Chetan Bhagat's ninth book One Indian Girl has already been making headlines and for various reasons. The book, which is slated to release in this October, broke pre-order records, the author released contentious excerpts and Bhagat even got baptised as Chatan — the writer has had quite a busy season so far.
Keeping up his persona of making headlines, Bhagat released a one-minute teaser giving the readers an idea of what his new book’s protagonist will be like. Bhagat aka Radhika Mehta expands on why she ‘finds it difficult to get love’ and why ‘society judges women achievers’, especially in India.
The transcript of the monologue is as follows:
"Hi, I'm Radhika Mehta and I'm getting married this week.
I work in a top investment bank.
Thank you for reading my crazy story.
However, let me warn you.
You may not like me too much.
One, I make a lot of money.
Two, I have an opinion on everything.
Three, I have had sex before.
Now if I were a guy, you'd be cool with all this.
Since I am a girl, these things don't really make me too likeable, do they?"
"I have written stories about other issues - education system, inter-community marriages, corruption for instance. In all of those I try to do justice to the issue. Hopefully, I have done the same here," the author elaborates about the message of the book. Some people don't think he really will.
Chetan Bhagat keeps reaching peak MRA everyday.
— was holmeslaufeyson (@TRANSKElTH) August 28, 2016
— mayank kapoor (@mayankkapoor_) August 28, 2016
I have no problem with anybody giving lectures in the assembly until he is Chetan Bhagat.
Mere #MannKiBaat .
— Keshava (@Kumar_Ke5hav) August 28, 2016
Chetan Bhagat's new novel releases on releases 1 October. You can also read Bhagat's interview with Firstpost where he discusses writing in a female voice and why did he start writing in the first place.
Meanwhile, watch the book teaser here: