The much-awaited Chetan Bhagat’s novel The girl in Room 105 has finally arrived. The book is Bhagat’s eighth fiction. Like his other books, it is also a romance thriller but with a twist. It is about unloving, not loving. While the other books of Bhagat deal with the romance of couples hailing from different culture, class, and caste backgrounds; this one span across the religious divide.
The Girl in Room 105 Review
The protagonist is Keshav Rajpurohit in the book “The Girl in Room 105” is a Hindu boy while her lover is Zara Lone is a Muslim girl from Kashmir. While in a midnight flight from Hyderabad to Delhi Bhagat meets Keshav, who was sitting next to him. Keshav tells him that he has a story, but Bhagat dismisses him saying he does not need another love story. Keshav says his story is not like other stories that Bhagat has written. The story is about ex-lovers.
Keshav turns out to be another IITian . His unusual story coupled with the common IIT, Delhi background piques Chetan Bhagat’s interest in his story. Keshav initially shows no interest but Bhagat continues to pester him for the details. Finally, Keshav relents and agrees to tell his full story.
Keshav then narrates his story of love, which he thinks is worse than caffeine, drugs, and cigarettes. A few years back he met a girl named Zara and falls in love with her. She too fell in love with him. The trouble starts on Keshav’s side. Keshav is from a Hindu conservative family. Obviously, his family opposes his affair with Zara. Their smooth sailing love turns complicated. Some further events draw the last straw in their affairs.
Zara calls it quits though Keshav never wanted to break up. This leaves Keshav devastated. He starts drinking to recover from his never-ending heartache. His drinking problem becomes chronic. In order to win her back, he starts stalking her on social media but to no avail. One day from nowhere his ex-lover invites Keshav to her room number 105 on her birthday.
What happens then?
You better read yourself and enjoy the fun.
Takeaways from The Girl in Room 105
Like any other book, “The Girl in Room 105” title also contains a number likes ‘2 States’, ‘Five Points Someone’, ‘Revolution 2020’ etc. Having a number in the title has become the trademarked style for Bhagat. The book also has a lot of comedies for laugh and witty one-liners that you will enjoy.
However, something is different in the book. The book cover is not cartoonish like Bhagat’s other books. There is a photo of a real girl in the cover. The first impression from the cover is clear. This is also a romance book but with elements of mystery and tragic. There is no happy ending in the book this time. One cue I can leave for you. One of the lovers dies.
What distinguishes ‘The Girl in Room 105″ from other Chetan Bhagat book is that the story in addition to his usual quintessential Bhagatian stuff has also a powerful socio-political message. Better I don’t spill everything lest you miss the fun and thin. It has messages for readers about Kashmiri and Terrorism. I applaud Bhagat for this. Considering his large fan base, the message will surely strike a chord with his readers.
Unlike other Chetan Bhagat’s novels, you will have an extra emotion when you turn the last page. You will have tears in your eyes.
One weakness of the book is that The Girl in Room 105 is not very different from his other books. It just adds a tragic element and makes the story rich in emotional dimension. I am sure you will complete the book in one go.
PS: The book is not released yet. The review has been done on the basis of gathering info online