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One Indian Girl: Review

Book: One Indian Girl

Author: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa publication
Pages: 272

One Indian girl, one of the most anticipated and discussed book of Author Chetan Bhagat. This is the story of Radhika, who belongs to a Punjabi family, works at Goldman Sachs as a distress debt analyst and is getting married. Story starts at JW-Marriott, Goa where all the last minute arrangements are going on with full pace for a grand destination wedding. While at the same time the bride-to-be faces an inner strife and nervousness to accept this well arranged marriage and the well arranged groom for her.

And, then she gets a message about her ex- boyfriend Debu’s arrival at the venue, who drags her through the memories of their love at Newyork and creates a third angle in the whole marriage scenario. If this was not enough, another surprise rings the doorbell, when she gets another uninvited guest Neel, who was her boss at Hongkong. Though he is a married guy still they had shared a clear affair. Now there is a whole mess of marriage love, affair and conflicts, which eventually push the story to quite a different direction…

“Really? An Indian software guy who likes watching cricket and Hindi movies? Can it be more stereotypical?”

Pros:

1. Story is well plotted and may be promptly visualized while reading
2. To cull for a female protagonist and to delve into her thoughts is indeed commendable
3. Conversations between Radhika and her mini-me are the most fun part of the book.

Cons:

1. Since this is his 9th novel, readers certainly expect a better quality of language from the author.
2. Story is quite predictable, even few sections feel like already viewed movie scenes
3. Hype was all about feminism. That point lacked somewhere in the whole write-up. In-fact it somehow implants a new topic of debate that whether her sister, mother and other people who doesn’t agree to the protagonist’s point of view or rather doesn’t earn as well as her are not covered under the criteria of feminism ( to be precise humanism)?? Isn’t this actually about accepting and respecting each individual the way he/she is?

 

“I think all human beings should have equal rights. It’s not men versus women, it’s human versus human.”

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Smriti Srivastava
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