Twenty-five-year-old Jinni lives in Mumbai, works in a hip animation studio and is perfectly happy with her carefree life. Until her bossy grandmother shows up and announces that it is Jinni’s ‘duty’ to drop everything and come and contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from their sleepy hometown, Bittora. Jinni swears she won’t but she soon ends up swathed in cotton saris and frumpy blouses, battling prickly heat, corruption and accusations of nymphomania as candidate Sarojini Pande, a daughter of the illustrious Pande dynasty of Pavit Pradesh. And if life isn’t fun enough already, her main opposition turns out to be Bittora ex-royal, Zain Altaf Khan – an irritatingly idealistic though undeniably lustworthy individual with whom Jinni shares a complicated history. Enlivened by Chauhan’s characteristic brand of wicked humour and sexy romanticism, this is a rollicking new tale of young India.
Genre: Fiction/ Romantic comedy
Format: Paperback/ Kindle eBook
- Paperback: 315 INR/$13.89
- Kindle: 214.25 INR/$7.99
My Ratings: 4/5
This book is a laughter ride most of the times. However, it does tend to drag at places. What I liked the most is how, the author with her own hilarious, fun way, manages to give the readers an insight into what it takes to fight an election in India. The USP of this book is that, even for someone who is not particularly interested in politics, the workings of an election, the way Anuja Chauhan has put them in the book, are very funny and also quite informative.
Written with a mix of humor & some tender moments, the book is definitely a good read. The core team of Jinni provides us with ample humor and sometimes great insights about the political scenario which even Jinni (even though she is the one fighting the election) is unaware about. My favorite character? Amma (Jinni’s gradma) who we can immediately identify with our own grandparents or even our parents, whose views on politics are so religiously biased. Though a fun and light read, I think it could have been trimmed by some 50-80 pages because it was a slog at times.
Witty, quirky, fresh and spicy – it has all the drama of a Bollywood movie, making it a mass likeable book. It even has the romance of a chick flick and humorous satire of a north Indian political setting, which add to the overall appeal.
What I liked:
–> Jinni’s (the female lead) dry sense of humour.
–> The suspense of who will finally win the election keeps you glued to the book and the way the book unravels towards the end keeps you guessing about the conclusion till the last page.
–> Gives use a political hope (for India).
–> The on-point satirical and political humour.
What I didn’t like:
–> Non-understandable terms and contexts (especially political ones) for non-Indians.
–> Less presence of ZAK (Zain Altaf Khan-the male lead)