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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alternate cover edition can be found here. When 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 , 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 Alternate cover edition can be found here. 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. 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 Get A Copy.
Paperback , pages. Published April 21st by HarperCollins first published More Details Original Title. Zoya Singh Solanki , Nikhil Khoda. India Bangladesh Australia. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Zoya Factor , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Zoya Factor. Mar 22, Anuradha rated it liked it Recommends it for: Indians who love cricket. Shelves: badass-women , chick-lit , drama-drama-drama , it-s-a-kind-of-magic , literary-realism , ro-ro-romance , i-think-it-s-funny , men-i-fell-in-love-with , all-da-feeeeels , contemporary-romance.
I would've given this book three and a half stars, but it isn't one that would be ubiquitously entertaining. Much like chaat in the dingy gullies of India, this book was tailor-made for Indians - others may like parts of it, but unfortunately, the only people who can truly appreciate this book are Indians.
Which is kind of sad because it's not bad at all. Cricket is a big deal in India. Cricket is India's biggest religion, and this is very important to know.
He starts off his lecture with a photo of Sachin Tendulkar, because as an atheist, he only believes in the god of cricket. I've had a love-hate relationship with cricket for over 15 years. My own personal love affair with cricket started at the age of 6. I watched bits and pieces of various matches till The Natwest Final against England, perhaps one of the greatest matches India has ever played, was the first full match I ever saw.
I watched it with my whole extended family, and the match went on till quite late at night. We kids were just happy that we got to stay up so late, but I will never forget the celebrations that transpired in my uncle's house, where at least thirty of us were huddled in front of a small television, watching an absolutely riveting match.
The alcohol came out and it was honestly one of the happiest days of my life. Little less than a year later, during the World Cup, my grandfather actually taught me to play cricket.
India used to play Pakistan on the giant BPL television set at home, and my brother and I would play our grandfather.
We followed the '03 World Cup obsessively, as did literally everyone I knew. We discussed statistics and other things that didn't really make sense to us, but that is cricket fever in India. For the next nine or so years, till the World Cup ended, I was obsessed with cricket.
I knew everything. My life was one big cricket reference; I had this tendency to speak really fast, so I was called Ricky Ponting by my family. This was, in my opinion, India's best time in cricket. We had the greatest cricket team in the history of great cricket teams, and they were absolutely fantastic.
Something happened to me after the World Cup. I continued to watch cricket after that, but somehow I began hating it.
I almost completely stopped watching in , but started zealously watching again with the ICC T World Cup. Cricket is a huge deal for me as well. Even during my I-hate-cricket phase, I am ashamed to admit that I have looked down upon people for not understanding cricket. It probably makes no sense to most people, but I was brought up on cricket. I've seen a lot of it. Some of the cricket greats were some of my first crushes. And there's a solidarity that we develop when we watch, or even talk about cricket.
If you seriously want to stop a fight between two Indians, just show them cricket, and they'll become the best of pals. It's addictive, the way we see this sport. I agree that it can turn toxic, but cricket has been a major part of every Indian's life for a very long time. We know everything about cricket, and if any Indian tells you they haven't played gully cricket, they're lying.
My very prestigious and government-funded University gave the day off for a very crucial India-Pakistan match during the World Cup. The match happened on March 19th, okay, I even remember the date. I mean, I recently spent last Sunday moping around because I'd been out with my friends and missed a great game by Dinesh Karthik. Cricket is ingrained in our souls. I can't really explain it, but this is a huge deal in India. I mean, I only know how my parents would've reacted in the same situation.
Zoya is an advertising executive who has to get shots of the Indian Cricket team for a soda shoot. When she is unable to do so, for whatever reason, she jokingly comments about how her auspicious moment of birth could prove lucky for the otherwise badly faring Indian team.
Zoya is persuaded to stay back, and well, as luck would have it, they win their next match. This annoys Indian cricket captain Nikhil Khoda, who believes in hard-work and strategy, and not in luck. However, to pacify the rest of the team and the Cricket Board and India's one billion, Zoya agrees to accompany the team for the course of the '11 World Cup. She is considered India's good luck charm, touted a goddess, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the eponymous Zoya Factor.
As it should be, love blooms between the "Boost-brown" eyed Khoda and the big-haired Zoya. There's a few laughs, a few tears, some fights, some steamy sessions, and of course, a happy ending. It's definitely not the best book I've read.
But I've never read anything more Indian. There was the nostalgia of Boost and aloo tikki and desi Pizza and gully cricket. There is absolutely no way I could've not liked this book after that. I'm a little disappointed that this book doesn't cater to non-Indians, because somehow, I haven't actually seen a book that depicts the good and bad of India as well as this in years.
‘The Zoya Factor’ author Anuja Chauhan says that writing novels gives her a sense of power
QOTD: Do you love cricket? Do you believe in lucky charm? Here comes a book which combined two awesome things Zoya Solanki is a mid level executive in an ad firm.
Anuja Chauhan on the upcoming film based on her novel, The Zoya Factor
The simile sounds clumsy when one attempts to translate it into English — spread like runny yogurt — but the year-old writer and former adwoman knows exactly what to say for you to get the picture. They came to me early last year after they had written all of it. For the past hour, Chauhan has gamely answered the same questions inside the Jubilee Room of the Sun-n-Sand hotel in Juhu. The Zoya Factor is a story about Zoya Singh Solanki, an executive in an advertising agency, who was born at the same moment that India won the cricket world cup in As well as the advertising world, with all the logos and brands. It has stayed authentic to the book. Click here to join our channel indianexpress and stay updated with the latest headlines.