Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

One Indian Girl- #AtoZChallenge

“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, One Indian Girl

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 

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  • Natasha

    Chetan Bhagat started off decent, but as the years progressed all he churned out was plain cliched writing. Of course it appeals to the masses, they see themselves in the characters. But one thing’s for sure, his writing is nothing short of average.
    Not my taste at all, though I may randomly pick up his books for a frivolous read, which though I barely engage in these days given the time constraint.

  • Kalpanaa

    Chetan Bhagat’s thoughts on women, while they may fit in with what people believe, are not to my taste and I don’t wish to read him. I know that there’s this whole wave of people saying they understand the way he writes and they don’t appreciate long sentences and fancy words – which they consider pretentious. I like complex writing with beautiful prose – its a matter of taste. And then of course, there’s the way he portrays women…

  • Shilpa Garg

    I think people love to hate Chetan Bhagat. Though everyone ridicules his writings, but everyone reads him. I have read this one and it’s not as bad as it is projected in the ‘literary’ circles. If a book can compel me to turn pages one after the other, I am good with that!

  • shanayatales

    You put it very well, his books are very much like KJO movies, all tangles, no depth. That being said, I did enjoy some of his initial books in my teens. However I am staying away for now (and possibly for good) after going through the sheer torture that was Half Girlfriend.

  • Soumya (@soumyaprasad)

    The association of Chetan Bhagat is enough for me to not pick this book. I hate the way he portrays women. He shows an independent woman to be career oriented, drinks and smokes and has premarital sex. Yes, this is called independence! :/

  • Shalzmojo

    When I hear Chetan Bhagat, I wince at the thought of cheap pot boilers with no nuances and no care for them either. Hats off to you for liking something in his books. I find him to be a very irritating author 😉

  • Anagha Yatin

    As your rightly said, Chetan Bhagat’s stories appeal to masses and have a lot of spice mix in them. I have not read this one. But dont mind reading for knowing Radhika, the woman of new era.
    Ramya..I wonder how Radhika can be Mehta…just a thought. Radhika is a typical Marathi or South Indian name. Mehta is a typical north Indian family name! Curious mix, isnt it?

  • BellyBytes

    You’re right about Chetan Bhagat. Everyone claims he is too low brow but they all read him nonetheless. I too enjoyed this book and I must say I love the way Chetan is raking in the money and having the last laugh

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