Author: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Cover : 3/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 2/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3/5
- Madhav Jha- The protagonist
- Riya Somani- Madhav’s half girlfriend
Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a rich girl from Delhi called Riya. Madhav didnt speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.
“Half Girlfriend” by Chetan Bhagat is an interesting concept. It starts with Madhav meeting Chetan Bhagat at a hotel in Patna with his dead half girlfriend Riya’s journals. He wants Chetan to read those and thinks it might help him. At first Chetan is reluctant about the idea of going through the journals but is unable to resist himself and finally reads all that is still legible from it. He discovers a fact which he wants Madhav to know and calls him in his hotel room. He makes Madhav talk about everything from the beginning. It had all begun when Madhav saw Riya for the first time in Delhi at St. Stephen’s college where both had come to seek admission through sports quota. They became fast friends. Madhav hailed from Bihar and didn’t speak english well. Riya had been born and brought up in Delhi and spoke fluent english. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend. But a few odd things happened and their relation was hampered. They entered each other’s life again after a long time through sheer coincidence. “Is Riya really dead?” was the one thing which kept the script going.
The story on the whole was a smooth ride. Like every other Chetan Bhagat novel, simple english made it more relative to read. Good research had been done about various places and they have been described beautifully. I personally loved the last chapter where the description of each moment just left my mind numb, waiting for the happy ending.
Though the concept of “half girlfriend” was new, there was nothing unique about the script. It was cheesy to have mentioned in the novel that Chetan Bhagat’s novels are a guide for people who understand simple plain english and prefer limited vocab. There are better authors and novels which deserve much more popularity.
Fairly good read. (3/5)
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