“You need a man to support, inspire. . .understand you. Help you be the best person you can be, banker, mother, both, whatever. And until you find a man you trust enough to do that, why settle?”
― Chetan Bhagat,
I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan. I find his books pretty average, and yes, definitely over-rated. His books are no great pieces of literature, yet they appeal to the masses. And as I always say it, reading a Chetan Bhagat is akin to watching a Karan Johar film. They are loaded with relationship tangles, without any depth in the plot. Yet, I do read them once in a way. The last book of his was One Indian Girl.
The girl who fights the stereotypes
Radhika Mehta is educated, intelligent and ambitious. She is a topper of sorts and after her MBA degree from IIM; lands herself a job as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. She heads to New York, to start her professional life, much to her parents’ dislike, who are keen to see her married at 21. New York is a new world for Radhika. She lives her life and accomplishes on the professional front, earning a bonus her father seldom saw in his entire banking career. Her mother though doesn’t appreciate it and the pressure to “settle” down into matrimony is mounted upon her. But here is an independent girl who dares to live her life her way, dealing with relationships the way she deems right.
Despite the predictability of the book, I liked the portrayal of the character of Radhika. From the men she encounters to the pressure she faces at the hands of her parents, Radhika dares to fight everyday patriarchy that most women face on a regular basis in society.
This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books