Chetan Bhagat released his latest book One Indian Girl on 1st October , having done a lot of homework among women to find out “their (women's) deepest thoughts, inside problems, confusions, contradictions in life”.
I get to tell the story, I want to tell. I can’t be told what story to write, what characters to beChetan Bhagat
He strongly believes that a writer should have the freedom to decide on his writing style rather than bending his ways to please the critics.
In an interview with IndianExpress , Chetan Bhagat talks about his journey that he has never attempted ever in 12 years since his first book, Five Point Someone, being in the shoes of a woman. He has taken up a bold move to write a story from a woman’s perspective.
Agreeing that the step taken was completely different from his usual method, he has glued with the usual Chetan story setting.
Radhika is an investment banker, similar to what I did. She lives in New York, Bangkok, places where I have livedChetan Bhagat
The main challenge he faced during the making of the novel was identifying what went through the lives of a middle-class Indian woman.
He believes his protagonist, Radhika Mehta is “practical feminist and not a feminist Nazi”.
“One Indian Girl is about an Indian girl who is intelligent and successful, because of which she finds it difficult to get love” - Chetan Bhagat
On questioning about his view about feminism he says, “Feminism to me is a woman getting an equal right to pursue her happiness. That depends on context, region, what average Indian women want.”
People who know me well have said, If you were a girl, this would be youChetan Bhagat critically analysing the book
For some readers the book will be nothing more than a yawnfest, a very normal, daily story with nothing unconventional to define feminism in it