Books by Anuja Chauhan come with a plot of substance but her writing style takes the weight off even the darkest topics. The recent movie adaptation of ‘The Zoya Factor’ dazzled many. Her characters are vivid & relatable and her plots engaging. They do not give you a heavy head when you close the books. She very delicately weaves sarcasm and humour into her stories while making sure they reach a superb climax.
Read on to know more about her books…
The Zoya Factor
This story will make you laugh. This is by far the best account of the role of superstitions in guiding our lives. The book was made into a movie starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salman. However, reading the book would be more entertaining!
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 "It's the great Indian disease. They should vaccinate us against it when we're born. One shot at birth, a couple of boosters over the years and you're immune to cricket for life." – Zoya's opinion on cricket. Well, I'm glad they don't. Anuja Chauhan has become my favorite Indian author after this book and I cannot imagine how this book did not come under my radar for more than a decade. The speed with which I read this book could easily give the fast bowlers a run for their money. That's how much I loved it. It's witty, funny, charming, fast-paced and most of all sucks you right into the world of cricket. The superstitious cricket following fans add zest to this already tangy story. I absolutely adored how she's made the larger than life superstars as humans as the next person, not to mention how toe-curling the romance is! Read this book for some outside the stadium, filmy( in a very good way) style tales of the national cricket team. When the Indian cricket team discover they win every match when they have breakfast with Zoya Solanki, a low- level advertising associate, they want to take her on every tour till she probably runs out of luck, while she couldn't care any less about the game. Nikhil Khoda, the captain of the team does his best to discourage this and hopes the team can give their talent some credit instead. What he doesn't count on, is falling for this chubby cheeked Delhi girl. But is she with him only because he is the captain or he with her, only for her luck? If watching cricket is your religion, this book gives you a romantic angle to the cricket team, taking you straight to cricket heaven. #thezoyafactor#thezoyafactorbook #anujachauhan#bookreview #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bangalorebookstagram #booklover #bookworm #bangalorereaders #indianreaders #indianauthors #outdoorphotography #fortheloveofbooks #fortheloveofreading#bibliophile @anuja.chauhan
Battle For Bittora
Want to see how a (hilarious)disaster unfolds when two people with a sizzling chemistry become political rivals? This is the book for you.
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After 'The Zoya Factor', tackling India's favourite sport, cricket, Anuja Chauhan has tackled what is probably the next most interesting thing in the country, politics (not counting Bollywood of course!). 'Battle for Bittora' is essentially a humorous take on politics and political parties in India, scandals, briberies, controversies, followed with a dash of romance between the political arch-rivals Zain Altaf Khan from IJP and Jinni Pande from Pragati Party. Wickedly hilarious with perhaps many truths about the state of politics in the country, 'Battle for Bittora' is a fun-read. Told from Jinni's perspective, her self-depreciation, Chauhan's mockery of Desi English, sexy, Zain Altaf Khan and other eccentric characters leaves you with much reluctance to set the book down. I did wish for more romance between Jinni and Zain though. Like 'The Zoya Factor', 'Battle for Bittora' too is supposedly being made into a Bollywood movie. It was supposed to star actress Sonam Kapoor and Pakistan's Fawad Khan, however Khan had to drop out due to the political climate between both countries. It is not known who will replace him. I'm really looking forward to 'The Zoya Factor' though. #battleforbittora #bollywood #anujachauhan #indianauthor #femaleauthor #authoress #india #femalewriter #bookreview #bookshelf #onlinebookshelf #onlinebookreview #bookworm #bibliophile #igreads #sgreads #sonamkapoor #fawadkhan #booktomovie #thezoyafactor #instadaily #instapics #instabooks #currentread #bookreader #reader #readingnationsg #whatareyoureadingsg
Those Pricey Thakur Girls
A story of five sisters; all with striking personalities that end up annoying their parents. It is amazing how Anuja Chauhan weaved a romantic comedy out of the different ‘goals’ all of them were pursuing. The Book made to the ‘100 Books By Indian Authors That One Should Read in a Lifetime’ list on Amazon and gained high ratings on other platforms as well.
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Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan (HarperCollins, 2013), set in the 1980s, is the story of five daughters of Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta. . . Beautiful, but troublesome, they have been named alphabetically — Anjini, Binodini, Chandrakanta, Debjani, Eshwari. . . Anjini is married, but is an incorrigible flirt. . . Binodini is very worried about her children's part in the family property. . . Chandrakanta eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding. . . Debjani is the champion of all stray animals on Hailey Road. . . Eshwari is just a little too popular at Modern School, Barakhamba Road. . . Chauhan’s “rom-com” novels include The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (2010), and The House That BJ Built (2015). . . Her latest novel, Baz, a high-octane romance set against an IAF backdrop during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, released in April, 2017. . . . . . . . www.bookfever.in #bookfever #bookfeverStore Connecting Books, Readers & Writers.. . . . . . #thosepriceythakurgirls #anujachauhan #delhischools #teenagedaughters #thezoyafactor #battleforbittora #indianauthor #bookcollector #booklover #bookrecommendation #ilovebooks #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #bookstagrammers #southasianliterature #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookpost #bookclub #literature #womenauthors #southasianauthors #bookstagramindiafeature #bookphoto #bookphotography #tbt #harpercollinsindia Credit @shireenquadri
The House That BJ Built
“….Anuja Chauhan, whose new book confirms her reputation as one of our funniest and most entertaining novelists, and should justly be praised for the wit and sophistication of her 21st-century, decidedly post-imperial English…” -(Live Mint)
This book is a sequel to ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’. Anuja Chauhan never fails to capture what Indians have obsessed over for years. Moreover, she has done justice to popular fiction writing with this book like no other in the release year.
The book takes you back to the 1971 Indo-Pak war, and is centred around an IAF pilot Ishaan ‘Baaz’ Faujdaar. With this book, Anuja Chauhan proved for the nth time that she can weave magic even through dark themes.
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First let me tell you I am a big fan of anuja chauhan. I mean she is the best author😍. So now let me discuss about this book and ofcourse (no spoilers) It's a story of an IAF officer (Indian Air force) his name is ishaan and also (baaz) . And for those who don't know what "baaz" is , it means eagle. If you are looking for a fictional character to fall in love with then trust me you should read this book. I instantly fell for him😍❤. The book is full of action, romance, love, emotions of war, friendship, and love. I am just stunned with the amount of information the author has written about Indo- Pak war. ▪ The ending will surely make you cry😭. I would recommend this book to all who are interested in action and also love. . . . . . Why do they call you Baaz? It means falcon, he replies solemnly. Or bird of prey. Because I swoop down on the enemy planes just like a Baaz would. Then he grins. The grey eyes sparkle. It's also short for bastard. . . #anujachauhan #baazbook #novels #indiannovels #reading❤ #bookish_47 #bookblogging #bookstagram #bookish #books #books📚 #bookworm #bookislove
Shararat Cast- Where Are They Now
Most 90s kids were lucky to have watched some of the best Indian shows. And Shararat ranks high on that list. The story of three generations of friendly witches, Shararat made for a fun watch. Launched in 2003, it had a good run of four years on Star Plus. The sitcom was bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala. So, lets see where they are now.
Shruti Seth as Jia
Shruti Seth’s big break on television, Shararat went on to become a milestone in her career. The actor played the lovable and gullible witch, who was bestowed with magical powers on her 18th birthday. New to these powers, Jia would always end up in trouble and it was her mother and grandmother who bailed her out.
Post Shararat, Shruti has been part of shows like Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar, Rishta.com and films like Rajneeti, Fanaah among more. She has also enjoyed her stint as a host with Mum Tum Aur Hum and multiple seasons of Comedy Circus. Ekta Kapoor recently announced Shruti Seth as one of her lead actors in Mentalhood. The ALTBalaji series will present the lives of moms in contemporary times. The actor is married to filmmaker Danish Aslam and has a daughter.
Farida Jalal as (Sushma) Nani
The most loving and supportive grandmother, Nani was always around to help Jia. A fun personality, she always used her magical powers to teach people lessons. She was also quite naughty and sometimes misused her powers.
More than her TV roles, Farida Jalal is known for playing pivotal characters in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. She was last seen in ZEE5’s Parchayee.
Poonam Narula as Radha
Radha had the tough task of being a witch and a normal ‘human’ wife at the same time. She knew her husband didn’t like magic and so she refrained from using it. She also had to keep an eye on her mischievous mother. A supportive mother, Radha was always there to share the best advice with her daughter.
Poonam Narula has been part of shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kasam and Nach Baliye. Married to actor Manish Goel, she has taken a sabbatical to raise her kids.
Mahesh Thakur as Suraj Malhotra
Poor Suraj got the shock of his life on his wedding night as Radha informed him that she is a witch. Being in love with his wife, he accepted her but asked her to live a normal life like him. While he hated magic, there were multiple moments when it helped him get out of sticky situations. A loving father, he also had a love-hate relationship with his mother-in-law.
Post the show, Mahesh has been part of numerous television and film projects. Some of his notable works include Sasural Genda Phool, Ishqbaaaz, Udaan and films like Hum Saath Saath Hai, Aashiqui 2, Jai Ho etc. He was last seen in Eros Now’s Modi: The Story of a Common Man.
Karanvir Bohra as Dhruv
The college hottie, Dhruv was the centre of attraction and had every girl falling for him. Jia too had a crush on him. Although he reciprocated her feelings, they did not confess their feelings, for a long time. It was also because of Dhruv that Jia became a soft target for Pam, who too had her eyes on this stud.
While Karanvir Bohra is now known for his exuberant fashion sense and personality, as Dhruv, he was the perfect chocolate boy. One of his first acting assignments, KVB, as he is fondly known, charmed the ladies not just on the show but also in real life. Karanvir was last seen as one of the finalists in Bigg Boss 12.
Simple Kaul as Pam
The foreign-returned Parminder aka Pam entered Jia’s life as her rival, wanting to take her place in college, and the love of her life – Dhruv. Pam and her two sidekicks made every effort to make life hell for Jia in college. But thanks to nani and her magical tricks, Pam would always end up falling flat on her face.
After playing the snooty Pam, Simple Kaul showcased her acting skills in shows like Yeh Meri Life Hai, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Suvreen Guggal, Jeannie Aur Juhu and more. Currently, she is a proud owner of multiple restuarants that she opened with good friend Addite Malik.
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Also read: Unfinished: PCJ Finally Launches Her Memoir
Unfinished: PCJ Finally Launches Her Memoir
Priyanka Chopra Jonas finally launched her book: Unfinished, A memoir! After giving us a sneak-peek into her memoir the entire week, she got the ball rolling today. PCJ made a point to make her own legacy, breaking stereotypes and taking the road not taken. Her journey isn’t like a run-of-the-mill story but it was a hell of a roller coaster ride. From hitting the ground after a few good hits, she rose back and paved her own path. She has fans across the world.
She described her memoir as
“A thoughtful and revealing memoir from one of the world’s most recognizable women, renowned for her bold risk-taking, multiculturalism, and activism.”
She posted the cover her memoir captioning,
“Ironically, I named this memoir years before I started writing it. Having been a public person now for 20 years, with so much life to live and a long list of things to check off my list personally and professionally, I am very much #Unfinished. BUT the funny thing about writing a memoir is that it forces you to look at things differently, reconciling so many things you thought you had put to bed. In doing so I’ve realized that being “unfinished” has deeper meaning for me, and has in fact been one of the most common threads of my life…”
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…My parents taught me at a very young age to have courage of conviction, and I’ve never been ambivalent about this. I have always been guided by my curiosity, drive for challenge, and intrinsic need to constantly evolve and move forward. I have taken many leaps of faith, often times when I was advised not to…and even when I too was afraid. Some risks paid off, some didn’t (my life is not a fairytale, although I do hate to lose…c'est la vie), but what I learned during this process is that I have never shied away from change, or forced guilt on myself for leaving something unfinished if that’s what my evolution as an individual required… #unfinished PRE-ORDER NOW! (link in bio)
Insight into her memoir:
“I AM A PRODUCT OF TRADITIONAL INDIA AND ITS ANCIENT WISDOM, AND MODERN INDIA AND ITS URBAN BUSTLE. MY UPBRINGING WAS ALWAYS AN AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO INDIAS, AND, JUST AS MUCH, OF EAST AND WEST.”
“FROM HER DUAL-CONTINENT TWENTY-YEAR-LONG CAREER AS AN ACTOR AND PRODUCER TO HER WORK AS A UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, FROM LOSING HER BELOVED FATHER TO CANCER TO MARRYING NICK JONAS, PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS’S STORY WILL INSPIRE A GENERATION AROUND THE WORLD TO GATHER THEIR COURAGE, EMBRACE THEIR AMBITION, AND COMMIT TO THE HARD WORK OF FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS.”
PCJ has moved heaven and earth to make her memoir accessible to everyone. It is available in both in hard copy and soft copy. You can pre-order it from the links below:
These Shows Will Make You Put On Thinking Hats
Detective television shows always manage to raise the innate investigator we all have within us. The reason why people find detective shows so engaging is that there’s enough space to explore a wide variety of themes and genres. While some shows depend heavily on style, creating a noir-ish and violent narrative, others depend on pure substance. From the grimy ‘Mindhunter’ to the cerebral ‘Sherlock’, detective shows contain a large variety of narratives. In addition, these detective shows are hard to resist. Some of the best shows out there are-
Raimy, an NYPD detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to communicate with her father via a ham radio, who had died way back in 1996. Together, the two start solving all the “unsolvable” cases. The show brilliantly manages to blend the fancy with the crime. It jumps in timeline creating a non-linear plot which is handled with maturity by American writer Jeremy Carver.
Premiering on Netflix in 2018, ‘1983’ is a Polish crime drama about a law student, Kajetan Skowron, essayed by Maciej Musiał, and a cop, Anatol Janów, played by Robert Więckiewicz, who, decades after a 1983 terrorist attack, tries to expose a conspiracy that’s kept Poland as a police state and the Iron Curtain standing. Created and written by Joshua Long, the show is built on a gripping, edgy narrative.
3. Sherlock Holmes
The show which launched Benedict Cumberbatch onto the A-list. Sherlock gave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic creation a brand new lease of life when it first hit the BBC back in 2010. You can catch the first three series of the multi-Emmy-winning drama on Netflix. It is packed with particular highlights including the thoroughly modern take on A Scandal in Bohemia. To sum it up, you should watch it right away. Above all, you would not want to miss Benedict’s amazing acting.
4. Jonathan Creek
You could argue that back in its 1990s prime, Jonathan Creek surpassed the above when it came to eccentric British detectives. Combining whimsical comedy, magic tricks and elaborate, if admittedly far-fetched, murder mystery, Jonathan Creek transformed the whodunnit into the howdunnit, turned stand-up Alan Davies into a household name and gave a whole host of other comedic faces.
The highly charismatic Idris Elba also took his career to new heights when he landed the lead role of DCI John Luther in this compelling BBC crime drama. The potential future James Bond excels as the brilliant but troubled detective who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous cat and mouse game with Ruth Wilson’s psychopathic killer. In other words, this is a literary masterpiece.
6. The Killing
It may lack the iconic woolly jumpers of the Swedish language original, and the first season finale is one of the most frustrating in recent memory. But this US remake of the definitive Scandi noir still largely manages to retain the slow-building intensity, stark realism and tantalising mysteries of its source material. Additionally, the killing went on to top charts when it was aired.
Based on a non-fiction bestseller, Mindhunter sees Jonathan Groff and McCallany play FBI agents. They are tasked with interviewing convicted serial killers to help better understand their crimes. Additionally to solve ongoing investigations. Executive produced by David Fincher, this Netflix original grips from start to finish. This was commissioned for a second series before a single episode had even aired.