Chetan Bhagat’s recent novel, Half Girlfriend, with its intriguing title was a typical “bollywood type” story. This is the fourth one I have read by the same author and it was just another quick read for me.
Poor bihari boy meets Miss richy rich and instantly falls in love. So much of love that he goes halfway across the world in her search. Whoa! now thats how Bollywood portrays people madly in love. When I read books, I expect something novel in them, something which might inspire someone to make a great movie from! But this one looked like something written to be converted into a movie. Lot of impractical , unconvincing things in the book, atleast for me. Moreover, I read it in quick succession after Revolution 2020, which I think was quite similar!
Author tries to make it interesting by making the girl denying for a relationship for whatever reasons and hence she is the “Half” girlfriend. It’s a typical love story involving boy meets girl thing, a college stint, separation… meeting again and separating and BLAH BLAH alongwith the much expected and anticipated fillers. I was, as always, amused by Bhagat’s guesswork about “what is the girl thinking now” 😉
As always, Chetan Bhagat tries to leave a message of youth doing something for the country selflessly which is a good thing about the book. The protagonist runs a rural school and manages to earn grant from Bill Gates. As the last line of the book, there’s a message of not quitting which I really liked. Chetan Bhagat was also seen giving the same message to the youth in a popular comedy show on television. Read the book without lot of expectations and speculate about the starcast for an upcoming bollywood movie (which will make its way to the much hyped “** Crore club” , thanks to not-so-intellectual indian cinema lovers ). But as a book, it turns out to be just-average!
Some lines from the book:
Tiny bumps in time shape our lives, even though we spend hours trying to make long-term plans.
Girls never tell you anything straight out anyway. You have to interpolate and extrapolate their responses to figure out what’s on their mind.
Sometimes you need a knock on the head to come back to your senses.
Don’t quit. It will happen one day.