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Battle For Bittora

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,033 Ratings  ·  163 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
Paperback, 426 pages
Published (first published February 4th 2009)
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Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, favorites
I want my very own Zain Altaf Khan. Are you listening, god?
Indrani Sen
Jun 12, 2016 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
Selva Subramanian
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading a Anuja Chauhan book is like watching a movie like Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. I am a big fan of that movie. But the point is it is like a masala entertainer more focused on the female lead than the male. It has romance, comedy and enough drama squeezed in. I like the way she writes romance but it gets too sugary sometimes ( and a bit repetitive in her later books) but what I dig most is the comedy aspect. Her comedy for the most part is built on twisted Hinglish and the variety of Indian En ...more
Smita Beohar
Nov 13, 2010 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
Sara Naveed
Oct 07, 2014 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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, indian-lit
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Pradnya K.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last night I finished Battle for Bittora and experienced book hangover. It's been long time since a book left me in this way. I guess the reason was I binge read it, screwing up all my schedule and when it finished I was left with little energy to do anything.

The story starts in a posh Pixel animation studio in Mumbai with protagonist, Jinni, reviewing animated "kitaanus" (like in the Harpic toilet cleaner ad) and suddenly her granny comes, convinces her to help election campaign and boom, Jinn
Jun 20, 2011 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
Simran Khurana
Mar 03, 2014 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
Sep 25, 2011 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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just thought I should mention that this was my favourite book from 2011 to 2016. It's funny beyond measure, super relatable (mostly because of its desi-ness) and the romance floored me for 5 years straight. Though I have a different favourite now (I'll Give You The Sun) it felt wrong to never acknowledge this amazing book or the INTENSE love I had for it for SO long.

This book was also very important to me because of some really big transitions I was going through at the time I read it, so all in
Andaleeb Wajid
May 15, 2011 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
Dec 30, 2013 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 20, 2014 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
Preethi Venugopala
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another Hinglish laugh riot from Anuja Chauhan. Here the battle is between the young scion of PP party Sarojini Pande aka Jinni, the kitaanu animator and Zain Altaf Khan, the young Royal of the IJP party for the prestigious Bittora which was always a stronghold of the the PP party.
The entire book is hilarious and the author pokes fun at the politicos in this spoof about Indian politics. There are many laugh out loud moments and also memorable romance between the childhood sweethearts.
Saibal Bose
Feb 09, 2011 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
Mar 16, 2011 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.
May 28, 2013 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.
Shayantani Das
Jan 28, 2012 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.
Uttara Srinivasan
Dec 19, 2015 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
Vedha K
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Could have been better.
Aakriti Mahajan
Sep 03, 2014 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 rated it liked it
LOLZ. Frothy, silly, hilarious, and totally absorbing. A perfectly Bollywood book for a perfectly Bollywood state of mind.
Billionaire Babes
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am giving it 5th star for its thorough research. This one is no chick-lit as some other novels by author. It is a political-romantic-comedy-drama all rolled into one. Quite a brilliant piece of fiction in politics I have read in a while.
Sarojini aka jinni Pande is an animator working in Mumbai has family history in politics. Succumbing to her only family person- her grandmother wishes, she comes to New Delhi only to get involved in their constituency Bittora's politics. Zain Altaf Khan, an eng
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as those pricey thakur girls. Chauhan is best when offering wry, warmly humorous, social commentary about classes of people she is familiar with. She is not great at writing romances or political treatises about Indian Lok Sabha elections. This is why thakur girls was so good: it mocked the hero and heroines foibles along with the entire class of people they belonged to. This book doesn't have that. There are still great side characters that humorously show the bizarre social relatio ...more
Nisha Agarwal
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well crafted book with humour, love, politics, childhood & relations all coming to play at once.
The story between the leads, a love hate relation with battles which had their own rules was a perfect slice of cake for treating the mind. I loved how carefully Jinni & Zain’s meet ups and their way of shifting from political and personal issues took place.
The desi English & the mixed bunch of characters specially Gudia aunty & Pappu were hilarious.
I have read Anuja Chauhan’s book
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a mills & boons meets Indian political reality which results in quite the page turner! Although the names and situation was rather unimaginative, the author puts together a very interesting stories. As an Indian, each of us would have met these characters sometime in our life and hence it is easy to identify with them and understand their nuances and their grey characters. I especially loved how the election and the campaigning process is described. It gives a deep overview of the co ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, but not as good as Those Pricey Thakur Girls, House that BJ Built and Zoya factor...
The writing is witty and humorous and very honest.. direct, with tons of Hinglish. The plot is very filmy. Overall an OK read.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Silly but not terribly awful.
DeniseViolet Borges
A beautiful book, with descriotions that can be visualized.Had a good time reading it!!!
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