Book Name- The Girl in Room 105
Author- Chetan Bhagat
MRP- Rs. 199
Genre- Romance, Crime, Thriller
Release Date- 9th October 2018
My Rating- 5/5
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 unlove 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.
As the title suggests, this review is completely different from my usual ones and a bit long also.
It is my first book from Chetan Bhagat. I had read & heard a lot about his books- and it’s obvious that I heard both positive as well as negative reactions for his books- but could never read his books myself. In truth, I am not a fan of Romances at all and I don’t like love stories. Perhaps, it was also a reason behind mine not reading his books. I thought that all his books are the same- with that ”cute boy-cute girl romance” story.
Last month I got bored of that usual mythological, fantasy, crime, etc. books and I wanted to read something new and coincidentally at that precise time this new book from Chetan Bhagat was announced. I made my mind & thought why not try something new, and why not try Chetan Bhagat- Bestselling author with more than 10 Million copies sold. So, I pre-ordered this book.
Two days ago, I received this book and started reading it and It changed my mind completely. I swear that I got completely lost in the story. I forgot about the time and just read and read and read. I actually laughed at the jokes and I actually felt tense at the suspense moments. I felt happiness as well as sadness, both, in this story. I found this story a thriller humour and seriousness, both at the same time. But the presence of Humour in this thriller did not affect the main plot of this story. The author has brilliantly worked on this story and it is true that only an experienced writer can put the right things in the right places in a story. For Example- you can’t put a joke in a mourning and you can’t be serious at a party. There was no mistake in this book also. The jokes were put in the place where they really needed to be and the serious parts were there where they actually needed to be.
The characters were also very well created. The characters of Keshav and Saurabh, both forced-to-become engineers from IIT and NIT, represent the actual condition of our society, students and engineers in the present day world. All the other characters in this story carry a message along with them and represent a particular part of our society also.
The story has delivered a lot of messages on social issues also and I think they must be discussed thoroughly.
The story is smooth as butter and its flow is amazing. You will not feel boring for a single moment in this story- there will be a joke after every tense moment to lighten your mood and fill new energy inside your body.
As a thriller, there was one flaw (although, I don’t consider it as a flaw. But the tradition of thrillers is different. Yet I think some change is no harm), the suspects keep changing in this story and they all have their own different parts in this story and the flaw is that these parts don’t connect much at the end.
Overall, I noticed four things after reading this book. I think these four things are the main pillar behind the fame and success of Chetan Bhagat. They are-
- People feel connected with Chetan Bhagat’s story and they don’t read but live the story.
- Chetan Bhagat’s books carry some social message.
- Due to the unique writing style, People actually feel the emotion of the story. They laugh at the jokes and they cry at the sad moments.
- His books are written in a simple and interesting way with not too much-complicated words or sentences. They are written for the entertainment of the reader, not their education- for that he writes his non-fiction books separately.
At last, I would say that after reading this book, I have decided to read more from Chetan Bhagat definitely.
Details 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.