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One Indian Girl #2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

One Indian Girl


Yipee! 1 down and 23 to go! I actually managed to read a book this week. And that too in a day. For those who know my life, this is a major achievement. I haven’t had time to read for quite a while. As for reading a book in a day- that’s truly amazing.

Image for One Indian GirlThe book that had me hooked was none other than Chetan Bhagat’s latest :
‘One Indian Girl’. Do I  hear some of you groaning and possibly even moaning that it is a very pedestrian read and one that could be finished in an hour?

Well in my current state, I want a book that is purely entertaining. One that doesn’t make me think and ponder over the larger questions in life. So even, though a blogger commented that she gave it up after the second chapter, I must confess that I enjoyed the book.

The Book

The book begins with  Radhika Mehta at her destination wedding. However, despite being  a highly successful over achiever, her mother considers her a loser.   Simply because she hasn’t snagged a guy. What use is the money if you don’t have a husband? This seems to be a rather regressive view of most Indian mothers.

[tweetthis display_mode=”box”]Bhagat’s premise is simple: a woman has as much of a right to  a career and a family as a man and NO woman should have to make a choice.[/tweetthis]

So finally when she does meet Mr. Right, she also meets the two Mr. Wrongs from her past.  What happens then is a series of flash backs amid the mix ups in the  present.

The book is funny in parts and for the most part interesting. The story line holds no surprises and is quite easy to predict.  Bhagat’s narration is straight forward and well paced  and Radhika as the protagonist is quite endearing.

Verdict : Definitely worth a read.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. Casey says:

    I guess I am exhausted because I read your sentence “And that too in a day,” as, “in that loo in a day.” My initial response would have been, “yes, sometimes locking yourself in the loo with a book is the only place to get a little peace and quiet.” Then I read the sentence again and realized my mistake. 🙂 Ah, well.

    • Bellybytes says:

      Oh dear I understand that mistake all too well. Believe it or not sometimes I sit in the loo doing NOTHING becauase that’s the only time I can be sure no one will ask for me ?

  2. Dashy says:

    People groan when it comes to Chetan’s books, but I like how he puts the simpler relatable things in life into a quick entertaining read. One Indian Girl had me nodding my head while reading through it, the way a girl is portrayed in the society is reflected well in the story. It reminded me of my arguments on marriage with my relatives. I should begin my reading challenge soon too.
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  3. Elayne says:

    There’s nothing wrong with some leisure reading. Congrats on having read an entire book in a day, that’s impressive even if it’s a picture book! Being able to step into someone else’s shoes for a time is really nice.

  4. Akshata says:

    Sunitaji- I liked the book too. While many have been bashing him for his anti feminist views and Radhika did have some shortcomings like I never understood how on earth a super smart girl like her who is rocking M&A deals at her workplace can tolerate the nonsense doled out to her by her first boyfriend Debu. I was quite intrigued by Neel Gupta’s character. Glad to hear your views on the book.
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