Book Review: "The Zoya Factor" by Anuja Chauhan

The Zoya Factor
Author: Anuja Chauhan
ISBN: 9788172237486

The book revolves around a Delhi girl, Zoya Solanki, who works in an advertising agency. A die-hard Shah Rukh Khan fan and not-so-interested in cricket, the circumstances force her to attend an ad shoot at Dhaka with Indian Cricket team, due to which she had to miss the shoot with SRK.

Indian Cricket team captain, Nikhil Khoda, is a very disciplined guy, who considers Zoya and her ad team a distraction. Zoya has to spend a few days with the team, thanks to Nikhil’s non-cooperation for the ad shoot. Meanwhile, the cricketers come to know that Zoya was born precisely at the same moment when India won the World Cup. Couple of times, it so happens that whenever Zoya has breakfast with the team, they win, otherwise they don’t. This, after a few breakfasts, starts hurting the ego of the captain, as the team believes that they win not due to their caliber but for the breakfasts they have with a “Lucky Charm”.

Riding along with the superstition, the journey takes Zoya to Australia. People start calling her "The Goddess". Problems and confusion ensue, with a typical Bollywood movie climax.

The scoring points of the book are its fast pace and subtle humour. The characters are defined very clearly. And as intended, they create the image of a few players of the current Indian cricket team.

The parts where the book is lacking are certain scenes which you feel are way too clichéd.

But all in all, the book is a good entertainer. A great one for a light read.

Review by Neha who blogs at Neha's Blog.

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