Concept...
Looking forward for remaining chapters

Jun 20 '14
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Balaji Ambesange

This books is one of the best stuff I have ever read.Keep it up Mr Punit..Waiting for such more books.

Jun 20 '14
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Piyush Kaushik

Dear Author

I liked this work as it is hard hitting, reality talks on face always and that is what this book gives you.

Good luck... Piyush

Jun 20 '14
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Hiren Dhuvad

Well written. Excellent. Good humour

Jun 20 '14
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Namitha Karkera

Super book !!!!!!!!!!

Jun 20 '14
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zenia

Good work!! waiting for more...

Jun 19 '14
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Ajit Menon

Completely relatable! Recommended for your everyday evening minD Detox!

Jun 19 '14
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Aditi

While you chuckle at the subtle jibes and jokes peppered throughout, the book actually makes you reflect on the larger picture looming behind some of our day-to-day issues in Indian society. Every reader will identify with atleast a couple of chapters. Would be good to see in print in wider circulation!

Jun 19 '14
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Amee Shah

It's a bloody good book! kudos :)

Jun 19 '14
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Sandesh Bhoir

Awesome... !!

Jun 19 '14
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Sowmya Sriram

Awesomely funny book... Must read !!

Jun 19 '14
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Alok Singh Bais

Hilarious!! A great one in today's context. Must read for all.

Jun 18 '14
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Ambrish Chaturvedi

Good Humor from day-to-day life events.
Felt connect to every chapter

Jun 18 '14
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Sachin Mukati

Explosive Humour

Memorable quotes

I recommend Chalta Hai to anyone who likes a good laugh and food for thought

Jun 18 '14
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Taru Govind

Great companion (book) to share the grunt of everyday life!

Jun 18 '14
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Dwarakesh Venkatesan

Excellent read!!! Very candid and satirical. New concept in the world of humor!!!

Jun 18 '14
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sai diksha

Superb work!
The book is both hard hitting and comical at the same time. It shakes you out of the slumber and makes you analyse tiny things that you just take for granted in everyday life.. because Chalta Hai!
Cheers!

Jun 18 '14
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Mahesh Yermal

Must read for its humor and satire!!
The author actually tries to bring out the urgency to "think differently" and "survive" than being sucked into a giant "Chalta Hein" mothball.

Jun 18 '14
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Animesh Dubey

Brilliant!!
I can relate to every bit written in this book.
Best part - flip any page and start reading, you would want to read what's coming next...and what was written before.
Would love to buy this for instant humour!

Jun 17 '14
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Saiyan

An interesting premise, but this is more suitable to be a blog than an actual published book.

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jaydeep

Chalta hai...Par Dil Jalta hai.
Bhagat says...Don't be serious,be sincere.I guess being "Casual" is d way of life to Survive in d Sea of Sin..Fab concept.. Punit

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jaydeep

Chalta Hai..Par Dil Jalta Hai

Jun 11 '14
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Raj

One word - Awesome!

Jun 11 '14
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Green Mango Guy

This is a nice satire based upon things we come across in our day to day lives. It is written in a way that will make you laugh and give you some food for thought as well.

Jun 09 '14
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Jayvant Khorate

I am avid reader of Punit's blogs which are lucid narrations of realities happenings around us. "Chalata Hai" topics involves a quite bit of sensationalism and a kind of entertainment to its readers about otherwise mundane realities. I congratulate you for your choice of topic !

Jun 08 '14
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Rajesh Dikshit

I particularly like the part on advertisements and weddings. ROFL. Keep up the good work Punit, cheers!

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Punit Pania

:)

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Punit Pania

Thank you Miss Lunia, you are too kind

Jun 08 '14
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Abhilasha Ravikumar Lunia

Your book stands true to the name of the site - "Bloody good book".... :):)

Jun 04 '14
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Rohan Gandhi

superb use of words....instant connection....way to go punit pania... .:)

Jun 04 '14
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Nitesh Kothari

can't wait to read the rest of dis, when is d the full version out??

Jun 04 '14
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Yash Poojary

Awesome!!thumbs up man:)

Jun 04 '14
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Riya Khanna

A fitting answer to cheap humour and vain self-help books, Chalta Hai is a detox indeed.

Jun 04 '14
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Neha Gupta

Hilarious at first, thought starter over time, scarily good work!

Jun 04 '14
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Shah Shahil

Being Indian, cut to the bone.

Jun 04 '14
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Anoop Thomas Joy

Really well put! Funny but true!

Jun 04 '14
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kashmira

Interesting. Liked it!! great going...

Jun 04 '14
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Niketan Pansare

Funny and insightful. Highly recommended

Jun 04 '14
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Namita Pansare

Hilarious......Brilliant satire on the mundane of daily existence ....highly recommended!!!!

Jun 04 '14
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Kenil Doshi

Awesome...A milestone achieved... Nice book...

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav

Brilliant...my kinda sense of humour. Cheers

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Pooja Chavan

Good to know other s c an get to read this too.

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About the author

Punit Pania Follow

Wage slave by day, indie writer by night, ascetic round the clock. I believe in fighting depression with humour, curbing vanity and saving paper. I practice what I preach on punnuspage.com and slavesincstrip.com