June 19, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
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Title: Those Pricey Thakur Girls
Author: Anuja Chauhan
Length: 390 pages
Price: Rs.350 MRP ( Rs.244 on Flipkart)
There are some books that make excellent reads and then there are some that you just love. Those Pricey Thakur Girls somehow fits both these categories. Anuja Chauhan is back, and she is back with her unique desi style that has enchanted bookworms across the country.
This 390 page novel is Chauhan’s third book (after two sizzling rom-coms, namely, The Zoya Factor and The Battle for Bittora).
What I Liked:
In a departure from her usual style of writing, the book is narrated from a third person point of view, rather than her usual first person narrative. However, she nails it. In this book, we step into the world of the Thakur family, residing in New Delhi’s posh area, Hailey road. You’ll slowly fall in love with the characters as well as the book with little nuances such as Justice L.N Thakur’s penchant for alliteration and organisation or Chachiji’s tantrums and whacky jadootona nuskas. As usual, Chauhan draws you into her own familiar and homely world and atmosphere. The characters and their dilemmas are easily relatable.
What I didn’t Like:
Pointing out the book’s lows, we arrive at something really dicey. Chauhan uses a new style of narration which is a departure from the one her fans are accustomed to. Being one of them, I can safely say that it did not affect my reading experience much but it may be a deal breaker for others.
Secondly, although Anuja wraps up the main plot brilliantly, she leaves a sub-plot hanging this time. However, the following page announced her next book; a sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls itself. Yet, as most readers, I would have preferred a finished story.
We’re Left With…
On the whole, the book is something that I truly enjoyed reading. Anuja Chauhan has clearly emerged as one of the leading authors in India in recent times, and has done the impossible by creating a unique content style which resembles a mix of Salman Rushdie, Arvind Adiga and Chetan Bhagat, therefore managing to incorporate the best of all worlds. As a parting note, to every person (read male,) who thinks Chauhan’s work is something of a ‘chick-flick’, man up, buy the book and give it a read. You’ll realise that stories like this aren’t just femme-friendly, but are excellent novels which reach out and touch your heart.
– Siddharth Gupta
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- My first Book Review- Those Pricey Thakur Girls (akkubabz.wordpress.com)