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The House That BJ Built – Cover Selection

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The next book to create a buzz in the book reading community of India is the much awaited sequel to  Anuja Chauhan’s Those Pricey Thakur Girls, and it definitely deserves all that hype.

Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan – Book Review

I just loved ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ (TPTG) and has been waiting for the sequel ever since I finished reading it. Last week I received a mail from Westland Publishers saying that they want us to help them choose the book cover for the sequel titled ‘The House That BJ Built’.

They gave two options to choose and I liked the second cover (B) and so does most of the people who voted. I can see more than 600 likes for the second cover and around 200 likes for the first cover (A) on Facebook. So it is going to be cover B. Yay!

The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan Cover Selection A option The-House-That-BJ-Built-Anuja-Chauhan-Cover-Selection-B

So what do you guys think? Which cover did you like better?

I know this cover choosing is another promotional thing by the Westland Publishers, but I liked this simple promotional method which got everyone involved without much expense.

Gone are the days when publishers used to just send ARCs to book reviewers and wait for them to publish reviews in blogs/newspapers to get some publicity. Now they need to come up with new methods to reach more readers and social media allows them to do so efficiently.

Battle For Bittora by Anuja Chauhan

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battle for bittora by anuja chauhan

Twenty-five-year-old Jinni lives in Mumbai, works in a hip animation studio and is perfectly happy with her carefree and independent existence. Until her bossy grandmother shows up and announces that it is Jinni’s ‘duty’ to drop everything and come and contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from their sleepy hometown, Bittora.Of course Jinni swears she won’t. But she soon ends up swathed in cotton saris and frumpy blouses, battling prickly heat, corruption and accusations of nymphomania as candidate Sarojini Pande, a daughter of the illustrious Pande dynasty of Pavit Pradesh. And if life isn’t fun enough already, her main opposition turns out to be Bittora ex-royal,Zain Altaf Khan – an irritatingly idealistic though undeniably lustworthy individual with whom Jinni shares a complicated history…

~ Synopsis from Goodreads

This was my second book by Anuja Chauhan after ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ and I enjoyed it very much just like the other one.

When you have read more than one book by an author, it is natural to compare the books. I enjoyed Those Pricey Thakur Girls much more than this one.

I enjoyed reading every bit of this book including the antics of the famous Pushpa Pandey who had her own reasons for doing everything. It is rare that you get to read the mind of a political figure :P and that way Pushpaji is a typical politician.

The only problem I had with this book was the character of Jinni. Jinni appeared to be a mature person in the beginning of the book, but all her maturity is lost entirely when she is around Zain. Her character was too weak to suit a modern girl who was living in Mumbai. I felt the romance was a bit too cheesy for my taste ;)

I would suggest this book to everyone who wants a fun read written by an Indian author.

Rating: 4/5
Source: Justbooks Library
Year of Release: 2009

Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

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This book bowled me over from the very first page and I was able to persuade my husband to read it by just reminding him that I was literally LOL-ing in the middle of the night…Haaah!!!

The first thing that hit you when you start reading this one is nostalgia…about your childhood when you used to spend hours infront of the Doordarshan, watch the evening news, watch the comedy serials, Surabhi etc. This book takes you back to that era and we start feeling funny about how our lives have changed for better or worse…

Those Pricey Thakur Girls is an unusual love story between Debjani Thakur and Dylan Singh…This is not a ‘bells will ring when you meet your true love’ kind of story. Probably the effects are almost opposite in their case (ok…some bollywood theme).

Anuja Chauhan has included just everything to make a funny read. She is not bothered about what is totally appropriate for that 1980-1990s era, but she just want to ensure that the readers do enjoy every bit of it.I should just conclude that this is a book by an Indian author that I enjoyed thoroughly for its humor content.

I believe there is a sequel of the book coming up soon. Am I right? I hope so…Because Those Pricey Girls has mostly dwelled on Debjani Thakur and a little bit here and there about the other three girls. There is a lot of scope to write about the other sisters too.

You should just go, grab a copy and read it…Don’t forget to let me know how you felt about it.

 Other books by Anuja Chauhan:

 

Rating: 4.5/5
Publisher: Michael Joseph
First Release: Jan 2012
Source: Library