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This is light ‘chick lit’ which I had heard pretty good things about especially from a friend who’s always ...
17 May 2018
This is light ‘chick lit’ which I had heard pretty good things about especially from a friend who’s always referring to the characters. I was planning to read it but had somehow never got to it, but when I found this on sale on kindle, I picked it up. This is the story of Zoya Singh Solanki, a twenty-seven-year old who works in an advertising firm. She is assigned to work on a campaign with the Indian Cricket Team, who is on tour in Bangladesh, and it comes out that her presence is lucky for the game for she was born on the exact date and time as India won its first cricket world cup. Of course, the team wins its match after breakfasting with Zoya, and a few other ‘tests’ (including at IPL games) turn out to prove her a true lucky charm. It turns out her family too had taken her along for luck when they were at games though she was unaware of it at the time. The captain of the team Nikhil Khoda claims not to believe in luck but since his teammates and the Cricket Board have become firm believers, he agrees to her presence. It also helps that he’s beginning to get interested in her, as she is in him. There are the inevitable disagreements and misunderstandings of course, to which his position as the Indian team captain, and hers as pretty much a ‘Devi’ (or goddess) add. They head off for the cricket world cup at Melbourne, where she must deal with her feelings as well as all the attention and press that she’s getting―good and bad―as the good luck charm.
This was a really fun read which I enjoyed thoroughly. The whole atmosphere, language, and writing is very contemporary and fun without being too cheesy or too over the top (but it definitely made me want to keep far far away from the advertising and cricket worlds (of course, I have for long been disillusioned about the latter)). I thought the author got the Delhi or rather ‘Dilli’ feel of the book just right (probably something Delhities will really enjoy)―sometimes this tends to be exaggerated in books and film). The characters again were good fun, Zoya herself, her family (slightly nutty but very real), and friends―even the team members. I also enjoyed much (though not all) of the humour. The end or rather just a little bit before the end for me, however, was a bit over the top, though that too added some fun touches to the book closer to the end, and some of the ‘fights’ that Zoya picked with Nikhil (not all) felt unnecessary (plus may be it could have been a little bit shorter). But other than that, this was a light, fun, refreshing read, and I’m looking forward to reading more by Chauhan.