Half Girlfriend – A novel by Chetan Bhagat


Novel Title : Half Girlfriend
Author : Chetan Bhagat
Year of Publication : 2014
Ratings : 4/5

Our nation is torn between two societies – the upper class people with strong proficiency in English and the other is the lower class community with minimal education and a weak hold over English language. God knows how much struggle our patriots had to put to drive away the Britishers from India.
Though the Britishers left our nation, but their presence is still felt when a high-class corporate official treats a minimally educated worker harshly. Even during matchmaking, a girl will always prefer a highly qualified, fluently english speaking boy than choosing a boy whose english speaking abilities are of mediocre level.

For the first time, Chetan Bhagat has picked up a topic on such scenario where Madhav Jha, a Bihari boy falls for Riya Somani, a girl from aristocratic family based in Delhi. The story begins with Madhav meeting Chetan Bhagat at a hotel, requesting him to read the letters of his girlfriend Riya Somani who has passed away. Though Chetan is reluctant to read the letter of a dead person, but finally makes up his mind to read the letters. The letter takes him to the story of Riya and Madhav Jha. Though Riya considers him as his best friend, but refuses to reciprocate to the feelings of Madhav Jha. In the first pages of the novel, Madhav Jha is projected as lecherous, lusty Bihari boy who has one only thing in mind for Riya. Later Riya gets married to a rich guy while Madhav moves to Bihar to take care of the school which is desperate need for funds. As Madhav returns to his hometown, he is a changed man, eager to make his school a recognized school with all the facilities required for students – electricity, classrooms, books, boards.

Destiny brings him close to his dreams and a support comes to him in form of Bill Gates foundation who are ready to give monetary support to his school. The only hurdle that he has to cross is to communicate fluently in english and convince the foundation to offer him funds. Life brings Madhav to square one where he again meets Riya who is now a divorcee. Riya patches up her differences and helps Madhav in his english speaking. How Madhav succeeds in bagging the funds and wins back his love Riya, the rest of the story is best to be read in the book ‘Half Girlfriend’ written by Chetan Bhagat.
The story is very engrossing and interesting as so are the characters – Riya Somani and Madhav Jha.

This is the first book of Chetan Bhagat which was adapated for a Bollywood movie even before its release in bookstores. Thanks to lots of hypes and heavy-duty marketing, ‘Half Girlfriend’ succeeded in winning the hearts of readers. If you are keen to win the heart of your ‘half girlfriend’ then this book is there to boost your spirits.


2 States – A light hearted take on intercommunity marriages

Novel Title : 2 States
Author : Chetan Bhagat
Year of publication : 2009
Genre : Romance

Poster of the movie - 2 States
Poster of the movie – 2 States

“Destiny connects people, feelings bring them together. If two people are destined to stay together, they will definitely meet no matter how far their worlds may be.” – Quote

There is a old saying that marriages are made in heaven. If soulmates are destined to be together even before they are born on earth then why the hell parents have so much problems on inter-case marriage. If William Shakespeare had read ‘2 states’ during his time then romeo and juliet’s climax would have been happy.

Phase 1 of intercommunity marriage : Falling in love
My world changed the moment when I saw my sweetheart ‘Ananya’ in IIM Ahmedabad. She was a tamil brahmin and I belonged to a punjabi community. Though we became fast friends, I had no interest in being her friend. (Honestly how can I resist my hormonal feelings with a girl who is perfect in every sense – her long straight hair, strawberry lips etc…  ) Though I was helping her in economics ( some economical theories called ‘utility curve) Seriously I was only interested in her curves  When you are in love, the greatest battle starts between your heart and mind because heart takes time to accept what mind already knows. So it was the time to ignore her and stay far away from her as much as I can.

“Pretty girls behave best when you ignore them. But they must know that you are ignoring them” otherwise they will never know that you ever existed”

My ignorance formula worked to woo ananya. We realized love for each other. We were committed. We were qualified. We were financially independent. Is it happy ending like a bollywood hindi movie?

2 stts

Phase 2 of intercommunity marriage – Now the really tough phase comes to convince your parents that you love your soulmate. Here is where the biggest challenge comes. When it comes to emotionally blackmailing their kids, mummies are always the best. They pretend to fall sick, pressurising you to change your decision. So it is up to us to either run away with our soulmate or quietly marry the kudi of our parents’ choice. For my mummy, ‘ananya’ was ‘anyay’ (an injustice) on her. Winning your love may be easy, but winning the love of your soulmate’s parents is totally a tough game. 99% of inter-caste love are always opposed by parents and my love story was not different from it. So how and I ananya succeed in winning the trust of our in-laws is best to be read in the novel – 2 states. If you have falled in love and about to fall in love, make sure that you get the full biodata of your in-laws.

Statuory warning : Falling in love is injurious to health. To avoid any heartbreaks, please follow your mummy’s advice and opt for a happy arranged marriage.

Krish Malhotra