Book : Those Pricey Thakur Girls
Author : Anuja Chauhan
Publishing Year : 2013
Page Count : 400
Genre : Romance
Format : Paperback
Synopsis : In a sprawling bungalow on New Delhi’s posh Hailey Road, Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta spend their days watching anxiously over their five beautiful (but troublesome) alphabetically named daughters. Anjini, married but an incorrigible flirt; Binodini, very worried about her children’s hissa in the family property; Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding; Eshwari, who is just a little too popular at Modern School, Barakhamba Road; and the Judge’s favourite (though fathers shouldn’t have favourites): the quietly fiery Debjani, champion of all the stray animals on Hailey Road, who reads the English news on DD and clashes constantly with crusading journalist Dylan Singh Shekhawat, he of shining professional credentials but tarnished personal reputation, crushingly dismissive of her state-sponsored propaganda, but always seeking her out with half-sarcastic, half-intrigued dark eyes. Spot-on funny and toe-curlingly sexy, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is rom-com specialist Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best.
The cover of Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan proclaims her to be the only author of popular Indian fiction worth reading. Now, I usually steer clear of populist Indian fiction for the simple reason that they are usually so bad that I can actually feel my intellect going down while reading these books. But this was a highly recommended read from two of my friends so I thought to take a plunge with this one and I was definitely not disappointed.
This book follows an extremely quirky, comedic family. The man of the house is Justice Laxmi Narayan, a retired judge. He lives in Delhi of the late twentieth century with his wife and has five alphabetically named daughters. Yes, you heard that right – alphabetically named. And the fun is just beginning! All of them have completely different personalities but the main story follows Debjani Thakur or Dabbu, as she is called. She has a knack for going for the so-called “loser” things in life. She is our protagonist. And then you have Dylan Singh Shekhawat, our male protagonist. He is introduced to the reader as a character who flirts and goes around with almost any female in the vicinity and you think to yourself that there is nrao way that you can actually end up liking such a character but the author simply proves you wrong. Along with Dylan, there is his complete mix of a Rajput – Christian family who are simple rib tickling.
Going into the story, I knew it better not to expect anything great out of the plot. The best way to describe it’d be to say it is like one of those one time watch Bollywood movies where you know nothing substantial is going to come out of it but you watch it anyways for the fun and laughter associated with it. Anuja Chauhan delivers extremely well on this front. Her writing is quirky, fun and laugh out loud at times. She will make your eyes bulge out with the shock of a few statements that you will end up reading. She has captured the soul of the society of Delhi during those times quite well and all those mentions of the times when Doordarshan was the only television network will make you feel extremely nostalgic.
To wrap this up, if you’re looking for a breezy and funny read then do pick up Those Pricey Thakur Girls. It will give you an incredible glimpse into India of those times and will leave you feeling light. Do pick it up.
RATING : 4/5
Is there anyone who has read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear from you!