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The Bitter Pill Social Club Paperback – 28 Apr 2018
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The Bitter Pill Social Club is a multigenerational drama set in Delhi that examines the bipolar nature of a society obsessed with first impressions, selfies, and entitlement. It asks the simple question of who you are when nobody's watching.
About the Author
Rohan Dahiya is a writer/visual artist based in Delhi NCR shuffling between café desktops and foldable pool chairs. His first novel Grey Skies was published last year and was well received for its exploration of mental health. On most days he can be found at Chapter 101, an independent bookstore in the city with a coffee cup not too far from reach. He derives inspiration from music recommendations, bad dreams, and the people he meets while traveling through the country.
From the Publisher
Witness the private life of the world's most beautiful animals.
You know exactly who they are. The ones who walk right past club lines, who walk into rooms and make you swoon.
It's a familiar setting: A city of smooth talkers, armchair activists, and the rich brats of instagram wrapped up in cigarette smoke.
Who you are when nobody's watching?
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I was totally hooked on to the book from the stating chapters itself. They were absurd and totally hilarious. I was totally attached to the Kocchar family after reading the first few chapters. This is a typical rich and famous family of the capital which fly to Europe in a jiffy and have elaborate shopping days, meetings with designers, affairs and fake friends. The characters are really well described and placed throughout the book.
The book starts with Sunaina getting dumped on the date when she was waiting for the big proposal and then getting to meet her flame. I will not talk much more about the story!
At the start, I thought this is going to be a basic story, but I was totally wrong. There were a lot of twists and turns that will totally amaze you. The story was really dynamic and it kept shifting from one character to another and also between places/cities. I loved the way the author described the view points of every member of the family and also how terribly messed they all were.
The book is written beautifully. The writing style of the author frought the family to life. The author has done a great job in keeping the 3 generation together and has enough to make you laugh and also admire.
I just feel that somewhere there was a lack of structure. I was confused how this rich girl went to the hills and starting working in a hotel. The time lapse could have been better structured.
Overall, I totally enjoyed the The Bitter Pill Social Club by Rohan Dahiya. It was satirical, hilarious and insane at the same time. I will rate it a 4.5/5 and would recommend it to all who are looking for a great read set in urban India.
Talk about those highly infectious mirth plastered with botox-injected smiles and minds that are beyond kind and you get the entire drama of the high society potboiler story in nutshell. Want a sneak peek into the life of the ultra-rich? This book gives you a great glimpse of that.
I wouldn’t say I loved the book; I was actually disgusted with it. Not for the story, not for the way it is written – but for the stark naked portrayal of humans in the story. I guess Rohan wanted the reader to feel just that! Sympathy and disgust in equal measure.
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Surprisingly, the opposite was the case for The Bitter Pill Social Club. All it took was the first of its many hilariously ludicrous chapters and I was laughing and basically HOOKED to the book. It was such a raw, riotous take on the lives of the rich and Instagram famous in the capital city and I loved it.
I did find the actual structure of the book lacking somewhere in the middle, which I will explain down later.
Let’s break it down:
I initially thought I knew what this book was about on a basic level, but there were so many twists and curveballs thrown at me that I was amazed. The story didn’t stay static but kept shifting between characters, places and time. I also liked that we had so many varying viewpoints in the Kocchar family and the messed up lives they lead.
Honestly, here is where the story got dicey for me.
While it started off with a certain amount of flair and grounded-ness (girl gets dumped by ex, reunites with a former flame sort of basic storyline), the structure of the story completely disappeared somewhere in the middle. Months flew by in the blink of eye, a previously depressed girl was suddenly working at a hotel in the mountains and I was just CONFUSED. I love books that show you character growth over time, but I do need some structure inducing elements in the character growth. Even if there was a “three months later” or different chapters for different characters’ viewpoints, it would have felt SO MUCH BETTER STRUCTURED.
Rohan Dahiya’s writing was the essence of the story. It brought to life, and made believable all the insanity of the everyday lives of the Kocchar family. The story of three generations of this family were closely woven together in this 300 something page book, and filled with enough content to make you laugh and shake your head in adoration.
Within the first few chapters, I was quite attached to the Kocchar family and all their, for lack of a better term, insane antics. Parties, flying away to Europe, car rides in the rain and shopping sprees were all an integral part of their daily lives amidst divorces, fake friends, being ghosted and the occasional stabbing of gold-diggers.
Sunaina and Surya were perhaps my favourite characters, though I also loved certain parts of Kama’s story and how it was all handled.
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed Rohan Dahiya’s second novel. The Bitter Pill Social Club was a hilarious, satirical and slightly insane novel that made me laugh, and those are the best kinds of books.