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The Zoya Factor- Anuja Chauhan

Quite an interesting book……It is about luck …cricket… and… love…:-)

Zoya Solanki a simple lowly executive working in an advertising agency who is human lucky charm with an unbeatable record! Every time she has breakfast with a cricket team they win the match…The book is about her adventures/misadventures with a young  Indian Cricket team who accidently discover this and insist she accompanies them to the World cup tour to Australia…!

The BCCI finds a loop hole and offers to take Zoya has a third coach to the Indian side….and they want her to sign a ridiculous contract on how she has to kiss the cricketers on the cheek..not eat solid food with members of any other cricket team….etc etc….Zoya refuses the contract…but goes on the tour with the team as a special guest…

The Indian team wins every match Zoya is with them and looses every match she is not around… Zoya…becomes…Zoya Devi…and the goddess of luck….and the media….commentators….other teams…everyone goes berserk … Zoya Devi ki Jai ho….is so funny and yet so believable in the Indian context…!

The book is also about love…..and how Zoya falls for Nikhil Khoda…the Indian team captain… every time she looks at him she thinks…yeah to bada toinnng hai!! (Hahaha…ya the lines from that raunchy advt of some stupid underwear!). Its about how she tries to act very cool and so much in control and oh not so affected by Nikhi Khoda…after all izzat ka sawal hai! And Nikhil is also smitten by our not so beautiful unglamorous  tomboyish Zoya….or is he really….? Does Nikhil actually  like Zoya over the super sexy models and bollywood diva’s…or is he using her cause she brings him luck!?

The Hinglish the book is written in makes it very endearing…..it is so Indian…..I actually felt kind of patriotic reading the book…..any gora’s reading the book would not understand half the jokes…cause even though it may be in their native language… they are so very Indian!!

I am no cricket fan….but the book is indeed very engaging….It is a nice fat 500 page book….and I think I finished it in one day straight….I wanted to pull it through the weekend at least….but I actually ditched all my Saturday morning plans…cause I just had to know what happens to the next match…does the “Zoya Factor” work…does India win the world cup….does Nikhil actually love Zoya….etc etc etc…

I was quite sad when I came to the end of the book….I wanted more……I loved the world of Zoya…Nikhil Khoda…Hairy (Was Harbhjan she was referring ??)…Zahid…and the other boys of the cricket team…..what happened to their lives after the world cup…Did Nikhil and Zoya get married…Did Zoya’s luck run out….??

Dear Ms Anuja….you can sure write a sequel to the book….it was indeed fun to read….!

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