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Writer: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9788129142146
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One Indian Girl is Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel, to be released in October. Mr.Bhagat will no doubt set the cash registers ringing; this time he may even please the literary snobs (some of them, perhaps!) Buy One Indian Girl here.

A new Chetan Bhagat book is like a tiny firecracker bursting on the Indian literary scene. Lots of people who would not describe themselves as ‘readers’ or ‘booklovers’ will pick up his novel as the one thing they do read. Others will launch themselves once more into their annual ‘he-just-can’t-write-his-books-are-trash’ tirade. And of course, Mr.Bhagat himself will make sure he’s in the news; this time, it’s for his twitter exchanges with Piers Morgan and his dancing skills in ‘beat pe booty’.

So, back to the new book…

Without further ado, then, here’s the blurb:

“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?”

In case you didn’t notice…

For the very first time, CB seems to have a female protagonist. And a (by the standards of some of his other work) badass one at that. A woman who works, who proudly proclaims that she has an opinion on everything AND that she has no issues that she’s reviled for it, who’s had relationships before. Who happens to be getting married.

Even the cover of the book has the silhouette of a woman on it. No man. None.

So, is Mr.Bhagat finally becoming a feminist?

That, of course, we can only tell after reading the book. The optimist in me hopes so. An author with a fan following of gigantic proportions can influence those fans, or at the very least make them think twice.

But if it turns out that the story is all about Miss Independent Thought being reined in by some guy who teaches her how to be more ‘womanly’ *retching sounds* then, well, CB, you still got a long way to go.

Buy One Indian Girl at the best price here.


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Writer: Nilesh Rathod
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9788129139757
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Destiny of Shattered Dreams, Nilesh Rathod’s maiden venture as an author seems like it has been commissioned by Karan Johar because he is running out of scripts. The story of Mr.Atul Malhotra (eagle eyed, handsome corporate honcho) has a good flow. The politico-corporate nexus he finds himself terribly entrenched in gets quite titillating towards the end. Buy Destiny of Shattered Dreams here

Alas! Things aren’t good throughout. There is an eerie similarity between the protagonist of the book & Leonardo DiCaprio of Wolf of Wall Street. The rise, the unscrupulous operations and the redemption follows the plot of the movie a little too closely for comfort.

The Story

Atul Malhotra will stop at nothing to further his ambition and his company’s name. TTL’s is the brainchild of Atul & three of his colleagues who trustingly support all his ways to expand the business. Atul’s ways include, taking the author’s analogy, “Jumping in the deep sea and shaking hands with the devil”. TTL is subsequently embroiled in multiple fraud allegations, extrication from which requires him to use out-of-the-box ways. The story mainly comprises of Atul’s rise and falls and complications in his personal life, as one tragedy after the other befalls him.

The Characters

The leading lady changes once, when Atul’s feelings swing towards another woman. Apart from Atul, no character is well developed. We know about his decisions, his mysterious philosophical mumblings, his grey personality. What we dont know is the reactions of any of the other characters or the reasons for arbitrary decisions taken by them. His girlfriend, who seems quite sensible towards the beginning, changes as his fortune’s change, which would have worked better if her character had been fleshed out better. Atul’s personality has a deliberate shade of grey, which seems to be inculcated so that the readers can accept his (many) wrongdoings to get to the pinnacle of success. The whole thing seems a bit forced.

The Verdict

All in all, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is a one time read, which may not stand out in the panoply of business/thriller/fiction books that are flooding the market. Buy Destiny of Shattered Dreams at the best price here


Book Review: Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

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Man-Eaters of Kumaon is a book about wildlife and the human-animal conflict more than a century ago, when the scales were less heavily tipped in favour of mankind.

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Book review: Shashi Kapoor : The Householder, The Star by Aseem Chhabra

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Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star is a biography of the gentleman actor of Indian cinema, the voice of one of the most iconic lines ever spoken:”Mere pass Maa hain.”

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Book Review: I, the Salt Doll by Vandana Mishra, Translated by Jerry Pinto

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I, the Salt Doll is a memoir by Vandana Mishra, born in 1930s Mumbai, who lived in the city all her life, first as a schoolgirl in Girgaon, then as a theatre actress, then a homemaker and mother, and then once again as a theatre star. Translated by Jerry Pinto.

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Book Review: Exploring India: Kings and Queens by Subhadra Sen Gupta

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Four Kings and Queens of India have their lives told in an engaging manner that is sure to appeal to kids who are just starting to appreciate history.

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It’s Ruskin Bond’s birthday today – Happy Birthday, Mr.Bond!

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Think misty mountains. Think gentle small hillside towns. Think goats with tinkling bells around their necks. Think a delicious hint of danger from the natural world – leopards, for instance, after dark, or a ghostly figure half-glimpsed at dusk. Think Ruskin Bond, the grandfather that every Indian kid adopted as their very own. And guess […]

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Book Review: Are these really “The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told”?

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The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told contains 21 short stories spanning more than a century of Bengali fiction. Whether these are the ‘greatest Bengali stories ever’, however, is a question with no easy answer.

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Book Excerpt: The Wedding Photographer by Sakshama Puri Dhariwal

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In The Wedding Photographer by Sakshama Puri Dhariwal, when wedding photographer Risha Kohli sits next to handsome young tycoon Arjun Khanna on a flight, sparks fly. Buy this smart, sassy, sexy novel here. Hour 3 Risha plugged her memory card into her laptop, grumbling to herself. Nidhi called this her ‘post-partum depression phase’, sifting through […]

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“The Man Who Knew Infinity” book review: Before the movie, read this.

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Go watch the movie The Man Who Knew Infinity if you must – it’s sure to be at least as entertaining as The Imitation Game or A Beautiful Mind. But do read the book – you won’t regret it, and it’s likely to stay with you long after the popcorn is over.

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