Bookish Witch

The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan

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…

Genre: Fiction/RomCom

Pages: 466

Format: Paperback/Kindle eBook/Audiobook/MP3 CD


  • Paperback: 327 INR/ $16.50
  • Kindle eBook: 31 INR/ $2.99

My Ratings: 4.5/5

This was like a dream combo for someone like me, because it combined two of my favourite hobbies into one good story, aka, cricket and reading. Anuja Chauhan’s dry humour comes with a desi tadka, which is almost always chuckle worthy throughout the book. Zoya’s character comes with so many flaws that we’re immediately drawn to her rather than despising her. The nitbits about cricket are quite well researched and written.

Anuja Chauhan uses Indian English but also tries to avoid flowery expressions. Also, after reading shelves and shelves of books and articles on romance, page 3 sagas and so on, I was happy and relieved to finally have a book that made me laugh and also gave me butterflies.

For every girl (or even a guy who also happens to love reading) who is a cricket enthusiast, this is THE BOOK! The story line isn’t outstanding but the way in which the scenes are portrayed is amazing. The characters are drawn well and the readers can easily relate to them.

My only problem was with Khoda’s character, who seemed a bit too snooty and confused. Nonetheless, I did develop a crush on him,because duh! He’s the captain and he reminded me so much of VK, my real life crush.

I love the style of writing. The wordplay is simple yet engaging. Some of the lines that made me burst out laughing, were

“You don’t look like a blossoming bougainvillea yourself

“If you could move your hands to either side, you’ll have substantial proof that I’m a big girl”

“When you hit a small round object with a piece of wood, it travels very far indeed”. 

Not a must-read but would surely recommend because its a complete chick lit which you can finish easy breezily in a day or two.

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