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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 soo...more
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Published (first published February 4th 2009)
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I want my very own Zain Altaf Khan. Are you listening, god?
Smita Beohar
Battle for Bittora, as the name & the cover suggest is a romantic cum political battle. Jinni, a 25 year old belongs to a political lineage but still has carved a career in Animation. Leading a peaceful & normal life in Mumbai, her life goes topsy-turvy when her stubborn yet adorable grandmother shows up at her door and drags her to Bittora all because she feels that it is Jinni’s duty to take up politics.

Jinni, short for Sarojini , our protagonist hates her name, mane & mouth but it...more
Anuja Chauhan follows the success of The Zoya Factor with yet another desi firecracker.


Jinni Pandey is a happy-go-lucky animator drawing award-winning ‘kitaanus’ (germs/bacteria) for Harpic and other noteworthy brands. She’s young, spunky and has a carelessly-on-purpose dishevelled half-rosebud haircut that she's mighty proud of.
But Jinni is also, infact Sarojini Pande, granddaughter of the fearsome political matriarch Pushpa Pande....more
Witty, quirky, fresh and spicy – it has all the drama of a Bollywood movie, romance of a chick flick, humorous satire of a north Indian political setting, glamor of advertising world form where the author comes from. So it starts off with the lame subject of a single girl in a big city working in ad firm trying to be chick and suave and looking for the perfect man. But this usual story takes a turn when her grandmother turns up and pulls her into the political furore of a typical uncouth North I...more
When a political legacy is pitted against a third generation royal in the middle of nation’s most watched election campaign, you will get a book with a war cry in it’s name and a cover with an iron heart crossed with political party flags. That’s the stuff which makes me want to read Anuja Chauhan’s books. I waited a real long time to read Battle for Bittora and who am I kidding, I LOVED it!

I recently read an web article where the writer made a great case and pleaded with Chauhan’s editors to no...more
Saibal Bose
Akin to her first novel another pacy, fun-filled and hilarious offering. GenY lingo has been used profusely.Young readers would connect well with the literary style of the book and would find it un-putdownable. Too much over the top sexual connotations seemed forceful at various points and slackened the tempo. Some funny premises/situations were played out too many times, more than that was necessary. A predictable melodramatic ending left a lot to be desired. Overall I liked the first one bette...more
When I read the book “Those Pricey Thakur Girls”, I became the fan of Anuja Chauhan. In present times, she is one author who has excelled the art of wittiness and humor. She has the capability to tell you the most serious matter in funny ways. Though she talks about poverty, honor killing, dirty politics, bribery, caste system and hunger in villages of India but not even for a second you get the feeling that this is a very serious book. If some of you have watched the movie “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”...more
Hilarious peek into The Great Indian Election Tamasha and an awesome read when you're in the mood for some laughs. Slightly cheesy in parts but overall a much better romantic comedy than The Zoya Factor. Anuja Chauhan is my pick from the whole Indian Chick Lit (gross term btw) category because she doesn't seem to be writing just for the ladies.
Ideal read for an elections summer, while you roll about in laughter and chuckle and grin at the very familiar political animals roaming these pages. There is the dynastic Top Brass and Family, the renegade cousin now with the right-wing Marigold party spewing hate speeches, the trusted Anthony Suleiman and many more. Bizarre and yet so familiar (what does it say about the Indian political schenario ;)), the book combines all the masala ingredients that go into this very Indian juggernaut called...more
Shivangi Yadav
It's part hilarious and part cheesy spoof on the Indian political scene. The beauty of Chauhan's writing is that she makes her characters entirely believeable, especially the motley crew that she assembles around her main characters.
Reading it against the backdrop of run up to 2014 general elections, it becomes more relevant. I really loved the part where the maverick superstar Salmon Khan goes around campaigning for anyone and everyone urging the people to vote for the right guy for them. Almo...more
Prity Malhotra
After going through some recent over-rated books which got about 4+ ratings on Goodreads...I had to restore my diminishing love for novels so I trusted Anuja with this job. And as usual she dazzled me with HUmor, Great Characters, Engaging plot as well as political masala added to it. The Story is about Zain & Sarojini, two childhood friends/lovers who get a ticket to stand for Lok Sabha elections against each other. The Author makes this book a fun read by the funny yet sharp lingo used..Th...more
Shweta Ramdas
So what does it take to become an MP in the world's largest democracy? 'Oxygen' (aka wads of money), an (un)timely death, and enough hypocrisy to feed the constituency of Bittora.

Quick read. If you are an Anuja Chauhan fan, you'll like this book. Great characters that grow on you, a social canvas that's sketched out with both hilarity and a keen accuracy, and the circus that is the Indian election. You know where the story is headed 5 pages into the book, but you are rewarded with regular bursts...more
LOLZ. Frothy, silly, hilarious, and totally absorbing. A perfectly Bollywood book for a perfectly Bollywood state of mind.
Pooja Jeevagan
To be honest, its fatter and better than most Indian Author backed novel...then to be more honest, you kind of expect lot from Anuja Chauhan specially if you read her work backward (I started with Thakur Gals, then came this and finally would be Zoya Factor), and to add some more truth, Anuja is the only author I forgive using Hindi/ Hinglish in her work because it seems so intertwined with the story and you don't really are able to object it...

Phew, I did ignore (in fact even appreciated) the H...more
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Battle for Bittora is very more-ish -- I barely put it down since I took it out of the mailbox yesterday afternoon. It also made me laugh out loud a lot. I'm not sure I've ever read a book about politics before that was so much fun.

I love stories that go into gory details about some kind of work or play that the author is clearly familiar with. Here it's political campaigning (and, in the beginning, a little bit of commercial animation). I found that my limited knowledge of Indian political hist...more
By Anuja Chauhan. Grade: B+
I first encountered Anuja Chauhan when I picked up The Zoya Factor in my school library a few days ago. I finished it one day and immediately went out to buy Battle For Bittora. That was money well-spent.
The plot is simple and involves two young childhood friends, who always had feelings for each other but end up standing against each other as opponents from rival political parties in the Bittoragarh election. Sarojini Pande works for an animation studio designing the...more
 ♬ ☮ Priya ♀ ♏ {Smoke and Starlight} ☠ ☯
Battle For Bittora is a beautifully written novel cleverly infused with witty humor and sexy romance. I mean, sarcasm, humor and a sexy guy in the midst of a dusty village elections. I worship you, Anuja Chauhan. And man, I couldn't have love Jinni more than in the moment in which of all things she could worry about during elections, she was worried about the slim fit jeans that made her ass look good. You're my idol! And, Zain, oh Zain, you are gonna haunt my dreams for many nights. I was in a...more
Faraaz Kazi
Another romantic political manifesto this year after Tuhin Sinha’s third novel. I attended the launch of this book in Mumbai with Mr. Saif Ali Khan cutting the ribbon and the author reading some extremely delightful passages in her accented voice while Harper Collin’s extremely talented ed, Neelini Sarkar gave her company. Anuja Chauhan’s first book ‘The Zoya Factor’ was one of the best chick-lit fiction you would ever read. There was a huge buzz surrounding Chauhan’s current novel, esp. after h...more
Sanjeev Kotnala
I have worked with Anuja Chouhan for a short while at HTA in early 90’s. As her fresh novel ‘Thoose pricey thakur girls’ was released I picked up her second novel ‘Battle for Bittora’ even though I was not terribly impressed by her earlier work ;Zoya factor’.

This time I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this fictionalised story of contest for Lok sabha seat from Bittora.

Interesting plot and something definitely different there. Jinni who works in an animation studio is transplanted by her ageing...more
Battle For Bittora is another fun read by Anuja Chauhan. The story traces the journey of 25 year old 'kitaanu' animator Jinni aka Sarojini Pande. From her peaceful office existence Jinni is transported to the dusty mofussil town of Bittora by her very bossy ex MP grandmother, to contest elections. What's worse her main opponent is the handsome ex-royal Zain Altaf Khan.. a childhood buddy/crush/sweetheart. The stage is set for some amazing electoral action with a bit of romance thrown in.

Anuja Ch...more
Shashank Sinha
Nice book .... Anuja Chauhan uses the backdrop of a typical Indian election for her novel. If Alex Haley had written a book named "Election", it may have been like this one :-)

The protagonists of her book are childhood sweethearts and political foes, contesting elections to become the MP from Bittora. The story goes along at a nice pace, as the reader is driven along the constant twists and turns of a love story, and an election campaign, nicely intertwined.

At times, love overcomes politics, a...more

This is one of those quintessential chick flicks. But it's bursting at the seams with wicked humor and a peculiar charm that makes you hang onto it till the last page. This is the first Anuja Chauhan book I've read and though I characterized it as a 'Indian Sophie Kinsella', I have to admit that Chauhan has done an excellent job. I loved this more than I have ever loved any Kinsella or chick lit book. And I especially loved Jinni and Zain.

It's nothing like you expected, its nothing you'll probab...more
i think with every book i fall more in love with anuja chauhan's writing. this book was in short one the best reads of my life. i was immensely impressed by jinni and fell in love with zain. the highlight was obviously amma who actually became the soul of the book. her good/evil( whateevr you call them) political tricks had me laughing for hours and her english made mer laugh soooo hard!!! i loved the book. the house that bj built will be the most anticipated book for me this year.
Couldn't put this one down. Thanks for making my weekend Ms. Anuja Chauhan. And for writing frankly about all the dirty politicking that goes on in India yet retaining a sense of optimism through it all. Your unrelenting penchant for the absurd; your morally questionable, hilariously hormonal heroine (and her ruthlessly practical, believably prejudiced, utterly fascinating grandmother); your sometimes endearing, sometimes unfathomable hero; your ensemble of crazy supporting characters who could...more
Sanskriti Bist
Nov 24, 2010 Sanskriti Bist rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sanskriti by: my friend- a huge huge fan of Anuja Chauhan
Shelves: re-read
Battle for Bittora is an amazing read written by one of which I consider the best Indian authors of modern times. I just love the way Anuja Chauhan writes with her witty sense of humor and the use of Hinglish its a typical everday Indian story. Baiscally, its a love story about two people who are running each for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the town of Bittora. Jinni's (the protagonists) life changes as soon as her Amma (grandmother and the ex-leader of the Pragati Party) comes and tells...more
I Loved this book. It was quite different from all the books that I have read so far, but Anuja Chauhan has a very distinct writing style. She managed to make Indian Politics sound so intriguing and interesting and so humorous with wit and emotion that I was completely enamored by this book. I loved the chemistry and history that the hero/heroine shared but I just have one criticism : I WANTED MORE H/h SCENES! There were barely any scenes with them but overall a great read!! HUMOROUS...I LAUGHED...more
Pavithra Luves
DECIDED!!!! Going to name my puppy "Gaiman Tagore Rumi". (he is awesum!!!)
N @rubal ---- ZAIN ALTAF KHAN - " lean, taut, chiselled and honey gold " <3 <3 (who wouldn't want him.....)

Bidushi Das
Three words: Zain Altaf Khan! Delicious! My two favourite topics coming together- Elections and Romance. In a chick-lit. Recipe for success!
Even if you take politics seriously and roll your eyes on the characters in this book, you would find yourself taking it less seriously and losing yourself in the madness of the plot. Well written and funny!
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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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