One Indian Girl – 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. Bestselling author Chetan Bhagat, writing for the first time in a female voice, brings to you One Indian Girl, the heart-warming story of a modern Indian girl. 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 by reethi
Radhika is someone to whom any other aspiring studious Indian girl could relate to. Many authors described how a normal girl will feel and think about any other guy or her own boyfriend. But this girl, Radhika, is someone, just not a random girl who can simply wave a mini-hi to anyone she looks at and later completely forget about them. Radhika in different, observes almost everything around her and she has an opinion about it be it during her childhood, teenage, graduation or even while she draws lump sum paychecks.
Usually when it comes to a studious girl who have that sort of IQ to enter into IITs and crack a interview and gets job worth million dollars, Quickly when we try to visualize her, she may look like this, having curly or a very not-so-straight and not-so-curly medium sized wavy hair on top of a small face and glasses attached to her eyes, confused face with no opinions on anyone because she can hardly analyze a person and not to even bother about boys. In a contrast, Radhika is far different and maybe that’s the reason she’s a novel.
I really loved the way how Bhagat let readers visualize how Radhika feels and thinks using her mini-me self whatever the situation might be while aroused or while dealing with her family, fiancée or even her own self. Bhagat did really great job in presenting Radhika on how she handles the situation when her any girl’s-could-be-dream-wedding did call off and how she manages to overcome her past and how Radhika has turned out to be matured enough to rightly analyze a man whom she was dependent on once upon a time and other man in his mid-40’swho came on his knees for Radhika as he literally looks forward for a teenage girl in his life more than anything else. And, the climax of the story has been landed so well that even the readers would be satisfied with the heroine’s decision. Overall I rate this book 9/10. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you would definitely finish off reading the entire book in no more than 2 days as you would have that urge to get to know what’s next?
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About the Author
Chetan Bhagat is the author of eight blockbuster books. These include six novels-Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014)-and the non-fiction titles, What Young India Wants (2012) and Making India Awesome (2015). Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Several of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films.
The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. TIME magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’. Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan.
Originally published: 1 October 2016
Page count: 280
Genres: Romance novel, Fiction