Now I understand why it took me so long to pick up this book and give it a read. Read ahead to know what I thought of it…
As a reader of novels written by Indian authors, you’re bound to pick up one or two (if not more) shitty book along the way.
For me, it was ‘One Indian Girl’ – Poorly written.. no idea what Mr Chetan Bhagat was trying to pull out when he thought of a concept for the book.
Every writer is bound to hit his lowest point sometime in his writing journey, this is probably C.B’s. Unless of course he does something drastically different in his next novel (if he plans to write more) will he be able to hold on to his popularity as an Indian fictional story writer. His books come more under a ‘Hormonal’ category (if there was anything like that) rather than fiction. Except for hormonal teenagers, I don’t see others picking up his books. His past novels were at least readable but definitely not this. Even cringeworthy would be too good a word to describe this book.
Warning: Read the book at your own RISK
Below is what the book is basically about:
Yes please read the below bullets. Save yourself a few Indian rupees or spend it on something better (Copied the following text from a review I read by a reader (I couldn’t agree more-hence reproduced the same here)
Ambitious studious over-achiever middle class Delhi based girl gets a high paying job at Goldman Sachs NYC.
- Has sex with the 1st guy she meets there.
- After 2 years of relationship, both act like dicks.
- Girl waves feminism flag.
- Guy doesn’t let go of ego.
- Girl cries , throws her phone away, transfers to Hong Kong.
- Girl moves to Hong Kong.
- Has sex on the beach (literally) with her married boss.
- After 1 year of extramarital affair, guy is cool with it. Girl thinks it isn’t.
- Girl waves feminism flag.
- Guy doesn’t let go of ego.
- Girl cries, transfers to London.
Ad break for a shaadi.com commercial. Seriously!
- Girl plans marriage (arranged) in Goa with a silicon valley IT guy.
- Stereotype engineer jokes.
- Exes show up at the wedding with marriage proposal.
- Girl considers, goes nuts.
- Cancels the wedding.
- IT guy understands her feelings, lets her go.
- Girl goes on a world tour.
- Keeps in touch with the same IT guy with whom she had cancelled her wedding.
- Starts falling for the IT guy.
A terrible… terrible waste of time!!
Mr Chetan Bhagat, do India a favor and stop writing please?
What can you really expect from a name like that, it is a guaranteed FLOP – Book or Movie. Chetan Bhagat needs to stop writing novels with immediate effect.
Save the people of India from reading your crap Mr Bhagat (the latest I’ve seen is that malayalis have been reading his books – looks like a win-win situation there [one side gets to learn English and the other side the author gets to improve his sales])
I’m not sure, which one is worse! I always felt Chetan Bhagat was on the wane..in terms of his stories, by far ‘Half Girlfriend’ being his worst. Worse still, making a film out of it, Bollywood has already its share of some really silly films, adding one more to it isn’t required.
Moreover, why chose Shradha Kapoor for the role of ‘Riya’? she’s talented enough to get better scripts and act in better movies. You got to feel sad for her, for being chosen for such a role and worse still, she saying yes to it. As for Arjun Kapoor, he suits the role of Madhav Jha perfectly (no one can act as a better loser than him!) I can see no better actor in Bollywood suited for Chetan Bhagat’s male characters.
Its almost a month later, that I’ve watched the film and I’m glad I didn’t watch it in a theater-it certainly would have been a waste!
Chetan Bhagat might have been a talented story writer in his initial years, but seriously – maybe now it’s time he try something different.. maybe a hand at cooking or something
“I’d like to be a character in Chetan Bhagat’s books some day…”
“But how come the sudden thought baby?”
“Because all the girls in his novels get to have sex”
“In that case I would like to be the male character”
“Really!? Are we still talking about the novel here? Like seriously!?”
It’s a Chetan Bhagat Book at the end of the day! We all know what to expect. A little romance, some sex and a story thrown around it 🙂 We all troll him on his books and his stories but when travelling in trains, it is his novels that are being read. I believe his next book is something different, a story from a girl’s perspective! That should be interesting ‘One Indian Girl’, an October 1 release
We live in a country of more than a billion people and out these 1.33 billion people (to be exact) the favorite pastimes are either making babies or writing books. As for making babies, the population numbers speak for themselves. Writing books..that’s the latest fashion..you ask the question “What do you do?” and the answer you’ll get back is “I am an Author”
Everyone in India thinks he/she can be an Author. What is with Indians and the obsession of writing? We must be having very interesting lives…look at the number of budding authors around the country, everyone has a story to tell and having Chetan Bhagat as their role model does not help. He is probably the virus of Indian literature! Have you read his books? He gets worse by the book. There was a time I enjoyed reading his books, I will admit..but looking back, What was I thinking?
If that’s not enough, as of April 2016, Sunny Leone launched a book that she wrote Sweet Dreams..a collection of erotic short stories (on expected lines, didn’t think she is better at any other topic better than erotica) Since when did Sunny turn author? I thought all she was good at was spreading her legs in the porn industry and for whatever her acting skills are in Bollywood!
Is Sunny going to be a news anchor next? Looks like she wants to try her hand in almost everything.
I’ve read some excellent books by Indian authors, the talent is obviously there…but not everyone can write! Let alone writing, some people can’t even put a proper grammatical sentence together. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Take to blogging, improve on writing skills. It isn’t always about the quantity, we need good quality. Some of my blogger friends here on WordPress could give writers like Chetan Bhagat a run for his money.
I too wish to write a book someday, I hope I fulfill that dream!