Author Anuja Chauhan
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Publication Year 2008
Number of Pages 500 pages
About the author: Anuja Chauhan best known for her bestselling, contemporary rom-com novels, The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (October 2010) and “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” (January 2013). All three books are romances, the first set in the glamorous, high pressure world of Indian cricket, the second in the heat and dust of a Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) election and the third in pre-liberalization New Delhi, plagued by a state-censored media.
Blurb: When the younger players in India’s cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the World Cup back in 1983, they are intrigued. When having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she’s a lucky charm. The nation goes a step further. Amazed at the ragtag team’s sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess. So when the eccentric IBCC president and his mesmeric, always-exquisitely-attired Swamiji invite Zoya to accompany the team to the tenth ICC World Cup, she has no choice but to agree. Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by Cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action. And it doesn’t help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn’t believe in luck.
Review: I picked up this book because I was schemed by the fact that a noted production house wanted to make a feature film out of this synopsis seemed interesting. I am a 1983 born like Zoya. 500 pages were too lengthy. I prefer only Dan Brown’s books lengthy not Indian writers. I am neither 16 nor a chic so in all probability this book was not meant for me. The language of the book is very desi – with lots of everyday lingo used, that makes reading very chatty. There are some chapters which are unnecessarily lengthy which deviated the story. The book needed editing as I found many spelling and grammar mistakes. The conversations are dull and unimaginative and the descriptions are flawed. You can skip this book.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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