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Hi, I'm Keshav, and my life is screwed. I hate my job and my girlfriend left me. Ah, the beautiful Zara. Zara is from Kashmir. She is a Muslim. And did I tell you my family is a bit, well, traditional? Anyway, leave that.
Zara and I broke up four years ago. She moved on in life. I didn't. I drank every night to forget her. I called, messaged, and stalked her on social media. She just ignored me.
However, that night, on the eve of her birthday, Zara messaged me. She called me over, like old times, to her hostel room 105. I shouldn't have gone, but I did ... and my life changed forever.
This is not a love story. It is an un-love story.
From the author of Five Point Someone and 2 States, comes a fast-paced, funny and unputdownable thriller about obsessive love and finding purpose in life against the backdrop of contemporary India.
About the Author
Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine blockbuster books. These include seven novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014) and One Indian Girl (2016)—and the non-fiction titles What Young India Wants (2012) and Making India Awesome (2015). Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Several of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films.
The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’, and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.
Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer.
Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0B1F7XVHN
- Publisher : HarperCollins India (1 July 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1016 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,039 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in India on 11 October 2018
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I am just done reading Chetan Bhagat’s latest release “The Girl In Room 105” which has released just today itself and along with office, I have managed to read 300+ pages in whatever free time I got. Such is the craze for reading Chetan Bhagat even today despite worrying about what people would say about my reading choice as most people pretend to hate CB as he has goofed up with the English language quite often. But that’s okay. He anyway does not portray or claim to be a literary expert and accepts that he is just a story teller and not an English teacher.
CB has gone the thriller way this time with his latest release and I must say, it was a fine narration throughout the book as it ensures that you are curious about knowing who murdered the protagonist, Keshav’s girlfriend. The book starts in CB’s trademark style where in the Prologue, a character meets and tells him his whole story which CB pretends to be writing as dictated to him. The book has lot of characters and author has again ensured the chemistry between each one of them is nicely described to make the background of the story clear. The bond between Keshav and Saurabh is very nicely portrayed. The tuning between Keshav and policeman, Rana, is also very intelligently portrayed. CB has again taken care that in order to sound too intellectual, the book does not lose the simplicity and hence, keeps the timeline and narrative simple.
The locality of Delhi and Kashmir are nicely described in the book and author has ensured that it is used in the story quite significantly to give the locale descriptions. The first half of the book is interesting as you get introduced to new characters and want to understand who the possible murderer of the girl could be. But it’s in the second half where the book becomes quite slow and does not give any kind of twists and turns which can astonish the reader. Talking about the climax, the way the revelation of the murder scene is introduced and described is very childish and as expected from a thriller, there is no moment where the reader would drop the book or jump out of his bed in shock.
In the sake of maintaining his trademark style of writing simple stories, CB could not do complete justice to this thriller which could have been written 5 times better. Though this book is recommended for the new readers who haven’t read great thrillers and are still stuck in the genre of college romances. But for the thriller lovers, this book is a sure-shot disappointment. The terrorist thing is brought into the picture but left just like that without going deeper into it. Similarly, the girl is shown as a Muslim whereas boy belongs from the family that supports RSS but this angle has not been used even once in the book whereas a lot could have been done with this plot. Similarly, the way police leaves Keshav and his friend in spite of finding them at murder spot is disappointing in the initial phase of the story itself. CB has also promoted many brands upfront in this book which is quite evident and sounds foolish and obvious. This could have also been handled little more intelligently. Overall, this is a light read rather than a suspense thriller as been described in the synopsis and trailer of the book. I rate this one an average 3 stars out of 5.
What I liked about the book!
1. The narrative of CB is simple. Anyone who understands basic colloquial English (Read as Urban Bred, Convent Educated, English speaking population) can quickly fall in line with the plot and flow through it wihtout first referring to the dictionary. Good for beginners and good to form reading habits.
2. The "Prologue Continued" chapter gave me the courage to actually not hate CB. CB is a character in his own story, but the story doesn't end with CB knowing the end of the story. Which is, I think a nice experiment and I can say that it's impressive.
What I didn't like about the book!
There are a hundred flaws which I want to talk about, but let me take the biggest out of all and talk about it. The heart of any story is in the characterization of the actors in the story. I want to talk about Zara Lone's characterization as she is The Girl in Room 105. By the time I finished reading this book, I was so very disappointed with Zara Lone that if I meet anyone with that name, I would perhaps think twice to make friends with that person. Let me recount Zara's story and while doing so annotate it with my own doubts, questions and commentary.
Zara Lone, a Kashmiri Muslim, doing her PhD in the area of Big Data Analytics and Networking in IIT, having a brilliant argumentative capability, falls in love with Keshav Rajpurohit, son of an RSS Activist, also studying in IIT (forcefully), later taking to work in a IIT-JEE coaching institution. Not likely to happen, but let's move on as love is a crazy thing. Let me point out here that Keshav doesn't have any vision for his life. He simply joined IIT because someone made him do it. A strong woman like Zara is unlikely to find him attractive. But let us say love is crazy and move on. But the fact that keeps nagging me is how come Keshav doesn't discover his own passion, being with Zara. It's like they never talk about that part of life at all. Why doesn't she, with all the brilliant debating skills she has, point Keshav towards that direction, making him see where he wants to go in life!
Zara has suffered because of the instability her father brought about in the family, by marrying repeatedly and wants a stable family life complete with parents-in-law, husband and children. When Keshav introduces her to his family, they reject her. This makes Zara re-evaluate her relationship with Keshav. She breaks up with Keshav. Once again we find a weakness in Zara's characterization. She could have easily debated with Keshav's parents and made them see her point of view. She could have fought to win them over. Keshav and Zara then approach Zara's family. Her father asks Keshav to convert to Islam. Keshav refuses. Here too, Zara (portrayed initially as a brilliant person with independent views about nationality and religion, an activist working for the cause of Kashmir), simply cries and blames her father but doesn't argue with him using her intellect. This leaves me confused.
After this bitter event in her life, she again chooses Raghu, a Hindu, and this time both sides parents agree to their marriage. If Zara's dad had insisted that Keshav convert to a Hindu, why does she choose another Hindu? Given that Zara's dad wouldn't repeat his request, he would perhaps not be too supportive of their marriage, in which case, her dream of a stable family would still not be realized. Is Zara so stupid that she doesn't realize this?
By the end of the story, we see that Zara realizes that Raghu can give her a stable family by being loyal to her, but is not sexually or romantically exciting. She begins to miss Keshav as he is both. So, she ends up meeting this handsome military officer, Faiz Khan and begins an affair with him because she misses the fun and excitement of being with Keshav. Faiz Khan is a Kashmiri Muslim, but is married and has kids. He was attracted to Zara since long (they are family friends) but she was first with Keshav and then with Raghu and he could never get a chance to express his affection to her. So, when Mr. Khan makes advances to Zara, Zara relents. Where does that leave her? After seeing her father in multiple relationships and having suffered the consequences, how can Zara get involved in frivolous sexuality? This, as I see it is the biggest hole in the story!
So, in the endgame, The Girl in Room 105 fails to express completely. None of Zara's brilliance is reflected in any part of life except in the opening paragraphs where she participates in a debate competition. None of Zara's independent and free-thinking nature is reflected in the story. The Girl in Room 105 has nothing to say. As a consequence, you the reader have nothing to read except a few bad jokes and some nice Bollywood like scenes. Read if you want to. (less)
By Kirithika R C on 2 October 2022
Overall nice book👌👌
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I would strongly recommend all Chetan Bharat fans to read it and if you enjoy thrillers then this is the book for you.
Also kudos to Amazon for delivering on the 11th, just two days after the book was published in India.
i have read 2 books by CHETAN BHAGAT and i must say i have enjoyed these books so much. i have just started read the girl in room 105 and only completed 20 pages but it has got my attention already, i have struggled to put the books down and the others have dragged me further into the stories. thank you so much shane.