One Indian Girl

One Indian Girl

Hi, I'm Radhika Mehta and I'm getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it....

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Title:One Indian Girl
Author:Chetan Bhagat
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ISBN:8129142147
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages

One Indian Girl Reviews

  • Anagha
    Oct 08, 2016

    I was kind of interested to read this one since the tag 'feminism' was attached to it. But it didn't meet my expectations. The writing wasn't good. The story was okay. The characters weren't likeable except Brijesh(too good to be true in fact) maybe.

    Radhika, the biggest hypocrite in the book irritated me throughout.

    For example , complains all along on how people never considered her pretty and how her prettier sister was preferred by the guys. But at the same time also rejects prospective groo

    I was kind of interested to read this one since the tag 'feminism' was attached to it. But it didn't meet my expectations. The writing wasn't good. The story was okay. The characters weren't likeable except Brijesh(too good to be true in fact) maybe.

    Radhika, the biggest hypocrite in the book irritated me throughout.

    For example , complains all along on how people never considered her pretty and how her prettier sister was preferred by the guys. But at the same time also rejects prospective grooms just because they are 'ugly' saying things like 'I can't wake up next to a man like

    '. And then rejects few more for the same reason -

    . Just for the heck of it. To 'get back' at her mother.

    The biggest LOLworthy moment came when she rejected a guy because he earned lesser than her. Tsk tsk. So much for feminism.

    If what Radhika believes is feminism, I am glad I ain't a feminist in spite of being a woman. I would rather be called a humanist.

    Overall, couldn't relate to any of the characters, all being assholes in their own way. The message at the end was good but the ending was too vague.

  • Pragya
    Oct 09, 2016

    This book deals with such a sensitive subject cleverly, spiking this book with just the right amount of humor and passion.

    In most parts of India, the attitude towards girls is somewhat like Radhika's family's reaction when she tells them she doesn't want to get married:

    This book deals with such a sensitive subject cleverly, spiking this book with just the right amount of humor and passion.

    In most parts of India, the attitude towards girls is somewhat like Radhika's family's reaction when she tells them she doesn't want to get married:

  • Varun Parikh
    Oct 13, 2016

    Read the book at your own risk, might give you a brain stroke.

    Below is what the book is basically about:

    Spoilers ahead!

    Ambitious studious over-achiever middle class Delhi based girl gets a high paying job at goldman sachs NYC.

    Has sex with the 1st guy she meets there.

    After 2 years of relationship, both act like dicks.

    Girl waves feminism flag.

    Guy doesn't let go of ego.

    Breakup.

    Girl cries , throws her phone away, transfers to Hong Kong.

    Girl moves to Hong Kong.

    Has sex on the beach (literally

    Read the book at your own risk, might give you a brain stroke.

    Below is what the book is basically about:

    Spoilers ahead!

    Ambitious studious over-achiever middle class Delhi based girl gets a high paying job at goldman sachs NYC.

    Has sex with the 1st guy she meets there.

    After 2 years of relationship, both act like dicks.

    Girl waves feminism flag.

    Guy doesn't let go of ego.

    Breakup.

    Girl cries , throws her phone away, transfers to Hong Kong.

    Girl moves to Hong Kong.

    Has sex on the beach (literally) with her married boss.

    After 1 year of extramarital affair, guy is cool with it. Girl thinks it isn't.

    Girl waves feminism flag.

    Guy doesn't let go of ego.

    Breakup.

    Girl cries, transfers to London.

    Ad break for a shaadi.com commercial. Seriously!

    Girl plans marriage (arranged) at goa with a silicon valley IT guy.

    Stereotype engineer jokes.

    Exs show up at the wedding with marriage proposal.

    Girl considers, goes nuts.

    Drama.

    Cancels the weeding.

    Drama.

    IT guy understands her fellings, lets her go.

    Girl goes on a world tour.

    Keeps in touch with the same IT guy with whom she had cancelled her weeding.

    Starts falling for the IT guy.

    The End.

  • Manveer
    Oct 14, 2016

    DON'T JUDGE ME. I picked up this book just to rant about it.

    Me too, Mr. Bhagat, me too. Picking up your book was one such decision.

    So, Chetan Bhagat has outdone himself. Really. Some of his past works have actually been readable but not this. Even cringeworthy would be too good a word.

    So, yes. I ended up wasting a few hours on this book. Actually, I fucking wasted my Friday evening of this book. Oh wait, I fucking put Wheel of Time

    DON'T JUDGE ME. I picked up this book just to rant about it.

    Me too, Mr. Bhagat, me too. Picking up your book was one such decision.

    So, Chetan Bhagat has outdone himself. Really. Some of his past works have actually been readable but not this. Even cringeworthy would be too good a word.

    So, yes. I ended up wasting a few hours on this book. Actually, I fucking wasted my Friday evening of this book. Oh wait, I fucking put Wheel of Time (at one of the peak points in the series) aside to pick this up. What the fuck was I thinking?

    THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE!

    Was the writing annoying? Yes. Was it cliched? Yes. Was it repetitive? Yes. Was it bad? Yes. Definitely yes.

    From reading all the words I went to tap tap tap on my Kindle in like less than half an hour. Also, I was groaning on like almost every page. It only gets worse when you go along. I would quote but I won’t grace this book by going over it again just to find those cringeworthy lines. I mean, some of the dialogue delivery was.. bc na ho payega mujhse.

    The characters were just pathetic. Not losers, but ugh. The difference was all the more prominent because I had just been reading Wheel of Time. Seriously, Radhika makes Elayne and Nynaeve look like goddesses. Definitely needs some Mazrim Taim treatment.

    It was like jumping into a Vortex in terms of quality. Well, on the bright side, this will make that gem of a series look even better when I return to it.

    Note - Worst book of the year for me, definitely!

  • Anish Kohli
    Oct 17, 2016

    Chetan says.

    Well, there's another thing PUNJABI men like,

    and knocking out TEETH. On behalf of them, I’m here to PICK a bloody BATTLE with you Mr.

    .

    Lets’ start by discussing you obsession with degrading the community.

    I can understand the concept of laughing at one self, however I do not believe that’s what you’re trying to do though.

    In all of your stories, a Punjabi mom can be jus

    Chetan says.

    Well, there's another thing PUNJABI men like,

    and knocking out TEETH. On behalf of them, I’m here to PICK a bloody BATTLE with you Mr.

    .

    Lets’ start by discussing you obsession with degrading the community.

    I can understand the concept of laughing at one self, however I do not believe that’s what you’re trying to do though.

    In all of your stories, a Punjabi mom can be just a HOUSEWIFE and a DUMB bimbo. What’s up with that man? According to you, the Punjabi ladies or moms in specific, are the most shallow people on the face of the planet, right? Bothered only by

    their sons and bringing down their daughters. Or is it that you only reflect the kind of household you were brought up in, is that it? I think so.

    No…I won’t bother writing good things about them. I do believe it’s your own personal life experiences that bleed through into your books.

    Let’s talk about how you sound like a cheap script-writer. Why is that?

    Do you only write so that your books could be made into cheesy Bollywood Movies? If that is so, then why do you bother calling yourself an

    , why not a SCRIPTWRITER? I mean your books are filled with instances that are so CLICHED. You just have to have a wedding going on and then you just have to go ahead and ruin it. I say this as a reader who has read all of your books, all bad with the exception of Revolution 2020, which was marginally OK. You had this same setting going on in the book 2 States as well.

    Let’s talk about your obsession with

    .

    Do you really believe in the concept of FEMINISM, or do you just like to think so? There is another term I’d like to introduce you to, it’s called

    . That’s what your book reeks of. If you don’t know what it means then try googling it. If you believe, that girls should have equal rights for all things, then why put men down on the same thing. If according to you, it’s ok for a girl to choose to be Career-Oriented, then why can’t a man CHOOSE that he wants a home-maker, or vice versa? Most of the people don’t understand what feminism is really about. It’s about empowering Women, by giving them the FREEDOM of CHOICE. Not reservations and certainly not by putting MEN DOWN. Your book sounded a lot like Deepika Padukone’s advertisement called “My Choice.” Was that a little too much for you to comprehend? I’m sorry, at times I get carried away.

    Let’s talk about your writing and book. Shall we?

    Well what’s the point of discussing a BAD AUTHOR? You know why I call you a bad author?

    Allow me to explain in just one sentence.

    You think Indians are dumb and can’t read well written books and so you try to dumb it down. You’re not helping, believe me. I don’t know when you left India and what kind of image you carry around in your head but let me tell you that people here, me included, read top most authors they can get their hands on. They love good story telling with a smooth writing style and an enticing vocabulary, even if it means picking up a dictionary. You think your readers dumb and quite frankly insult their intellect by using phrases like

    I do believe, again, that this is a reflection of your own self. You may have been an Indian but don’t let that fool you into the belief that you have an understanding of your Country. YOU DON’T.

    BTW, This is me being an optimist, who believes that you dumb down your books on purpose. Hate to think that an IIT & IIM guy such as yourself, who actually worked at GOLDMAN SACHS, is NOT CAPABLE of writing anything better than THIS..!!

    I’d like to add just one thing before I sign off.

    I think you are a worldly gentleman. You have spanned many nations and might know about many cultures across the globe. I hope you know that every single one of them too have their own issues.

    Saying things like

    about your own nation just for a cheap laugh is not very becoming. You have a knack for highlighting the issues with the Indian society through your books in a very negative manner. It portrays India as a country of savages.

    I’d like to suggest 2 things:

    1. Even though you might not consider yourself an Indian anymore, it would be great if you could highlight such issue is a manner where it doesn’t DEGRADE and DEMEAN your nation and its people.

    2. If you truly think that you know the problems with our nation, if you think you can offer a better path and guide this country out of such horrible practices, why don’t you trying becoming a part of the system and then work on it. It’d be better than you commenting on such issues in an insensitive way.

    Ohh the Book writing part. Right. Yeah, you can't do that. Nope. You're not up to the challenge.

    I'll say, the amateur guy

    is better than you since he isn't as well read as you and still he had an imaginative plot even if he couldn't do justice to it. I dare say, given an opportunity, many guys and gals in India could actually teach YOU how to write.

    CHEERS

  • সাদমান হুসাইন
    Oct 15, 2016

    My review will be done in few simple sentences.

    I'm not going to talk about the plot, the characters or anything like that.

    You can check through other reviews if you wish to learn about those.

    Ever had the feeling that you're doing something wrong, discovering something that was meant to be left alone in the cesspit of time?

    I had the exact feeling when reading this book.

    I feel like throwing up after reading this.

    An utter abomination.

    Would have given negative stars if Goodreads allowed me to.

    My r

    My review will be done in few simple sentences.

    I'm not going to talk about the plot, the characters or anything like that.

    You can check through other reviews if you wish to learn about those.

    Ever had the feeling that you're doing something wrong, discovering something that was meant to be left alone in the cesspit of time?

    I had the exact feeling when reading this book.

    I feel like throwing up after reading this.

    An utter abomination.

    Would have given negative stars if Goodreads allowed me to.

    My rating: -10/10

  • Anushree Rastogi
    Oct 16, 2016

    I can't finish this book. It picks up every single stereotype and brings it to Bollywood-like life like only CB can. It would've been hilarious had it not been for the one sentence "praise" from the New York times on the back page- "most widely sold English author in India." I wish this guy went back to investment banking and left the subtleties of feminism to wherever they were, because "getting shots of self esteem" when someone calls you good looking or slut shaming yourself for wanting to ki

    I can't finish this book. It picks up every single stereotype and brings it to Bollywood-like life like only CB can. It would've been hilarious had it not been for the one sentence "praise" from the New York times on the back page- "most widely sold English author in India." I wish this guy went back to investment banking and left the subtleties of feminism to wherever they were, because "getting shots of self esteem" when someone calls you good looking or slut shaming yourself for wanting to kiss a guy on a date are certainly not the markers of an independent, successful and emancipated person, woman or man.

  • Priyanka Adhikary
    Oct 27, 2016

    Dear Chetan, I have a verse for you

    Which can be enjoyed by your readers too

    So without much delay or ado

    Let me share what I think of you

    The first book that you penned down

    Is the only jewel in your crown

    It did give some meaningful insight

    Into an engineering student’s plight

    The second book was quite a shocker

    Made me wonder if you were off your rocker

    A story so completely inane

    It made reading seem an unbearable pain

    But after that, what happened to thee?

    You embarked on this insane spree

    Of doling out

    Dear Chetan, I have a verse for you

    Which can be enjoyed by your readers too

    So without much delay or ado

    Let me share what I think of you

    The first book that you penned down

    Is the only jewel in your crown

    It did give some meaningful insight

    Into an engineering student’s plight

    The second book was quite a shocker

    Made me wonder if you were off your rocker

    A story so completely inane

    It made reading seem an unbearable pain

    But after that, what happened to thee?

    You embarked on this insane spree

    Of doling out humongous loads of trash

    While making your neat little pile of cash

    If Bollywood was your ultimate aim

    Why write books that are totally lame?

    Why not simply write a script

    To be made into a movie – an instant hit

    Chetan, Have you not an iota of shame?

    That you further make an insincere claim

    Of teaching English to our Indian youth?

    Nothing is farther from the truth

    Your language is so terribly poor

    I forgotted my own English for sure

    Your dialogues make me shudder and cringe

    For god’s sake, stop your writing binge!

    This verse would scarcely be complete

    If we did not discuss your other feat

    “Feminism” – a topic you rave about

    Do you even know what it means? You lousy lout!

    You think if you wax your ungainly limbs

    You begin to understand a woman’s whims?

    Stop trying to get inside our head

    And focus on your own self instead

    Think of how to improve your prose

    And do stop trying to poke your nose

    In every other matter of national interest

    Leave it to those who can do it best

    As for me, I am finally done with you

    And so bid you a quiet adieu

    With a deep regret of all my wasted time

    I lay down my pen and end my rhyme

  • Anuradha
    Oct 29, 2016

    No judgments, please! Those of you that know me, know that I sometimes read the really bad books to trash them. What better book is there than Chetan Bhagat's take on feminism? I'm not going to bother with the spoilers here, because I don't actually expect people to read this other than to trash it. If you are reading it because you think "it's good Indian literature", I would request you to get off this review, because you will not like what I have to say.

    Meet Radhika Mehta, smart, beautiful,

    No judgments, please! Those of you that know me, know that I sometimes read the really bad books to trash them. What better book is there than Chetan Bhagat's take on feminism? I'm not going to bother with the spoilers here, because I don't actually expect people to read this other than to trash it. If you are reading it because you think "it's good Indian literature", I would request you to get off this review, because you will not like what I have to say.

    Meet Radhika Mehta, smart, beautiful, rich, and a general Mary Sue. She's an Indian girl who is opinionated, has slept around, and makes a ton of money, so on cue, you're supposed to hate her, or so she says in the very first few lines of the book. Of course, because she's this quintessential overachiever, she never really believes that she is beautiful, no matter who tells her, and how many ever times they tell her. What did I say? She reeks of Mary Sue-ness. She's getting married to Brijesh; it's an arranged marriage. But because she is so rich, of course, she's paying for the wedding herself. All one crore rupees of it. Or, you know, 150,000 dollars of it.

    Of course, like any CB novel, the protagonist here looks at arranged marriages with much disdain. Now, I'm not one for arranged marriages myself, which is why I wouldn't agree to one and leave my husband-to-be at the altar. I wouldn't spend half the book bitching about it either. I have one question to ask Mr. Bhagat, though. Pray, tell me sir, what did your mother do to you? Why must you paint Punjabi mothers in such a regressive, conservative manner? What kind of a mother says, "hey, kid, I'm not proud of your achievements because you earn a ton of money and now no man will marry you?" No mother that I know of for sure. Every Punjabi mother that CB depicts is such a stereotype, it hurts my brain to read it. Chetan Bhagat does not know the meaning of "likable protagonists". Here's what he does: he makes his characters smart and "unattractive" and opinionated. These opinions are supposed to make the other characters hate or dislike or be in awe of the protagonist, and make the "educated Indian youth" find them appealing and endearing. The fact of the matter is that it does not work at all. I hated Radhika Mehta with such burning passion, were I to meet her in real life, I would slap her.

    More importantly, however, especially with respect to this book, I would like to talk about feminism. Feminism isn't a switch one can turn on and off, you know, Mr. Bhagat? So imagine my surprise when our feminist female protagonist decides not once, but twice, to quit her job because the douchebag that she fell in love with turned out to be a...douchebag. Do not write about issues that you cannot comprehend, Mr. Bhagat. Do not write about women when you don't know the first thing about them. Actually, you don't know the first thing about humans, so there. And I repeat, as a feminist myself, feminism isn't about trashing men, it's about empowering women, so don't you dare give us feminists a bad name! And seriously, if I have to read about the girl's side adjusting one more time, so help me god! Why? Why, in a book that you claim to have feminist undertones would you repeatedly put that? And I repeat again, leaving your groom at the altar, on the threshold of marriage, after you agreed to marry him does not a feminist make. Before you write your next feminist novel, Mr. Bhagat, I would recommend that you actually read up on it beforehand, rather than conjuring up your own convoluted views on it. Tell me, was this to make up for the immortal words of your previous book? You know, the whole

    (which roughly translates to "give me your virginity or fuck off") drama? You get a LOL for effort, Mr. Bhagat.

    Let's talk a little bit about the plot, or lack of it, rather, shall we? So Radhika dated this Debu for two years before he dumped her because his fragile male ego couldn't handle her being more successful than him. I mean, she came to his apartment to propose to him and tell him she was quitting her job, and he had his dick in another woman. Are you telling me he suddenly realised that hey, he loves her after all and flew halfway across the world to woo her on her wedding day? There is more drama in this sentence than there has been in the last three books I've read, and would you believe, it gets worse. So she moved to Hong Kong after her stint in New York, and fell in love with a married man with whom she "made love, crazy, crazy love" to for almost a year. And then he dumped her because he wanted her on the side and not as a wife, because she wasn't "wife material". Guess what? He also flies all the way to Goa to woo her back. What bullshit! It gets worse because she considers leaving her groom to be for these two dick for brains, ya know, for old times' sake. Well, she does leave her groom, but to find herself or some baloney. Much like Radhika says in the prologue,

    . The situation here being this steaming pile of shit book. And Radhika, like you say so yourself, I did not like you. However, that was not because of your money, or your active sex life, or your opinions. How shallow must you think we are to not like you for such superficial reasons? No, Radhika, see, most Indian women of your freedom, education, and social standing are as rich, as sexually active, and as opinionated as you are. That their opinions make more sense is of course why we like them. I did not like you because you were a shit person with shittier opinions. Opinions that you only spouted when they suited you. You believed in feminism when it suited you. Where was this feminism when you wrecked another woman's marriage? Don't blame it on the man, you were equally responsible for it, you horrible, horrible woman.

    I'm not even going to venture into talking about the writing in this, because that would lead to intense and very expensive therapy for me. I will, however, leave you with some gems; make of that what you will.

    And it goes on...Bad grammar, limited vocabulary, the usual with a side of fries. I can't even muster up enough rage to trash this book well enough. All I can say is that the Indian crowd has grown up, Mr. Bhagat, and so should you.

    You should read

    It's hilarious.

    I, Anuradha Herur, of fairly sane mind and definitely not enough time on my hands am going to read this book, because, really, can you imagine how much fun I'll have trashing it?

    Disclaimer: This is not to say that I, in anyway agree with Chetan Bhagat's views on anything, much less his discombobulated idea of what feminism is.

  • Avanthika
    Nov 27, 2016

    No wonder Chetan bagat is a writer with "mass reader-base" who reads his books only to thrash him. The reader-base percentage he has got is inversely proportional to the percentage of people who dont frown at his works.

    - Chetan Bagat's ludicrous pseudo-feminist protagonist. What do you think Chetan? Punjabi men are as erroneous as you?

    You call yourself an Indian, but you throw shit at Tamils(two states), Bih

    No wonder Chetan bagat is a writer with "mass reader-base" who reads his books only to thrash him. The reader-base percentage he has got is inversely proportional to the percentage of people who dont frown at his works.

    - Chetan Bagat's ludicrous pseudo-feminist protagonist. What do you think Chetan? Punjabi men are as erroneous as you?

    You call yourself an Indian, but you throw shit at Tamils(two states), Biharis(Half girlfriend), Gujratis(that businessman novel of yours) and Punjabis. You're too conceited that you're making cheap third-rated jokes on others to prove you're above all. Your mediocrity has got no bounds. And why are you using the feminism flag? Do you at-least have slightest idea of what feminism is?

    Let me cut-short and give a gist of your 1 year work in 3 lines.

    "Friendship. Love. Sex. Breakup. Friendship. Extra-marital affair. Breakup. Registers in Shaadi.com to find a loser. Finds Silicon Valley IT guy. Arranges marriage. Drama. Stops marriage. World tour alone. Gets along with IT loser again. " :/

    Typical mega-serial story. Cut the drama Chetan. Even Ekta Kapoor is coming up with better stories these days. :/