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Battle For Bittora

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,486 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
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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Indrani Sen
Jun 12, 2016 Indrani Sen rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
This is the second book I read by Anuja Chauhan. I zoomed through the book in about half a day. The writing is nice and smooth. The wit is wicked. The desi English very very funny. For someone not particularly interested in politics, I found the workings of an election very funny and to be frank quite informative. What I found slightly weak is the romance. The male lead is all good looking and charismatic and I kept visualizing the person who was rumored to play this in the movie. Still I found ...more
Smita Beohar
Mar 16, 2011 Smita Beohar rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lits
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
Oct 29, 2014 Anvita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't say this book was great. I won't say this book was awesome. I won't say this book got me totally hooked. I won't say that this book was perfect. And... I won't say that I love Anuja Chauhan now (... Ok, may be I will end up saying all this so... Scratch that.)

Reason I won't say it is that these are all just platitudes, now bereaved of all conviction because of repeated use.

The main events are:

-->The story is narrated by a 25 year old girl (I don't think you can categorise a 25-year-ol
Sara Naveed
Nov 06, 2014 Sara Naveed rated it it was ok
I DID NOT enjoy reading this book at all. I had to run through the pages quickly because I wanted to finish it as soon as possible.
The reason to pick this book for reading was the fact that apparently Fawad Khan (my most favorite Pakistani hero) is going to play the much hyped Zain Altaaf Khan in the Bollywood adaption of this book alongside Sonam Kapoor who will play the role of Sarojini Pande aka Jinni. I just wish Fawad had not agreed to do this book because it is again centered around the wo
Simran Khurana
Jul 29, 2015 Simran Khurana rated it liked it
It took me a long time to warm up to this book. Although I had read one of Chauhan's novels earlier, which prompted me to pick up this book in the first place, I was not impressed with the pace of this book. There is too much back story that drones on and on. And while Anuja Chauhan is brilliant in her caricature of her characters, most of whom have been created from real life famous personalities, the story loses steam with the mundane details of the lead character's life. The romantic scenes a ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Neha rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2012 Namratha rated it really liked it
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
Andaleeb Wajid
May 16, 2011 Andaleeb Wajid rated it really liked it
This book was fun and gripping and had many laugh out loud moments. Totally loved it, although it would seem that because of some of the localese, a few people might not get some of the wicked jokes, unfortunately. I did though, and this book has become a top favourite in contemporary Indian writing for me.
Pooja Jeevagan
Apr 12, 2014 Pooja Jeevagan rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2015 Harshita rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, indian-lit
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Jul 20, 2014 Priti rated it it was amazing
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
Uttara Srinivasan
Dec 19, 2015 Uttara Srinivasan rated it it was ok
Is it technically still reading if you flip? Ah well, one star extra for writing a character that can be played by Fawad Khan and infinity stars off for agreeing to have Sonam Kapoor play the other
Saibal Bose
Feb 10, 2011 Saibal Bose rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2016 SA added it
I was a little late to jump on to this bandwagon. Biker Chick wrote about her and this was enough to get me interested. I picked up Battle of Bittora last December on the way back from Bombay but was really caught up with moving, interviews and general madness at that time. I started reading it in January and finished it in a week (I am not a fast reader any more. Remember?) The book portrays Indian politics with humor and it was really fun to read through the pages. Sarojini Pande (Jinni) is h ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Anupriya rated it liked it
I picked this one up coz I had loved 'THE ZOYA FACTOR' by Anuja Chauhan. I luv the wittiness that the author exhumes through her language.

I mean, I just couldn't get over the 'Aawar Aukat" thing. Never have I read an Indian author put the english translation of 'Hum' used by a person to address himself/herself in this manner.

Throughout the book, there was something or the other at regular intervals to make me go ROFLing. I'm sure my mother-in-law thought I've kinda lost it. (rofling....) And 'O
Sneha Yerra
Nov 28, 2014 Sneha Yerra rated it liked it
Wohooo!! I finished the book at last. And also I swore to buy another book only after I have the already bought one complete. The book was o.k. It did really made me laugh at many places with all its depctions, analogies - but, they became too much at a point.
My objections were bringing out the physical aspects of a person to provide fun. I guess, fairly normal humans wouldn't do so much mocking! And the book was never ending at a point!! :'( I couldn't even make myself read one page per day.
Mar 26, 2015 Roanna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nidhi Singh
Recommended to Roanna by: Pooja T.
Anuja Chauhan is a good writer undoubtedly (and she knows how to tell a story, that's for sure); this is the second book of hers I have read after Those Pricey Thakur Girls... But for some reason, I didn't enjoy it as much as I ought to have?

The characters are likable, Zain is crush-worthy (but I think DYLAN SINGH SHEKHAWAT is still one of Chauhan's more lovable - er, yummier - heroes! I guess I am biased, hee-hee), Jinni is okay (I feel like there needed to be more to her, and also - that she m
Mar 17, 2011 Antara rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 29, 2014 Sanjukta rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2014 Shivangi Yadav rated it liked it
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
Prity Malhotra
May 19, 2014 Prity Malhotra rated it it was amazing
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
KS Selvakumar
Jan 06, 2015 KS Selvakumar rated it really liked it
Shelves: anuja-chauhan
Battle for Bittora is a hilarious account of the elections in India – starting right from choosing candidates, up to the time of swearing-in of MPs in the Lok Sabha. One gets an insider’s view to an entire range of incidents that happen during an election campaign – dynastic politics, religion/caste vote-bank based strategies, buying out the also-rans, fudging expenses, door-to-door campaigning, public meetings, being tracked by observers of the EC etc. Though the political angle of the story mi ...more
Shayantani Das
Nov 23, 2015 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it
Jinni reminded me of Emma a lot. Anuja Chauhan's easy wit and her hilarious scenes and over the top characters provide welcome relief from all the syllabus recommended Indian classics I have been enduring recently.
Shweta Ramdas
May 21, 2014 Shweta Ramdas rated it it was ok
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
Aug 05, 2013 Snigdha rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

Zain is just wowowowowowow. But still, The Zoya Factor was better. Battle for Bittora was pretty great too, nut just...something was off. Dunno. It's heartbreaking to give it 3.5 but sigh.
Aakriti Mahajan
Jul 25, 2015 Aakriti Mahajan rated it it was ok
I ran out of patience while reading this one. The plot isn't interesting enough to keep you reading. Ended up skimming the rest of the book after having read half of it. A dissapointing read!
Oct 28, 2010 Supriya rated it liked it
LOLZ. Frothy, silly, hilarious, and totally absorbing. A perfectly Bollywood book for a perfectly Bollywood state of mind.
Oct 21, 2014 Monika rated it really liked it
Well its a battle ..second book from Ms. Chauhan's shelf the "those pricey thakur girls'.. am left wondering wich one was better.. Battle for Bittora has all the staple chick-lit ingredients..yet very refreshing in all ways.. a completely charmer of a hero and an attractive leading lady (make that 2..counting the grandmother too!)..old connect..falling in love..a lot of confusion.. all set between a 'vote for me' lok sabha elections amazing roller coaster ride till the end..w ...more
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Sep 24, 2015 Chaitalee Ghosalkar rated it really liked it
One can liken Chauhan's books to Mooli parathas; we might scrunch our noses at the sight of the vegetable, but stuffed inside a Paratha, it is gobbled with great relish. Chauhan does pretty much the same with her books. She did it by showcasing the murkier aspects of the cricketing world in The Zoya Factor, and then some about the Sikh riots in Those Pricey Thakur Girls, but she goes center-stage with politics in this one and ends up striking the perfect balance and giving us a good book to read ...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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