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The Zoya Factor am Ebook Zoya Solanki a mid level marketing executive at an ad firm a typical Karol Bagh type with masses of black curling hair and full cheeks which is th

The Zoya Factor am Ebook Zoya Solanki.....a mid-level marketing executive at an ad-firm...a typical ‘Karol-Bagh’ type....with masses of black curling hair and full-cheeks which is the bane of her existence. Her idea of a perfect assignment: Working with SRK and getting a glimpse of his toffee-coloured torso!So how does ordinary Zoya Solanki become ‘The Zoya Devi’..the Indian Goddess.....the good luck charm on which the hopes of India are riding?Simple!Zoya happened to be born at the very moment when India clinched the World Cup in 1983…infact when the last wicket fell, out popped Zoya!As she works on an assignment with the current Indian Cricket Team, the superstitious bunch discover that having breakfast with Zoya leads to victory. And not eating with her...well, crushing defeat (…to Bermuda!!). Zoya is instantly escalated to the status of “Lucky Charm”!With the tenth ICC World Cup just around the corner, Zoya is soon begged, bullied and emotionally blackmailed to accompany the Indian team as their official good luck mascot. Driven by a misguided sense of loyalty to India and the hope of bringing back the elusive world cup.....Zoya is soon off to Australia on a fully-paid holiday.But being a lucky charm is not all it’s cracked up to be. Zoya is soon crossing swords with the brilliant captain of the Indian team, Nikhil Khoda. Khoda doesn’t believe in lucky charms. He works hard and wants the team’s win to be attributed to the effort put in by the “boys”. The fact that there’s a definite attraction between the two.....only adds to the escalating fiasco.Pursued by pista-munching agents, harangued by saffron-clad babas, manipulated by IBCC chiefs and wooed by Cola firms……Zoya is soon sinking into the mad-crazy world of Indian Cricket. In a country where cricket is almost a religion, Zoya is elevated to goddess-status. Staying true to herself is becoming more and more difficult and the hype threatens to over-power the sassy Zoya.Finally a book by an Indian author that I can say I thoroughly, truly enjoyed. No “Indian-settled-abroad-culture-clash” drama…no pages of purple prose.....just pure unadulterated fun. Anuja Chauhan has brought the fun back into Indian Literature. Generously peppered with doses of 'Hinglish' and ribald humour…”The Zoya Factor” is a laugh riot. As the author herself puts it “Anybody who loved DDLG and the Twenty20 World Cup will like Zoya”. Too true….and I hope fledgling Indian Authors everywhere get the hint and leave the “rhona-dhona” behind!!. Alternate cover edition for 9788172237486When the younger players 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 having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed And when not eating with her results in defeat, they dAlternate cover edition for 9788172237486When the younger players 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 having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she s a lucky charm The nation goes a step further Amazed at the ragtag team s sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess So when the eccentric IBCC president and his mesmeric, always exquisitely attired Swamiji invite Zoya to accompany the team to the tenth ICC World Cup, she has no choice but to agree Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by Cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action And it doesn t help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn t believe in luck. A viral Kindle The Zoya Factor Zoya Solanki, Servicing girl to Zoya Devi, The Goddess! How you may ask? Well she got lucky, LITERALLY! The indian cricket team realizes that whenever she has breakfast with them they win and when she doesn't they even lose to a country that doesn't even exist (by this I mean minor cricket playing nations). This book is a roller coaster of her journey as a lucky charm to the team. Will she still be her sensible self and not go really deep into this "Goddess" status or will she start believing that she is the reason for the team to play well and lose her chance at love?Wow was that a breath of fresh air!! I absolutely loved it!This was a book written by an Indian author and this had me super hesitant to dig right in. Don't get me wrong, I do love my country and stuff but after having Near death experiences with a few Indian Lit. Books I decided that maybe I should seriously take a break from them (Especially after Accidentally in Love where I put the lives of my family members at risk since I went through this brief period of the "I-am-going-to-stab-the next-person-I-see" syndrome!)BUT GOD THIS BOOK!It was Indian without being boring and cheesy! It was so well written with humor and angst (well I felt it, Cricket makes me angsty,okay?). Honestly I think it's one of the best books I have read recently! The characters were relatable, flawed and made stupid mistakes and I just loved it. It truly draws upon the Indian way of life, the actual essence of being Indian! This was such a fun book and would definitely recommend it when you want to take a break from hard core novels! The narration is funny and laid back and just perfect for you to just sit back and enjoy (kind of like F.R.I.E.N.D.S). ME BE SO HAPPY Y'ALL! :D

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  • Anuja Chauhan Post author

    Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author and advertiser She worked in the advertising agency, JWT India, for over 17 years She has written 3 novels, The Zoya Factor 2008 , Battle For Bittora October 2010 and Those Pricey Thakur Girls January 2013 All three books are romances.

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  • Zoya Solankia mid level marketing executive at an ad firma typical Karol Bagh type.with masses of black curling hair and full cheeks which is the bane of her existence Her idea of a perfect assignment Working with SRK and getting a glimpse of his toffee coloured torso So how does ordinary Zoya Solanki become The Zoya Devi.e Indian Goddess.e good luck charm on which the hopes of India are riding Simple Zoya happened to be born at the very moment when India clinched the World Cup in 1983 infact wh [...]


  • Zoya Solanki, Servicing girl to Zoya Devi, The Goddess How you may ask Well she got lucky, LITERALLY The indian cricket team realizes that whenever she has breakfast with them they win and when she doesn t they even lose to a country that doesn t even exist by this I mean minor cricket playing nations This book is a roller coaster of her journey as a lucky charm to the team Will she still be her sensible self and not go really deep into this Goddess status or will she start believing that she is [...]


  • The best thing about Zoya is that it is not just an english book by an indian if you know what I mean There is so much story and people and India than in the I m Indian, I live abroad, I m confused kind of book there has been so much of in the recent past.Zoya is peopled with characters that are as believable as they are likable Zoravar, Eppa, Rinku Chachi, Vishal, Monita even Sanks are people you would have or at least easily could have met somewhere.It is laugh out loud funny in many places I [...]


  • It s not literary elitism it s just Anuja Chauhan being a bit over the top with her nonetheless fantastic metaphors The Dilli feel to this book was what I loved the mostRATCH THAT NIKHIL KHODA IS LIKE THE BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND EVEREVEREVER BECAUSE1 he s not all mushy mushy2 he s hot in the cannot be tamed way3 strong and confident4 he s nikhil khodaI refuse to accept he s fictional Oh god i love him so much even though i harbour no love for cricket gah


  • WOW this is the kind of book i hv always dreamed of writing funny, saucy yet endearing One of my fav ppl on had recommended me this book when we met the 1st time,saying it was chick lit but good now i am not a big fan of the genre, and tho i had the book for the last 10 days or so Yday eve had a tiff with dear wifey, and thought will browse this for half hour or so, give her time to cool down, and then make the obligatory apologetic sounds to bring around the rapprochement not a good move i tell [...]


  • I wanted to post it on Anuja Chauhan FB page but that option is not there So i am pasting it heare Hope she reads it.I just finished your The Zoya Factor I liked it immensely In I saw some of reviewers has categorized it chic lit but I will prefer to call it BINDASS LIT Your English is good but unpretentious unlike Vikram Seth and Arundhati Roy And Hindi and hinglish in between makes it very Indian and you doesn t look like a Nora Roberts, Patricia Cornwell wannabe It is surely an original produ [...]


  • In my defense, i picked up this book for two reasons, namely 1 I was intrigued by the fact that sometime back a noted production house wanted to make a feature film out of this and 2 The synopsis seemed interesting.What i should have also taken a moment to read were the reviews Especially the one and there is only one at the back which mentions the word chic lit Big Mistake And since i hate leaving a book midway especially when it is not an anthology i had to curse, moan and grunt my way through [...]


  • I bought this book long ago and forgot its existence in my book shelf till recently I regret it I seriously do , DAMN , How did I miss this book all this while This is too good to skipSynopsis Zoya from AWB , an advertising company which hires celebrities and manage to shoot a few endorsements on various products She is chubby , short , lively who loves firecrackers Ohh yes , she is born on the same day as India won world cup Personally she doesnt believe in luck , lucky charm or such things But [...]


  • I see this book in two parts.The first 100 or so pages were witty and lively Written in a language that resembles English, it is the tongue of the Delhi teenager of the feminine kind But it has intelligence It reminded me of my niece I quite enjoyed it.After the novelty wore off, and romance reared its head, the novel nose dived The remaining 400 pages or so were well, I s rather not say anything about it, as I am not the target audience Don t want to run down a book of a sub genre that I don t [...]


  • RATING 4.5When the younger players 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 having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she s a lucky charm.The nation goes a step further.Amazed at the ragtag team s sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess.So when the eccentri [...]


  • The Zoya Factor is a funny, refreshing read It rises above scores of books by confused writers who desperately try but fail to portray the changing Indian society Well, this book makes no pretences.It is an account of the cricketing world in India through the eyes of Zoya Solanki, an advertising executive who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket Team The book follows her to Australia for the ICC World Cup where she must breakfast with the Team before every match.However, everyone on the [...]


  • This is the story of Zoya who was born the moment India won the cricket world cup in 83 She is so lucky that a cricket team supported by her never loses She discovers this fact about herself and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the badly struggling Indian cricket team Now we follow along and enjoy Zoya s antics and dive into the whole crazy circus y world of Indian cricket There is the dishy Indian captain of course.This is a romantic comedy A rom com that is very well written The characters a [...]


  • The Zoya Factor has its high and lows for me Still for someone reading Anuja Chauhan for the first time, I wager this book too would be an extremely entertaining experience Chauhan s style, which was refreshing when I encountered it, has worn off its charm on me three books later She still made me laugh out loud at certain moments, but otherwise it felt like reading the same formulae applied in a different setting The characters as well, Dabbu, Bonita and Zoya seem to be made from the same mould [...]


  • One of the best contemporary Indian books Wickedly humorous, couldn t stop laughing, though a bit raunchy at places On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this light comedy involving a middle grade advertisement executive, a young cute female with chubby cheeks, who is forced to spent her time eating breakfast with the Indian cricket team as she was born at the auspicious moment in 1983 when India stuck the last wicket and gained the cup She falls for the dishy captain and suffers many ups and downs [...]


  • Dudeif anyone asks me to describe this bookap hai Rey Read itif u Indian and cricket is your dieten must readAnd if u not a cricket loverI suggest u still read thisINSANE One of my best books off all timeLove ZOYAJI to the coregod knows why redchillies his taking sooo long to make the movieHopefully the cast parineeti as Zoya.at would be epic But all in allAnuja chauhan is a geniusd this is a masterpiece


  • i did like some parts of this book some lines that made me laugh and the idea was a good one too written quite well but i did not like the fact that the book was too long for the story about 200 pages seemed unnecessary dragging the story along and i think i do not like portrayal of zoya as a girl who swoons seeing the skipper i prefer the women in books to be strong characters who do swoon at times but that is not the only thing they do


  • My fault once again I read the chick lit tag far too late, namely, after 15 yawn inducing pages Juvenile and utterly predictable I flipped to last page to confirm the predictability factor The end.


  • Anuja Chauhan s brilliantly hilarious debut had me in tears There are pages and lines I kept going back to just for the sheer joy of the inane way in which she writes.I have been on a streak this year to read meaningful books Having said that, nothing could prepare me for the simple pleasure of reading something as mundane as a filmy love story full of puppy like romantic gestures and a constant eruption of giggly, swooning teenage crushes.All the characters in this book are lovable and cute ev [...]


  • If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be dumb This book was recommended to me by two of my colleagues who generally have a good taste in books Alas, they both were wrong this time.I think I lost few of grey matter while reading this book The facts looks like thoroughly googled and put together Nothing wrong in that but looks obvious The dialogues are loosely put, the narration horribly written The hinglish did not have that kind of charm In fact, I usually like a good mix of hind [...]


  • like 3.75ere were moments where i thought this would be one of the best books i read this year, but i ultimately wasn t too impressed i really like the concept of the story and there were moments that were so funny and cute i also loved that it was at it s core a very indian book it was written by an indian person about indian ppl from india and it completely came across there was just an understanding of the country and the culture that i appreciated, instead of india being a stereotype or the [...]


  • This may be the first chick lit that I ve read by an Indian author.A chick lit by Google s definition is a genre of fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly and has a central female protagonist Anuja Chauhan has picked up the most popular sport in India to weave a story of luck with an unexpected premise At its core, The Zoya Factor is a love story of a next door girl and a super successful sportsman The language of the book is very Indian with lots [...]


  • Zoya Factor is the new face of contemporary Indian writing in English Its masala fiction at its best with astory and charcaters that would appeal to the mass Indian reader Anuja Chauhan builds the mini and sub plots in true adwoman style keeping the flavours intact completely local and frivolous.A great book for a fun movie.



  • It was as fun as watching a chick flick A smart chick flick, including serious social issues in an exaggerated fun manner, without pressurising the reader to take a stand, in a way that you are sure to notice it, without feeling guilty or heavy hearted.The whole book is based around the theme of Indian superstitions and our country s undying love for cricket Other issues are brought forward in the most subtle ways Like our mentality towards rape victims It is a small conversation between the pro [...]



  • Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the precise time that India won the World cup in 1983 She seems to have a rare gift she is a lucky charm to the team she hangs around with and supports The Indian cricket team and the cricket board seems to believe this too, except the captain Nikhil Khoda Zoya is an advertising executive and a period of absence is worked out such that she accompanies the Indian cricket team for the cricket world cup to Australia Zoya is soon viewed as a kind of goddess, whose bles [...]


  • I was looking for some light reading after failing to get through a description ridden Arthur Hailey medical thriller This book tells the story of Zoya, a chubby cheeked client service rep in advertising, who turns out to be a lucky charm for the Indian cricket team The plot was like a fairy tale absolutely absurd, extremely predictable and rather dragged out An ordinary girl who was incidentally born at the very moment India won the World Cup in 1983 is shooting with SRK However, her sports cov [...]


  • When I started reading this one, I really thought it was one of those books with ramblings by an ad agency s poor lamb, ranting about the crazy ad world with a get it done ASAP boss Little did I know that I would be forsaking all my other work to turn the pages of this one, so soon The reason why I loved this book is because of its simple storytelling peppered with enough humour to tickle your funny bone in the most unlikeliest situation, in the most unexpected way NZ New Zealand Poor Zoya How w [...]


  • I absolutely loved this book The best thing about it and the author is that they are unapologetically Indian I am not sure how much any non Indian would get this book, what with the cricket and the advertisements and references to totally Indian phrases and idioms translated verbatim to English, but it s a great read for us for sure I kept laughing throughout the book.The characters were unique and had a great dynamic between them I especially loved the brother sister banter and teasing between [...]


  • The Zoya Factor Ms Anuja Chauhan s first book, forges new territory Its audacious, irreverent and fun Popular fiction in India is still a myth, the genre is limited the IIT IIM type growing up Pains sagas, made popular by engineers and aspirants Women oriented literature is not even being whispered about Thus, this book comes as a pleasant and agreeable surprise Its is lie on floor legs up in air laugh uproariously funny As soon as I read it, I wanted to read it again I have talked and continue [...]


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