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In a sprawling bungalow on New Delhi's posh Hailey Road, Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta spend their days watching anxiously over their five beautiful (but troublesome) alphabetically named daughters. Anjini, married but an incorrigible flirt; Binodini, very worried about her children's hissa in the family property; Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 2013 by Harper Collins Publishers India (first published January 1st 2013)
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So I have come across a lot of book reviewers (even professional ones) describing this as a modern Indian retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Now after blazing through a good many number of pages, I realize how blasphemous and inappropriate this comparison is.

The purported Indian Mr Darcy, Dylan Singh Shekhawat, is an investigative editor who has the gall to refer to a news reader of the 80s as a 'maal' (derogatory hindi word used to describe sexually attractive women in everyday parlance) in an o...more
Vivek Tejuja
I do not read popular fiction or any book that is categorized as chick-lit. I am wary of them, because there are dime a dozen of them, sprouting like crazy in the country. I try not to read them or take any requests for reviewing them. However, this time round I decided to read something that was written in a lighter vein and picked up, “Those Thakur Girls” by Anuja Chauhan and I can only say that I have never laughed this hard while reading a book. This book came as a much needed break from the...more
Jul 21, 2013 Geetanjali rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of other Anuja Chauhan books
So last night, I finished reading Anuja Chauhan’s latest book — Those Pricey Thakur Girls.

It was infinitely better than Battle For Bittora, but couldn’t recreate that amazing post The Zoya Factorwarm feeling. Chauhan once again manages to capture the nuances of everyday ‘colourful’ people very insightfully — the Parsi receptionist, the fame-hungry eye-witness, the ‘stud’ naval officer. But sometimes it just felt like Chauhan was really stuffing the book like a turkey — you barely have a second...more
Oh, how I wish Anuja Chauhan had written books on all the Thakur girls. I would have bought them all and read them back to back. This book is fun, witty and cheeky but what made me love it the most was the irreverant reminder of the 80s and all the crispy memories of things, people and places associated with it. DD or Desh Darpan as Anuja Chauhan calls it is our good old Door Darshan. In its 80s avatar that was pretty much the only thing the TV could show you. Buniyaad, Ramayan, DD News are remi...more
Anuja Chauhan has a gift for creating hot leading men in her books! This was an easy breezy read. It had some factual errors about life in the late 80s, but those can be ignored, I guess. Read if you enjoy crazy families, hot dudes and laugh out loud funny incidents.
Mar 07, 2013 Priya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Light reading
I usually don't read rom-coms. Indian authors, even less. But this one hit the spot.
The characters come in various shades of grey, each one quirkier than the other. The lead characters have a depth that I always assumed such books would lack. There were countless moments when i actually burst out laughing.
From the snobbish Modernites to incorrigible Columbans; from the interesting battle of wits to weak-in-the-knees, butterflies in the stomach mushy moments; from the tongue-in-cheek humor to di...more
Arushi Bhaskar
Oh, why can't all chick-lit be like this?

Anuja Chauhan writes a breathtakingly fresh and uproariously funny novel, full of delightful and tender moments of romance between Debjani, the champion-of-losers protagonist and Dylan, the cynical, hot and intelligent love interest.

The novel reminds one of Pride and Prejudice at times, especially the fact that there were 5 Thakur girls, and also that Dylan is so much like Mr. Darcy. (Fangirl swoon). But, after reading one too many vapid modern Indian nov...more
Manjul Bajaj
3.75 stars

Anuja Chauhan delivers another winner with this Humlog meets Hollywood style chick flick set in the salubrious environs of New Delhi’s Hailey Road in the eighties. The back blurb carefully calls it a ‘romcom’ distancing it from the slightly pejorative ‘chicklit’ descriptor. It’s a distinction that matters – it allows for a heroine who is sweet and good natured and called Dabbu and who mercifully doesn’t drip attitude. And more importantly it allows her to come accessorized with sundry...more
Set in the eighties, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is the tale of the five beautiful (albeit chaotic) daughters of retd. Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur as they flit in and out of their bungalow on Delhi’s prestigious Hailey Road. More precisely, the story revolves around the fourth daughter Debjani (Dabbu): the lover of losers, the messiah of stray dogs and the bearer of an Aruna Iraniesque mole on her chinny-chin chin.

Dabbu has just landed the much coveted job of newsreader at Desh Darpan (DD), the...more
By Anuja Chauhan, Grade A

I love Anuja Chauhan. I adore her characters, admire her wit and try to imitate the ease in her writing. No Indian writer in the genre can come beat her in this game, not even the famed Advaita Kala. She is the Helen Fielding of the East, the Carrie Bradshaw of India. And while both Zoya Factor and Battle for Bittora had their share of flaws, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is perfect, right from the blurb where our discipline loving Bau ji names his five daughters alphabetica...more
Geeti Priya
Loved loved loved the book and blame it completely for doing absolutely nothing (laundry, cleaning cooking, unpacking - all much needed) yesterday. Picked it up in Delhi airport just because the title reminded me of how we used to talk. Bengali market and vicinity, kirana shop, Mohan Singh place tailor who stitched wrangler and levis and Doordarshan(newsreader with white rose behind her ear and I think there was one with a mole on her chin, Aap aur Hum and the scary logo and music) and really I...more
Surbhi Arora
Apr 03, 2013 Surbhi Arora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Light reading

Buying this book was an extraordinary affair. This book being my first read after a 4 month exile without novels. Thanks to my class 12 boards.. Anuja Chauhan is one of my favorites writer. What with the fabulously awesome Zoya Factor and BFB. So naturally, the expectations from this particular novel were very high. But, unfortunately, It didnt really make my "Toes Curl". There were some incidents at which I would go "Awww" or would laugh hysterically. But the characters other than...more
Set in the Eighties , this book brought about a lot of memories . Our first TV , the chitrahar days and ofcourse the evening news when the whole family would be huddled in front of the TV .

Wickedly funny , with a whole lot of Delhiisms thrown in , this book takes a look at the Indian family scene with a lot of affection and good humor .

There's the philandering chacha , the victimized chachi , the beti who slaps a case against her own father , the stepson who cannot help but have a crush on his...more
After reading Difficult Daughters, I picked this one up :) What a sea change! Sassy and fun. I read it in one go and it wasn't because the book itself was well-written or great, but quite liked the irreverent tone of the author. Almost like saying, eff you, intellectuals, I will write a fun book with intelligent people. Like normal people. Not prodigies or duds, but regular people :)

Filmy, yes, but quite the quick read and hilarious in parts.
It's been a while since I've laughed so much while reading a book. Though the intermixing of languages was a tad jarring, I'll say what started out as a filler read for me turned out to be more promising indeed!
Abhilash Ruhela

I don't know why but 2014 does not seem to be exciting the way the first week has been for me- slow and boring. I am such a reading freak and I ended up completing a novel in a week. Ashamed. There are some books in which I get stuck. E.g. I read Meluha in 1.5 days, Nagas in another 1.5 days but as soon as I picked up Vayuputras on the 4th consecutive day of reading this trilogy, I got stuck to it for another 2 weeks. That was the first depressing moment for me. And this has been another. Well,...more
When does repetitive recollections in the form of people, places, popular tv, food etc from an earlier era cease to be merely an attempt to lend colour to the setting or necessary and become, instead, cynical attempts to trigger fond nostalgia based feelings ? I do not know. Anuja peppers her story with constant reminders of the 80s - from Nirulas to postman oil to DD and its theme music to ambassador cars, friendly Sardar shopkeepers and many many more. After yet another unnecessary mention of...more
Anuja Chauhan is every thing a chic-lit is known for - vivaciousness, tongue in cheek humour, smart Alec characters, girlie heart aches and makes, all the swooning, flirting, match making, etc, etc you get the gist. You will find stark similarities to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice -
1) five daughters to be married
2) Ms Elizabeth, the second prettiest daughter who doesn't want to settle for the obvious
3) Mr Darcy kind of macho yet sensitive hero, who falls head over heels in love
4) string o...more
Shreya Kishore
Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Anuja Chauhan fan. I fell in love with THE ZOYA FACTOR and fell deeper with Battle For Bittora. When I first saw the blurb, I was like "OMG! It sounds like an Indian Pride and Prejudice". There is nothing wrong with that, I mean I have read retellings of Jane Austen's classics and some are fairly good. However the picture of the cat and all that talk about journalists and pets, I seriously thought that this would be a teen "lurve" story with lots of fluff...more
Pooja Jeevagan
This one is different...not that the story line is different; like a true Indian author backed novel it definitely is a love story...and even at the love story part, it's not a new's not the author's personal love/tragedy story like what we Indians generally do write....this one is, what I can probably say the best spin-off 'Pride & Prejudice' (and how I wished Gurinder Chadda had waited for this novel to be out before gifting us her almost disaster of a movie)...this is as good,...more
‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ is the latest book by Anuja Chauhan. She was speaking about it on the Radio One and I was checking out her profile on my phone. I thought I’ll order her books, but then there were already six books that were lined up for me to read, I thought, I’ll read it once I finish with them. Then came the Flipkart 50% sale, I bought it and now, those six books wait while I read it, just like the trains, “last in, first out”. I must thank my friend Shweta for it.

The story is abou...more
Ambika Gautam
“Bhai, yeh Meenakshi Seshadri cheating karti hai. Haan, toh this Meenakshi, she looks like she is wearing an Amar Chitra Katha outfit-you know, only a white cloth floating on her upper body- but agar close-by se dekho toh she is wearing a full-sleeved, neck-to-waist skin-colored blouse! And I’m rewinding and rewinding and looking and looking and wondering ki, bhai where is her toondi? Batao!”

Laughter heals! In this crazy, hurried, distanced world, it definitely does. I’m so glad that I decided t...more
Rishi Prakash
Set in pre-liberalisation New Delhi, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is a simple love story with some complications and many eccentric characters. It takes us back to the 80's when small things were pretty and a Maruti was THE Maruti. The entire story is built with those detail with references to Campa Cola drinks, treks to Mohan Singh Place to get jeans stitched from one original Levis which is one of the funniest part of the story, Maruti 800 cars, Halo Shampoo, Giggles Gift Shop, Apple Macintosh an...more
Emiko Salim
Jan 23, 2014 Emiko Salim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Hum Saath Saath Hain :P
Too many characters.
The main romance get sidetracked but some of the family antics made up for it.
Scenes transition could be better. It's somewhat err.. jumpy?
Sometimes I feel like the author tried to throw in every fancy words that she knows in one sentence.
Lengthy, pointless sentences aren't actually on the top of my list.

Overall, an enjoyable read that takes you back to the 80s (Mind you, I was born in the 80s. So, there's that.)
Meghant Parmar
An old setup, a perfect environment with perfect characters and a touch of everything from class to arrogance to attitude to dumbness makes the novel a perfect recipe for the readers.

It's not a quick read by any means. it takes time to settle down with the story. It moves slowly. The narration is fluid.

The story wavers a lot and the first part is not in sync with the entire plot. It's overstretched.

The love story is eclipsed by Anti-Sikh plot in the book and makes it loose it's charm.

A good...more
This was recommended by friends who know my taste for Austen and Heyer, and Anuja Chauhan is a perfect desi version of these authors. Her keen observations on people and life in Delhi of the 80s rang very true to life, and brought back so many memories!
School life in upscale schools, the concerns of parents of daughters, even upper-middle class parents like the Thakurs, zany family drama, Delhi life in the 80s, the glamor of being a newsreader in Doordarshan, stray animals, Maggi as a snack, ch...more
Amit Jain
A retired fellow supported by a humble and pious wife will be at the helm of a family, male protégés generally will be brilliant and smart with a golden heart, the female counterparts will mostly be beautiful and coy but always dreaming of a prince on dark horse to come and woo them, one or two comical characters will be there to keep everyone in good mood, every elder and junior will be vying to be the matchmaker for the eligible ones, love will finally bloom under the watchful eyes of the elde...more
Bhargavi Balachandran
What a bloody brilliant book! A witty and funny novel that transported me to the glorious eighties :) Dylan , you are definitely the Indian version of Mr Darcy. Debjani , you reminded me of Jo from The Little women. Every single character is relateable and quirky and loony (in a nice way, though). Chachiji , you rocked with your ramblings of Pushkarni and Hot-Dulari. The Push-kar-ni joke itself was just fab! I am waiting to devour The Zoya factor next. What a lovely start to the year ! :)
Rating: 3.5/5 (how I wish Goodreads allowed half-stars!)

Firstly, I have to state that rom-com is not my favourite genre when it comes to books, and so it is quite sceptically that I pick up a book like this to read. But I must say, after three rather gloomy reads, this came as a breath of fresh air. This is my first time reading Anuja Chauhan and certainly not going to be the last.

Set in the late 80s New Delhi, it is the story of 23 year old Debjani, fourth of the five beautiful daughters of re...more
Shubhi Agarwal
Having read 'The Zoya Factor' by the same author, there are certain similarities in the way Anuja Chauhan's stories go around. First there is a highly desirable Sidney Sheldon-esque yet Indianized and more believable hero. So while there was Nikhil Khoda - the Indian cricket team captain in Zoya Factor, it's Dylan Singh Shekhawat- the journalist in this one. These guys are so rustic, in your face blunt, yet so appealing that you wish you met one of those in real life ;-)
Then there's this girl wh...more
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Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author and advertiser. She worked in the advertising agency, JWT India, for over 17 years. She has written 3 novels, The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (October 2010) and Those Pricey Thakur Girls (January 2013). All three books are romances.
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