Book Review: Those Pricey Thakur Girls

Title: Those Pricey Thakur Girls

Originally published: 10 January 2013

Author: Anuja Chauhan

Followed by: The House that BJ Built

Genres: Fiction, Romance novel

This is the first time I have read a book by Anuja Chauhan and I have already made it a point to check her other works. The sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls has been duly bought and I hope it’s as entertaining as this one. I generally don’t like chick-lits by Indian authors but this one is a breathtakingly fresh and funny book with quirky characters.

The book reminds you of Pride and Prejudice but the similarity ends at the fact that there are five Thakur girls. The story revolves around the Thakur family living at a magnificent bungalow at the posh Hailey Road. Justice Laxmi Thakur and his wife Mamta Thakur have five alphabetically named daughters. Anjini, the eldest is a beauty and an incorrigible flirt is married to Anant and has come to her father’s house for a short stay. Binodini, the second daughter has two cute twins and is married to a businessman who is always in need of money for his business and that’s why they have slapped a case on Justice Thakur for their ‘hissa’ in the property. Chandrakanta eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding and thus is banished from the family. Debjani is in love with the losers and has just gotten an enviable post in DD as a news anchor. And the youngest Eshwari is her last year at school and is a sort of star among her peers.

Debjani or Dabbu is much elated after her first newscast, basking in the praises showered b her doting family and friends. However, the scathing review in the India Post newspaper leaves her disheartened and dismayed. And that’s when she comes across her father’s best friend’s son, Dylan Singh Shekhawat, the cynical investigative reporter. As Dabbu gradually falls in love with him, little did she know that Dylan is the man behind the vitriolic piece in the India Post.

A spunky heroine and a deliciously devilish hero with their sizzling chemistry makes for an interesting love story. The supporting characters add to its charm. The philandering chacha, the victimized chachi, the beti who wants her ‘hissa’, the cousin who wants to open a gym- all the characters make up a perfect Indian family scene with a lot of humor. Infact, the chachi Bhudevi and her eccentricity will leave you laughing out loud.

Set in Eighties, the book brings back a lot of memories and makes you nostalgic. The prime time news at DD and the whole family viewing television together reminds of the days gone by. Imagine we had only one channel and that too state-owned! There are generous splashings of Hinglish which are a little irritating. Especially the ‘gaalis’ irked me to no end. They were there in abundance.

With hilarious situations and some mushy moments, this tale of a crazy family makes for a light and fun read. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to add a few laughs in their day!

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