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The Zoya factor [Paperback]

Anuja Chauhan
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11 July 2009
When the younger player in India's cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the world cup back in 1983, they are intrigued. When eating breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed. They decide she is a lucky charm.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins India (11 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8172237480
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172237486
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author was born and schooled in Meerut in 1970. She worked in advertising for over 14 years, and has created many ad campaigns.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit for cricket! 21 Oct 2008
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It took a little while to get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it. Although published in English, there were a lot of Indian expressions and phrases in here that I didn't understand and couldn't help feeling it would have helped if I had. Harper Collins, if you're reading, some footnotes might have been useful.

I love cricket and enjoyed reading about it from another woman's perspective. However, I wonder if the author ever intended for this book to be read outside of India? She occasionally has her heroine express her fear of being surrounded by "white people" during her trip to Australia. This took me by surprise, as the rationale for her fear is never explained.

This aside, it follows the traditional chick lit path with the heroine over analysing the actions of the hero and almost ruining their chances of happiness. But it provides a wonderful insight into India's culture, their obsession with cricket and is generally a good fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Chick lit! 12 May 2014
By Midushi
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Its good to read this refreshing book from an Indian author. Of course there are words which would be probably best understood if you understood some Hindi but all in all a quick light hearted fun read :) Good to gift as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for an Indian audience! 25 April 2014
By Srish
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Great read for an Indian audience! A bit slow at the start but couldn't keep it down once it took off!!!
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The Zoya Factor is exuberant, funny, full of Indian English and Hindi slang, and I adored it. The romance subplot is not very surprising, but the cricket thread is knowledgable and interesting, especially the Indian cricket fans contrasted with Australian "cricket fever". Zoya herself is sweet and friendly and magnificently self-sabotaging at times. She's not perfect but she is likeable.

There is a large cast of distinctive supporting characters, some of whom get the funniest lines. Never once do I get that "who is this again?" feeling, which I have with certain other books with a much smaller cast.

The Indian slang and bits of Hindi are a bit surprising at first, but I found almost everything made sense in context and I've had more difficulty getting used to the English of Jane Austen, or some of Georgette Heyer's more strictly historical novels. I didn't find it much of a barrier and once I was sucked into the story I stayed there to the end. This is a great read and very enjoyable.
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