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Those Pricey Thakur Girls

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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
Vivek Tejuja
Feb 20, 2013 Vivek Tejuja rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Mar 07, 2013 Priya rated it really liked it
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
Shayantani Das
Jul 16, 2015 Shayantani Das rated it liked it
Well I managed to finish it, and given my history of abandoning chick lit in between, it is good going. Anuja Chauhan's Pride and Prejudice inspired rom com is refreshing and doesn’t strike one false cord, until it does and starts sliding off the rail following pretentious and unbelievable storylines. To give credit where it is due, this book did induce laugh out loud moments, and had me rooting for characters. The ending left much to be desired, but I can never forget the “PUSH KAR” and Bhudevi ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Debarati rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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.
Arushi Bhaskar
Oct 10, 2015 Arushi Bhaskar rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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
4 Hilarious Stars!!:

In this story beginning at a magnificent bungalow in the posh Hailey Road, we meet the Thakur family. Justice Laxmi Thakur and Mrs. Mamta Thakur have five, alphabetically named daughters and also believe in marrying them off with a boy of the same name.
Anjini, the eldest daughter is married to a great husband but has come to stay at her father's house for a short 'trip'. Binodini, the second daughter has two twins and a businessman husband, who's always asking for more mone
Manjul Bajaj
Apr 21, 2013 Manjul Bajaj rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2013 Sridevi rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2014 Anvita rated it really liked it
This book was a total 'Anuja-Chauhan's-standard' book. I loved it! It totally stood up to my expectations and had much more than foolish 5-sisters-going-crazy things. It had fun, seriousness, love, detest and what is more, all the characters (believe me, there were so many) were the protagonists. There was an equal emphasis on each one of them. This book deserves a full five stars but I gave it four because I just realised that I can't give five stars to EVERY book that I read. It would look a l ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Balachander rated it liked it
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
Geeti Priya
Sep 22, 2013 Geeti Priya rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2013 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2013 Namratha rated it really liked it
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
Amrita Chatwal
Apr 10, 2015 Amrita Chatwal rated it liked it
I'm usually indifferent to puppies, kittens and toddlers. So when a guest got her kitten along to my house one day, I was not too excited. I tried to pretend she wasn't there while keeping a wary eye on her. But that changed when the feline plopped down right in front of me and started playing with my flimsy door mat. I surreptitiously rolled my eyes a few times while everyone oohed and aahed at her. But then I was drawn in, reeled in like a boot caught on a hook, against my will. I forgot about ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Sukanto rated it liked it
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!
Dec 20, 2014 Adite rated it really liked it
If you grew up in pre-economic-reforms India you will relate to this book. Big time. Anuja Chauhan takes you back to those black-and-white days when Doordarshan was the only TV channel in India (she calls it DeshDarpan in her book) and the entire country tuned in to watch the DD News at 9 pm to gaze at the poised Salma Sultan who read the news with a rose tucked strategically under one ear. (The heroine of the book has been modeled on SS). You will enjoy the Delhi colloquialisms, the references ...more
Surbhi Arora
May 02, 2015 Surbhi Arora rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2013 Arti rated it it was amazing
‘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
Niranjan M
May 24, 2015 Niranjan M rated it really liked it
Those Pricey Thakur Girls, my first Anuja Chauhan book, is a refreshing read. Fast paced, quick-witted and hilarious, this book rarely gets boring over its 400 pages, though it does occasionally cross the line into filmy territory. The author handles the multiple sub plots - interestingly, there is no main plot as such - with aplomb, often putting the reader in a character's footsteps, making us think the way the character would, something which can be achieved only when the characters are parti ...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 ! :)
Dec 04, 2014 Shruti rated it really liked it
i'd be lying if i said it was 'just okay'. i enjoyed the book and it got me quite addicted. anuja chauhan has used everyday english which makes the book quite a breezy read. she's described quite a few characters - any more characters would be a mental stress to the reader. thh book has also been written from many perspectives, but i liked dylan's view / dialogues the best.

he's that guy that girls easily fall head over heels on, the quick witted slightly devilish and extremely good looking hunk

Aug 25, 2013 Nandini rated it liked it
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.
Abhilash Ruhela
Jan 07, 2014 Abhilash Ruhela rated it liked it

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,
May 29, 2015 Supritha rated it liked it
'The Pricey Thakur Girls' is a classic chick-lit novel; classic because it has not yet evolved into the genre. Chauhan is excellent at humour though, with several instances painting a pretty picture of the Delhi youth during the 1970s. Unlike other Indian chick-lit writers, Chauhan seems to be shy while addressing intimate scenes; certainly not bold like Shobaa De. India at this point needs a female author who does not 'cover up', especially since the country's social context demands such frankn ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Madhvi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Hilarious! One of the best Rom - com I have read in a while! Full of wit and fun! Never a dull moment in a whole 390 pages!
Oct 28, 2014 Neha rated it really liked it
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
Shreya Kishore
Mar 29, 2014 Shreya Kishore rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2014 Pooja Jeevagan rated it really liked it
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
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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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