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The Girl in Room 105

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  19,928 ratings  ·  1,669 reviews
Hi, I’m Keshav, and my life is screwed. I hate my job and my girlfriend left me. Ah, the beautiful Zara. Zara is from Kashmir. She is a Muslim. And did I tell you my family is a bit, well, traditional? Anyway, leave that.

Zara and I broke up four years ago. She moved on in life. I didn’t. I drank every night to forget her. I called, messaged, and stalked her on social media
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Westland (first published October 2018)
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Rohit Sharma
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
The very first page of the book says that Chetan Bhagat is the author of eight bestselling novels (including this one - of-course) which have sold over twelve million copies and have been translated in over twenty languages worldwide. Not only that but also that The New York Times has called him "The biggest selling author in India's history". I am not sure how true this claim is but thats what is published as his introduction and so much more like so many successful Bollywood movies based on hi ...more
daph pink ♡
Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
CB is definitely a horrible mistake that happened in the glorious history of Indian literature .
Indian greatest authors must be weeping somewhere while horrible bestsellers are making money and gaining fans!

I hate his cabbage mediocrity masquerading as populism . I hate how he has fooled a whole generation of readers into reading terrible books.
Most of all I hate his SETH GHANSHAYAM DAS smile, it's kind of smile that is missing on the faces of m
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read Chetan Bhagat's books as ones which are good to relax with - they move along easily and have a decent story. This book is a little different from his earlier ones as it has crime and suspense thrown in. However, the net result is a disappointment.

The setting is one of Keshav telling his story to the author. Keshav is an IITian who hates his job at a coaching class primarily due to the owner, but can find no better job. He continues to pine for his ex-girlfriend Zara Lone, a Kashmiri who
Sohini Sarkar
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler Alert!

I am not really sure to which genre the book is supposed to belong.

The name suggests that the story is about a girl living in Room No. 105, possibly in a hostel/hotel/apartment etc. and one should read the book to know everything about this mysterious character. But all we come to know about her is that she is a Kashmiri with stereotypical fair skin, has an out of the world beautiful face, wants peace in her home state, loves her younger step brother and cheats on her fiancé. All t
Rajesh CNB
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am unloving Chetan Bhagat

I picked up and finished reading this book in one day. I picked up this book, because I wanted to decide whether I should hate Chetan Bhagat or not. I wanted to figure this out once and for all and put my mind to peace. After reading this book, I want to unlove him. Dont want to hate because hate is like me drinking poison and expecting him to die, which will never happen.

What I liked about the book!
1. The narrative of CB is simple. Anyone who understands basic col
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
One point that I have learned after reading Chetan Bhagat's works is that it provides no value increase to one's literary knowledge; his novels are only for fun-reading, i.e., viewed from one eye, fled from the other. By venturing into crime thrillers, through this book, he has tried to prove that he has an artistic and creative style; but, when reading, you ask as to why has he used the same method of getting a story during his plane ride?

He has tried to buildup suspense, but right at the start
Vikas Singh
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Once more a block buster from Chetan Bhgaat and this time it is a double dhamaka- A love story with murder thrown in for special investigative effort. For those who have lived in hostels, this will be a trip down the memory lane. Fast paced as his other novels, this racy and thrilling chase culminates in Agatha Christie style novel with novice investigator identifying the murderer in front of audience, in typical Poirot style. Having worked with him as part of a reality show in ABP News, I was h ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Chetan Bhagat is not among my favourites. I have tried to read two of his famous books previously, but couldn't finish (Not even reached through half).

I was on a hectic night shift duty at hospital. Early in the morning (around 5:30 am), eventually i got the chance to take rest for a bit. Well, lying on the hospital couch, i didn't find anything special to read on my Kindle. While scrolling randomly up & down, the synopsis of this new book attracted me (Honest confession :p) There's no harm to g
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story has some kind of suspense, but like any other Chetan Bhagat books, it is filled with Hindi language abuses, objectifying women and their choices. It is like something you watch on a big screen, a commercialized movie based on a novel. I think the purpose of his writing is to give the Bollywood another feature film, nothing else.

The author talks about how people see Muslims in general, also the hate for Indian Army in Kashmir, and the people of Kashmir do not see themselves as a part of
Aakanksha Mishra
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The girl in room 105 is a thriller novel written by Chetan Bhagat. I just picked this book at random and I am definitely not disappointed. This book kept me hooked until the end. I started reading it at 5 pm and finished it by 12:30 am. I was so intrigued to find out who killed Zara lone (the girl who is murdered in the novel) that I couldn’t stop reading. Though my guess about the killer was absolutely right, I was wrong about motive and reason why she was killed. If you also guessed the name o ...more
Pratiksha Sengupta
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Ayush Ayush
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished reading this book in 6 hours. It is a murder mystery. The story is about Keshav Rajpurohit. His ex-girlfriend Zara Lone gets murdered when he goes to wish her in her hostel room no 105 on her birthday. After that he decides to solve the mystery by himself. A lot of characters are involved but the way this chap confronts terrorists and reach to the core of the case is worth praising. Well, you can always read the full and detailed review here: ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Umesh Kesavan
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, novels, iwe
To avoid being typecast as a cutesy writer adept at silly romances, the author attempts a murder mystery interspersed with half-homilies on Kashmir . The romance is less but the silliness remains. The eponymous girl is characterised so badly that no sympathy remains in the end.The last Chetan novel I enjoyed was "The 3 mistakes of my life" which had a plot tailor-made for blockbuster cinema. Since then, all his novels have been mistakes. ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had read the first book by Chetan Bhagat (hence forward will be referred as CB) when it came out 15 years back, and remember not liking it at all. However, the book became a national sensation, and in no time, CB became a household name amongst English speaking Indians.

No matter how much I disliked the book, I can't deny the contribution of CB to Indian reading populace. Indian reading era can be easily demarcated by the arrival of CB. Pre CB era, the occasional readers of India used to depen
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know why does it happen and I end up supporting and writing about the reason why I like authors like Chetan Bhagat or Durgesh Dutta but I don't understand the extreme hate towards Mr. Bhagat. Is the story lacks something sure I am not saying it's a masterwork but there is certainly scope for lighters books which you can hash out in a day or two well with my current schedule it took me a little longer to finish it but still I finished it quicker than other books.

Coming to this book like e
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-fiction
It is like Chetan Bhagat suddenly decided he will write a Ravi Subramanian kind of book with the following components:

A love story (typical CB style - cheesy AF) + a murder mystery - the main component - to be solved by two amateur sleuths , in other words 2 IIT grads (buddy-cop style, it works on and off) + Kashmir conflict ( just skimmed the surface)

Not too bad; Nothing great either. I guessed the killer from the beginning. But I wouldn't say CB has failed badly in writing a thriller.

Rating: 3
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
I read this book like weeks ago but I just got around to writing a review. Now, I usually never write reviews. But this was something special.
Here’s the thing.

I have OFFICIALLY lost all faith in Indian authors.

I mean every single page physically hurt me? I guessed the ‘so-called’ twist before the mystery even fucking began? The characters were (like always) underwhelming.

The guy was an ass (like always)
But he felt wronged (like always)

Oh and there was a side-kick. I can’t exactly remember his b
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Watch my video review of "The Girl in Room 105" here:

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading this one! Firstly, it is a murder mystery, which is not something that Chetan Bhagat is known for. I think the author did a great job in the plot and the characters, and I was shocked with the twist in the end because I did not see that coming at all. In a lot of these murder mysteries, you keep guessing as to who could be the mastermind behind it all, but the author successfu
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Completed this one finally! I started this book hoping to read another fine story by Chetan Bhagat as he tried a murder mystery for the first time... I was hoping he could recreate the magic of Five Point Someone again in this one.. But.. halfway through and I realized that I had to just complete this book somehow. The suspense was never really too good to hold the attention.. All in all one can read it for a light reading.. I like Chetan's style and the way he can narrate simple girl/boy next ...more
Akarsh Chauhan
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
One thing I liked about this book was the initial chapters. They created the curiosity and helped me read ahead but later I realised that if initial chapters didnt have that curiosity than book hadn't been read further like "The Indian girl".
Had expected something breathtaking this time but got a Crime patrol episode.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Chetan Bhagat does a whodunit. Better than his last few books. At least I didn't skip pages. I think his last two books I skipped about 50% of the pages.

This one isn't all that bad. Predictable but readable. Anything I write here will be a spoiler so I'll stop.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than his last couple of books, but not good enough. Only good thing is he tried new genre.
Arush Ul islam
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice novel and quite thrilling too!!
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Hooked till the end. A quick finish.
Abhilash Ruhela
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I had started reading fiction novels after getting my hands upon Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone as I had heard a lot about it from my friends who had read the same. I remember it was also one of the initial days in college and while an introduction session whosoever described their hobby as reading, on being asked which book they have read, everyone named “Five Point Someone”. Out of curiosity, I picked up the book and liked the fun in the story telling of Chetan Bhagat and read all his four ...more
Amith Ghosh
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The girl in the room 105.
One may presume the story must be about a girl and her insight as the story moves forward. But, precisely, the story is all about the boy who is madly in love with his ex and desperate to bring the murderer into the light.
> firstly, the story is so presumable for those readers who are into crime thrillers or even not. So, there is absolutely nothing much to exaggerate his creativity in the respective genre.
> the protagonist, keshav rajpurohit, is any usual guy whose life
Riddhi Kishnadwala
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Chetan Bhagat's books are always a bit too filmi and high on drama, and this book was no different. Funny in parts, with CB's trademark humour, it delves into the murder mystery of the girl who was killed in room 105. Keshav, the hapless ex-boyfriend, takes it upon himself to crack the mystery and follows an intriguing set to clues which eventually lead him to the killer.
The book starts off with a lot of promise with the premise of a jilted lover which can't get over his ex and the mysterious de
Shwetlana Sen
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
When I picked up this book all I knew about it was that it is a murder mystery. I was expecting to get surprised or even stunned with the story. But I was disappointed to say the least. The plot had too many loopholes and there were loads of things which weren’t just convincing. The plot lost its ground in the very beginning when I felt like this where the investigation should have headed but nothing was even discussed about it and too many subplots were introduced one after the other dragging t ...more
Nakul Phulambrikar
What's good about this book, is the interaction between the characters. Specially the lead characters Keshav and Saurabh aka Golu. Saurabh always had a funny angle even in a serious situation. That makes this book very interesting.
I had bit more expectations as there was a terrorism side to the plot; but unfortunately main incidences are results of personal motives.
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Chetan Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth and issues based on national development. Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading MNCs and other institutions. He quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing. In 2008, The New York Times c ...more

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