I can't believe this is the first time I am writing a review of a book written by an Indian Author! Having read many Indian authors' published works, I can't help but feel that many young writers these days are bringing love stories that are so cliche and can't really do justice to English literary readings. Yet, they still bring some credibility to our minds as an Indian romance follower.
Many will say that this book is no different when it comes to "girl-next-door" love story, but I will have to disagree on account of the tale that Anuja Chauhan has put forth. It is an absolute delight to read this book. Witty and full of entertainment, it gives you a refreshing cross-breed of cricket and Bollywood, that we as Indians are absolutely fond of.
This story is of a girl named Zoya Solanki, who was born at the very moment that India won the 1983 World Cup. When the Indian cricket team learns about it, she ends up becoming the lucky charm for the Men in Blue and is forced to have breakfast with the team before every match followed by a victory. Soon the cricket-crazy nation declares her as a goddess, all to the annoyance of the Indian Skipper, Nikhil Khoda, who is a great disbeliever of luck, which creates a love-hate relation between him and Zoya.
The Zoya Factor is Anuja Chauhan's debut novel which was published in 2006. It was well-received and was ranked among the Top-5 of many newspapers in India.
I would definitely recommend this praise-worthy book to anyone who likes a jaunty and humorous story that is surely going to tickle your funny-bone.