Authir: Anuja Chauhan

The Zoya Factor

Book Blurb:

When the younger players in India’s cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the World Cup back in 1983, they are intrigued. When having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she’s a lucky charm.
The nation goes a step further. Amazed at the ragtag team’s sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess.
So when the eccentric IBCC president and his mesmeric, always-exquisitely-attired Swamiji invite Zoya to accompany the team to the tenth ICC World Cup, she has no choice but to agree.
Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by Cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action. And it doesn’t help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn’t believe in luck.

My Review:

This is one of the first book in this genre that is written by an Indian author that I truly loved. I always loved reading rom-coms…but after Chetan Bhagat, the whole me-too brigade just made me shy away from the whole genre. I would rather not read anything, than read a “romance” written by an Indian author. But, that changed with this book. THIS book, right here, is why I absolutly adore reading rom-coms.

The characters are fresh, they are funny, and the overall storyline just leaves you rooting for the main characters to just get togather already, even when they “absolutely hate” each other. I know..I know..the trope is there…but the way the author handles the trope makes you feel that you are indeed reading a winner. The use of the hinglish words, at the best moments, made me laugh out loud.

The best thing about this book is that the characters are just so real. You feel like you know people who are just like them, you can totally fall for their goofiness, their troubles, and their overall personnas. The fact that the author cared for her characters (even those who are not central to the story line) enough to give them three dimentional characters speaks volumes on the kind of writer she is.

Coming to the story line, I am not a cricket fan. I have never watched even one ball being thrown on screen. So, I started off as a sceptic since the story revolved around cricket. But, my lack of enthusiasm for the game did not dampen my enjoyment of the book. I cannot imagine just how much those who do enjoy the game would love this book.

With this book, I am now a total fan of the author. I have already devoured her “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” like a hungry wolf, and I will be getting more of her works soon, real soon.

I rate this book a purrrrrfect 4 out of 4. If you like reading books that do not deal with hard hitting topics, something light hearted to take your mind off the stress of the daily life, while making you laugh out loud (and feel like an idiot when people give you stares), definately pick this one up!

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