Twitter’s second most followed author worldwide,released his latest novel – One Indian
Girl, which is said to explore intricate depths of modern feminism and the hindrances that
such a female is expected to take up due to her conflicting ideas in a largely patriarchal
society. Previously Bhagat’s books have explored more modern conflicts (read teenage
hormonal outbreaks) and barely achieved any more height than his endeavour as a dance
reality show judge. Here are 5 reasons why Bhagat’s new book achieves a fresh low for
modern Indian literature:
1. It’s a Bollywood script, not a novel
Bhagat’s books are a regular in Bollywood box office, some of which have managed to be
largely popular. The recent escalation in the adaptations seems to have a serious toll on
the bestseller author. from the first page describes One Indian Girl silly details which
contribute not a sand to the story and can only be of help to the set designers. Being a
Goldman Sachs employee in Distressed Debt Department (later a VP in the same bank),
the feminist protagonist Radhika, takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of a
ephemeral life that Bhagat’s largely teenage audience dream of, involving flying unicorns
through rainbows (read getting a bonus of $120000) and rivers of chocolate.(read night
sex in a beach in Philippines) What seems largely inspired from a Ekta Kapoor snap,
Radhika hops around the world like a rabbit, never having to change or leave her job. Each
time its her love life that compels her to leave the city all together. From New York to
Hong Kong to London, she travels everywhere, has sex on the loop in the cities yet can’t
stop herself from getting her life any more complicated.
Like every mainstream Bollywood movie, the novel kicks off and ends with a wedding
(has to be a destination one, so in Goa) , where amazing climaxes occur, involving a JW
Marriott, two ex-lovers who arrive uninvited, a blind would be husband (not literally), two
typical Indian families, a elaborate dance sequence which even involves a choreographer,
bachelor parties and loads of cleavage.
The director is left with the pain of deciding the cast alone.
2. Works as a travel guide
If you are visiting New York, Hong Kong, London recently, do give this book a read or
maybe even take it along as you might find it easier to move around the city with the help
of the intricate details in every corner of the guide, er book. From good Chinese
restaurants in New York to the Apple Store in London, where to look for furniture in Hong
Kong and where would you find rasgollas in New York, you have it all in inch perfect detail
in the book. Hope to see a review soon somewhere comparing One Indian Girl to the
3. Character questions theme
Radhika, one Indian girl, is a ambitious and tough woman who is supposed to inculcate
feminism in her breath. The book gives us moments where the protagonist distorts from
the path, or uses feminism as a weapon, to influence men, to have carnal pleasure, but
mostly to keep her job and huge bonuses in her salary coming. Body shaming is a regular
occurrence, as Radhika finds divine pleasure comparing her body to her sister’s who
vividly has a fairer skin and a larger bra size. The crooked feminism authored by Bhagat
reaches Radhika’s brain who thinks girls are capable of doing everything. (even making
extra marital affair seem ethical)
4. Repetition of same algorithm
Punjabi family. Check. Big fat wedding. Check. Dramatic mother. Check. Sober father.
Check. Pestering relatives and their antics. Check. Chetan Bhagat goes on repeating his
own brilliant algorithm to entertain Indian masses in one novel after another. After a
intelligent first half the novel falls back to a melodramatic wedding, which goes chaotic
due to arrival of two uninvited ex-boyfriends of the bride, both of which have a part in her
heart, but its her misplaced husband to be, who has no clue about anything, takes her to
a secluded beach to smoke weed. Bhagat manages to concoct a mindless climax to
establish Radhika as a independent thinker and a canceled wedding. Ironically a hero
emerges out of the refused bridegroom, who doesn’t question her decision for longer
than a blink, but goes on to support her decision in front of his own family and relatives.
(aww moment anyone?) So much for feminism.
5. Is it worth a read?
Coming in theaters near you.