Title: One Indian Girl
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications India; First edition (1 October 2016)
“Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.
You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.
Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?”
Book Review: One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat
Well…I don’t think so.
Story is definitely new with much-hyped feminine narration. But the rest is forgettable. Talking about the story, it is a first person account of Radhika, a 27-year-old immensely successful vice president in an investment banking firm, who has grew up as an average looking but extremely intelligent girl.
The story begins from an about-to-begin one-week long marriage ceremony of an uninterested Radhika who was still surprised how she comes to involve herself in such a situation.
Just when you were wondering what’s next, appears an old boyfriend of hers which further complicates the situation. And then begins a tug of war between her and her mini self (something which keeps bothering readers more than her throughout the novel for being amateurish and unnecessary) to choose between the past lover and the to-be-husband for whom she had started to develop some liking for some good reasons explained by the author.
I won’t become a spoilsport by revealing more story as there are certain sequences that can be best enjoyed first hand. Like always, language is simple and story is predictable. One Indian Girl has got its moments but overall it is another run-of-the-mill novel by Chetan Bhagat but it is definitely better than his previous disastrous and illogical Half Girlfriend.
Though One Indian Girl has got its highs and lows, I am particularly disappointed by what he has been saying or claiming about the feminine narration as I didn’t find anything extraordinary that only he could experiment and express. But he definitely deserves some brownies for at least trying, however I have always been finding it nothing but a publicity gimmick (sorry fans).
Overall, I think fans, as always, would enjoy it; critics, as it happens, would thrash it and Chetan Bhagat and publisher, like the previous times, would make huge profits from it. And as they say all is well that ends well.
That’s what I think about the book, see what other readers has to say about One Indian Girl. Some interesting tweets there! I’ve picked some that were retweeted by the author himself.
— Amirtha (@amirthalakshmi3) October 1, 2016
@chetan_bhagat thank u for such a wonderful book. I enjoyed it. It had humour and a good message and as always simple language.
— supriya joseph (@supriyajoseph92) October 2, 2016
@chetan_bhagat Another amazing book! Emotions shown so correctly. Stood up to your name- Chetan, full of consciousness! Thank you!! 🙂
— Neha Jain (@Neha17princess) October 2, 2016
— biswajit panda (@imlucky151) October 2, 2016