Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than books, including. Physics For Dummies. He did his undergrad. Half Girlfriend book. Read reviews HALF GIRLFRIEND (HINDI) Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy (As I have ranted the whole story basically. Half Girlfriend is an Indian English coming of age, young adult romance novel by Indian author Dedicated to "non English-types", as Chetan Bhagat wrote, the book divulges the sentiments and linguistic struggles of a backward rural.
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Thank you, dear reader and friend, for picking up Half Girlfriend. With this book, I complete ten 'Did you just say the girl who wrote these journals is dead?'. Read online: Half Girlfriend is a story of Bihari boy Madhav, a Hindi speaking Bihari who falls in love with Riya, an influential Delhi girl on the campus of pr. Editorial Reviews. Review. It's again Bhagat's love love and love. But the twists, more This is a book with the complete dialogues of a movie, sentence after.
View all 15 comments. Aug 08, Sameer Kamat added it. I see that some folks have already rated this book, when it hasn't even been released. So I thought why not review it as well, before reading it. To be honest, I haven't read any of his books yet. So, I'm not going to be judgemental look Ma, no rating! But I've read enough reviews to conclude that the reactions are generally polarised.
For the lazy ones who don't want to type out a detailed review after reading it, here are a couple of templates that might help. Just edit it and you have your I see that some folks have already rated this book, when it hasn't even been released. Just edit it and you have your own review ready.
Reaction 1: Loved it CB rocks!!! Wen i used to see his ads in papers with free chapters, i was like, 'yeaaaaah CB's new book is coming out! And then many days later when I told mom that he's now getting a full-page editorial on the front page, she said, 'It's an ad' and i was like 'yeaaahhh, CB's new book is coming out! Reaction 2: Hated it CB walks into the bar It is appalling to see the quality of writing. There is no plot, the characters are flatter than Coke left out in the open for 3 days.
This has not been written for discerning readers. It has been written for Bollywood producers. Why doesn't he take us out of the picture and give his script directly to them? The part where I was the happiest was when the book got over. I can now go back to reading The Fountainhead But hey, you know what, at least it's 'intellectual'. This is just a tongue-in-cheek review to entertain folks who are waiting impatiently for the book release.
No offense meant to anyone. I think CB has managed to do for the struggling Indian publishing industry what no other writer has ever done. Hats off and good luck to him! View all 22 comments. Oct 04, Rohini Karmakar rated it it was ok. I generally refrain from reviewing books because I know the hard work that goes into penning down odd pages of literature. I refrain from being unnecessarily harsh on someone, when I have a fair idea of the pain they must have gone through.
But this one compelled me to write, not to praise its excellence, or even to rant about its mediocrity. Infact, I was shocked at the insincerity of the author. To begin with, he didn't even attempt at writing a book, he wrote a screenplay. But he should hav I generally refrain from reviewing books because I know the hard work that goes into penning down odd pages of literature. But he should have at least put in some effort to present it as a novel in its paperback format.
The story is as lame as the language it is written in. Forget nuances and layers, the structure is not even a straight line. It has no purpose, no journey and thereby no destination. And could someone kindly enlighten me on the significance of the title.
As for the literary quality, the lesser spoken the better. For some unknown reason, Mr. Bhagat considers himself the common Indian's writer and as much as he defends them in the battle of masses versus the elite, he is the one taking them for granted.
He considers the common Indian man to be IQ less, illogical and having no sense or appreciation of literature. There is no other way I can justify his coming up with 'Half Girlfriend'. I cannot fathom what moved Mr. Mohit Suri, who has already bought the rights of the novel for his next screen adaptation, to tears.
The only kind of tears this book can draw out is those out of sheer frustration! View all 18 comments. Nov 06, Saiber rated it did not like it Shelves: YES, I know it might have come across as a major surprise to all those who know me, I did infact read this book.
I read it all. And I took some time out and did not post the review. But now it's here. Major Spoilers ahead.
As I have ranted the whole story basically. But one of YES, I know it might have come across as a major surprise to all those who know me, I did infact read this book. But one of my friends with a fairly good taste in books said "This book was great. Obviously I was flummoxed as to what came over her for to think that.
And as a good friend I became obliged to tell her the same. I still can't get over the fact that she said it was great. AS a writer myself I know how much efforts and blood and sweat and time is needed to write a book. And I wouldn't just criticize a book if I just read the name of the author.
I get a fair idea about the writing, the ccharacters and whether it suited my taste. So ofcourse, I wasn't planning on picking any of his book, ever again. But I took one for the team. And read it for my friend who said it was great. Faced with this dilemma, I decided to read Half Girlfriend because I didn't want to be critical about something I hadn't read.
So against all my better judgment, I picked up this book and started reading. I had found a screenshot making the rounds of social networks with some verrry derogatory remark to the female protagonist and it had made me really angry.
So when my friend said the protagonist was romantic and charming - I wondered wha? But I am getting too far ahead of myself. Let me not comment on the originality, but then again thankfully he didn't name it Fate or Destiny. Meet Chetan Bhagat, the first character who you get to meet, who is a grumpy and in some random book tour. Yes, the writer is referring to himself in the book. This is not it, he does it again and again. Thrice in total, with one being in the conversation of his characters along the lines of 'let's read some novel, you know the one by Chetan Bhagat.
Or does seeing your name in the front cover wasn't enough? The whole book kind of lacks in originality you know?
I am not trying to be mean but his character annoyed me the most, and thaaat is saying something. Anyway, let's meet the Madhav - A horny, eyebrow fetishist basketball player who is also a prince of some random place in Bihar. He "falls in love with Riya" as soon as he sees her playing basketball.
Because he is a basketball player who is trying to get in the same college via a sports quota just like Riya. He offers her pointers during the game and thus starts the whole stalking 'love story. They become quick friends and we read more about how tall and pretty Riya is. And how sweaty she gets when she plays basketball in shorts. And how she has basically the best eyebrow game Madhav has ever seen.
Not once, there has been any distinguishing factor to her. Their friendship grows. And the conversations grow even more bland. I have better conversations with my relatives than what Riya and Madhav have. Anyway, Madhav is in love with Riya. Riya of course thinks of him as her best friend. He tries to make her see him in more than a friend way.
And this is where the problem starts. Oh and why the novel is named Half Girlfriend. Riya is definitely "not comfortable" with his physical advances and yet he persists.
This is from the book - " 'She stopped and glared at me until I let go', 'Madhav, please understand, I'm not comfortable with all this. I didn't let go. You are hurting me. I want you. Now we come to the part of the very degrading and derogatory comment. The one making the rounds of the social network as I had previously said. You are using physical force on me.
And you don't help when you say "deti he to de yato kat le. Thankfully, the heroine has the common sense and dignity to leave. God help me I was skimming through the whole monotonous dialouges and the whole "Oh shit, saying that was a bad idea. Oh and here's a gem. So Madhav now realizing that I have disrespected the girl, degrading her in the process, and she is obviously mad and doesn't want to talk to me. So what will I do? Stalk her, Of course! In his own word, he justified stalking her because she wouldn't return his calls or reply or talk to him.
Anyway, finally she agrees to talk to him. After he had stalked her to some changing room and he asked her to talk to her. She hasn't, thankfully, forgiven him completely. But she wants to move past the whole incident understandably so.
At No one is forcing her. She is dropping out of college. Because she is rich girl and she has a money to fall back on if doesn't wanna do a degree. She just wanna get away from her sexist relative. The irony, but okay. So she leaves for London marrying her childhood rakhi brother because he is such a great match. And Madhav ends up sad, messing up all the interviews. Anyway he declines all offers and comes back to his village to aid hi mother run a school.
Lot of monotonous narration with Bill Gates making guests appearances. And Madhav running into Riya again in 2 years.
She is divorced and hence available. And Madhav is as horny as ever. She teaches him English by making him read Chetan Bhagat novel. And she leaves him there with a Dear John note that went like - I'm paraphrasing, hey I'm dying of cancer.
In 3 months. Sorry about not reciprocating your feelings. But now I love you. Dont try to find me. Marry someone and all. Ok bye now. So then like the crazy stalker he is, he goes after her.
I mean at least respect the dying girl's wish. But NO. So he goes back to her place. Tries to find her.
Using his "Royal" connections to make bank managers give him her bank details. Inquire in her work. Go to her house.
He does not find her. Then he receives these mysterious journals of Riya where she basically provides with all the backstory because the the writer was too lazy to develop the plot. And oh hey view spoiler [ she ain't dead. To which Chetan Bhagat asks him to mind his language. Let me just mention- Chetan Bhagat chapters are from the first person pov and so is Madhav's. And they just happen anywhere and you're like wait who's head are we in?
Neither place is nice to be in. Anyway, view spoiler [ Of course she isn't! She just faked the whole thing to get rid of him in my opinion. Who wouldn't? Finally on the last day, he conveniently finds her while she croons You're beautiful by James Blunt. And Riya just falls right back in his stalker arms. Because hey, dude stalked me from India to Manhatten.
And he found me in Manhatten. When I dont even perform with my real name. So yes, I will sleep with him. All communicated with no words and all stares.
Because writing actual meaningful conversations is soo overrated. Anyway, something more happened with the lines of 'happy ending I think.
I am keeping that much out so that I haven't basically ranted the whole plot. You pick the book and READ to know. Why should I be the only one to suffer?! All I know is I was happy, jubilant, ecstatic that this ordeal ended. AND the rant is over. I'm never picking up his book again no matter what my friends thinks.
And CB fans who will say he makes people read, good for him. View all 17 comments. Aug 27, Ronak Gajjar rated it did not like it Shelves: Half Review - Full ka toh zamana hi noi hain!
You cannot pick up a chocolate when someone has just mentioned a death. Why it always have to be the same cycle: You know what? For writing this trash out and misleading youth with these craps! View all 88 comments. Oct 02, Ankit Dubey rated it really liked it. I think Chetan Bhagat gets way more stick than he deserves. The truth is, he writes and India reads. Most of his criticism stems from the purists or the "hard-core literature fans" who can't stand the fact that he is the most popular writer from India.
Yes, his writing style is nothing compared to an Ayn Rand, a Rohinton Mistry or a Khaled Hosseini, but someone who is selling so much must be doing something right.
And he is. Bhagat always takes up issues which resonate with the masses. In Half Girlfriend, the protagonist is a Bihari guy named Madhav who has a hard time speaking English.
Now what can be more common than that? I can envision thousands of youth in Bihar, who will never read "To Kill a Mocking Bird", but who will readily see themselves in Madhav and will have no difficulty in comprehending Bhagat's simplistic yet charming writing style.
The beauty of this process is, some, if not many, will start seeing reading in a different light and will become become readers for life Hopefully picking up books with more intellectual depth and profound life lessons. This, I feel, is Bhagat's biggest contribution. The repeated references to Madhav's poor English is annoying at times, but almost every book has a phase where the reader fights within himself to either put it down or soldier along.
I chose to read on. And the book did hold my attention. Till the last page. I have read my fair share of classics and some have bored me to death. Half Girlfriend had me hooked. Its a charming love story. You will end up rooting for Madhav Well, if you don't hold a blinkered opinion of Bhagat's work, that is. There is the inevitable drama.
Almost Bollywood like. But it is Chetan Bhagat we are talking about. Will you ever dare to criticise Khaled Hosseini for describing the beauty of Afghanistan? Will you lambast Dan Brown for going into minute details of Roman Architecture?
Well, no. You will just say that its their own style. This slightly surreal drama is Bhagat's style. And its good. He has his own niche. It's a different story altogether that a new "generation" of young writers flourished in India after Five Point Someone, trying to imitate Bhagat's style and ended up hurting his already many times questioned reputation.
Bhagat touches on the problem of rural education in India and the book also suggests ways to improve one's English. The techniques may seem too raw for the average Goodreads user or a regular reader, but in truth, they are effective. A 15 year boy reading this book in Bihar will understand this more than you and I will ever will. Half Girlfriend is a very good read.
A sweet love story. An avid reader can easily finish it in two-three sessions.
It will be lapped up by India's youth. It is a bestseller for sure. Chetan Bhagat's legend becomes stronger.
I just hope that people digest the fact that he is a good writer who knows his strengths and sticks by them. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. You Sir, have all my respect. From a fan who has read enough books to not be classified as a "Only Chetan Bhagat books guy. View all 29 comments. Oct 23, Srikari rated it liked it Shelves: Am I crazy? P I was so confused as to how i was going to review this book because i had mixed feelings.
But i can say one thing for sure, this was the only book by Chetan Bhagat i could stand!! He comes from a "not so royal anymore" royal family from the state of Bihar. Bihar is one of the most backward 3 stars!!! Bihar is one of the most backward states in India and is generally looked down upon by many. Since he lived in Bihar most of his life his english is pretty screwed up and I for one am not the judgmental type when it comes to not knowing english, and i also thought this book was better because of this detail.
SO when he goes to New Delhi, for college to the best college in India actually he is made fun of for his spoken english.
This is where he meets Riya, a tall, Beautiful girl who just like him plays basket ball for the collage team. They get talking and eventually become reallllyyyy close. But wait there is one problem, according to her it was just friendship but according to him it was just LOVE, hmmm not the first time you have seen a guy friendzoned. It was her fault as well, even if the guy u friendzoned kisses u and asks to for more u say "NO.
Riya does, she leads him on. She makes him hungry for more and she goes to his room after playin basket ball cuz she wants a nap!
He goes to apologize but she tells him that she was getting married to her family friend Rohan. Just when i was like The book actually got better and better. Madhav though not fully recovered from his heart break , goes back to his village to help run a village school which was started by his mother t provide free education to the poor. He meets divorced Riya again and she offers him help with his english as he had to make a speech for BILL GATES who was coming on a visit to India for sponsoring organisations working for the society's betterment.
He needed a speech that convinces Gates foundation to provide him the grant. It dealt with major issues that India faces today and how we can achieve anything with determination and hard work. It really touched me, how much of suffering ppl in Indian villages face, especially the kids. He gets the grant and when he looks around for Riya she disappears leaving him a letter saying she has lung cancer and that she has only a little time left and not to come look for her.
He is hear broken again. Also at the end I figured out that the "not knowing english" was just left there hanging in mid air. I thought this aspect ,if it were made use of in a more substantial way would have made it a little more interesting. So the book wraps up with a happily ever after. He gets the girl, he gets the kid.
YAY ME! View all 14 comments. Oct 26, Manan Puri rated it it was ok. A portrayed as loser guy: Check 2.
A girl supposedly out of his league and one page dedicated to the introduction her looks: Check 3. Guy's love at first sight because of smell of her perfume or any random reason: Check 4. His pursuit in his head to get her to his bed: Check 5. Girl eventually falling for him after incessant attempts for 4: Check 6.
One page dedicated to the love making: Check 7. Weave a story around Check 'Friends with Benefits' or "I can walk Englis' is a more ap 1. Check 'Friends with Benefits' or "I can walk Englis' is a more apt title for the book than Half Girlfriend, which might have happened because CB picked any two random consecutive words he saw on the first page he opened.
This time, its a screenplay waiting for Deepika Padukone to accept the girl's role and the movie can kick-off to make cr. Just when you think the 'twists' in the plot can't get any more miraculous, CB comes up with another one which can give randomness another random beating. He even randomly praises his brilliance as a writer for, wait a sec In the end, CB's popularity is at that level where he can tell his detractors "Padta hai to pad, warna kat le"!!! View all 3 comments.
Nov 06, Nikhat Hetavkar marked it as gave-up-on Shelves: I've read every Chetan Bhagat book if we can call those sentences lumped together a book only to argue with my friends as to why I absolutely depise his writing. So again a CB novel arrives on the market. And every social media page is flooded with my friends I may have to disown them after this exclaiming "Chetan Bhagat - My favourite author" "The best author" and likewise idiotic comments.
After flipkart taunting me for weeks, I finally decided to pick up the book and form a well devel Hah. After flipkart taunting me for weeks, I finally decided to pick up the book and form a well developed opinion about the hate this stupid title with its smug announcement of its bollywood movie along with the book release inspire in me.
Thankfully this time I did not actually download the book. I borrowed it from a friend. I looked up to see my bookshelf staring at me and obviously judging me. I dont have a hyper active imagination for nothing Nope, I decided.
Life's way too short to read shitty books like these when there are so many great books I still need to read as my shelf reminded me not so gently.
Just plain NO. Life's way too short. And I am not picking this book up again even if it means never getting to correct moronic idiots in their rant about the brilliance of CB. I am DONE. May 28, Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it did not like it. View all 4 comments. Oct 03, Umesh Kesavan rated it did not like it Shelves: I thought Chetan Bhagat can't get worser than " Revolution " but after reading his latest novel , Revolution feels like a better book.
So,looking forward to his next novel so that I can feel that "half girlfriend" is a better one. View all 6 comments. Oct 29, Priyanka rated it did not like it. I quote:: But I felt something deep inside, strong enough for my heart to say, You have to talk to this girl Actual rating - HALF star So the story goes like this: Read the book at your own risk.
Knowing that you will never be able to "un-read" it. Knowing that you could have spent that time reading something else I would suggest reading a user manual, it at least makes sense. Why is it that people can't get over the "A guy and a girl can never be friends" crap? Also, this book is wrong on so many levels! Why would you do something even after the lady repeatedly says 'No'. It is never a yes. I can't believe the author who claims to be a "feminist" could write something like this.
Chetan Bhagat has fallen to new found lows to write a book only in hopes of making it into a masala blockbuster movie. View all 5 comments. Aug 12, R. Bisht rated it did not like it.
Even if you don't want to read Rushdie or Jhumpa Lahiri there are select few who write contemporary, interesting stories! I'd personally recommend Zero Defect if you want a fast paced, and thought provoking read.
There is also a lesser known among indians book Shantaram though not written by and indian author is an interesting contemporary book set in Mumbai. So, open your mind and read something better for change ; The yellowing pages fanned out between us. The pages had handwritten text, mostly illegible, as the ink had smudged. Many pages had holes in them, rats having snacked on them. This is not a book. I looked up at him. Even seated, he was tall. Over six feet, he had a sunburnt, outdoor ruggedness about him.
Black hair, black eyes and a particularly intense gaze. He wore a shirt two sizes too big for his lean frame. He had large hands. He reassembled the notebooks, gentle with his fingers, almost caressing the pages.
He shook his head. I looked around. A bowl of fruit and some chocolates sat next to my bed.
He took a piece of dark chocolate when I offered it. My hand froze in mid-air. You cannot pick up a chocolate when someone has just mentioned a death. Can I order some food first? Madhav Jha. I live in Dumraon, eighty kilometres from here. You speak English. Not typical of someone who runs a school in the back of beyond. I saw him swallow to keep his composure. The doorbell startled us. The waiter shifted the journals to keep the sandwich tray on the table. A few sheets of the journal fell to the floor.
I offered him a tomato and cheese sandwich. He ignored me and rearranged the loose sheets of paper. He nodded, his eyes still on the pages of the journal. But why have you brought them here? Maybe they will be useful to you. A part of me wanted him out of my room as soon as possible.
His gaze remained directed at the floor. He stood up, presumably to leave. He had not touched his sandwich—which was okay, because I could eat it after he left. He scribbled his phone number on a piece of paper and kept it on the table. Please take them with you. You can. It took me a few seconds to realize what had happened.
I picked up the journals and ran out of the room, but the sole working lift had just gone down. I came back to my room, irritated by his audacity. Dumping the notebooks and the slip with his phone number in the dustbin, I sat on the bed, a little unsettled. I switched off the lights and lay down in bed. I had to catch an early morning flight to Mumbai the next day and had a four-hour window of sleep. Who was this guy?
Questions popped up: What the hell is a half-girlfriend? Eyes wide open, I lay in bed, staring at the little flashing red light from the smoke detector on the ceiling. The journals bothered me. Sure, they lay in the dustbin. However, something about those torn pages, the dead person and her half-boyfriend, or whoever he was, intrigued me.
The suggestion: But thirty minutes later, I switched on the lights in my room, fished out the journals from the dustbin and opened the first volume. Most pages were too damaged to read. I tried to make sense of what I could. The first page dated back nine years, to 1st November Riya had written about her fifteenth birthday in Delhi.