The Zoya Factor Paperback – 27 Feb 2009
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
I read a few pages and thought to myself, it's funny alright, but not classy; far from it. Chubby Zoya destined to fall in love with the most handsome captain of the Indian cricket team, of all times. I thought the Bridget Jones love story was passé. It has trended out even by the time the sequel was released. I tch-tched through the first few chapters, very mindful of how trashy and Shoba De-ish the style was (having never read a Shobha De, don't ask me how I manage to be so opinionated).
Half way through the novel, something strange began to happen. I felt that this novel was threatening to draw me into the plot, despite my staunch views about elite fiction, et al. The plot? A convoluted mass of jiggery-pokery - Zoya, quite by accident, is turned into the durga goddess of cricket, holding supreme power over a game she barely understands - but I don't mind that, you see, I worship Salman Rushdie.
I was beginning to laugh, not just snigger. Even so, I was still deliberately resisting warming up to the novel. By now I had proclaimed to my mum, during our weekly catch-up, that how ridiculous it was of me to be reading a book like the Zoya-factor, right after finishing off with my series of Man Booker Prize Nominees (no, I don't have a book club. I have no excuse. Period).Read more ›
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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!!!Published on 25 April 2014 by Srish
My teenage friend really wanted me to read the book. It is a light, easy read that gets very bollywood, here and there. I am not surprised they want to make a movie as well. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2010 by Sumira