“Don’t quit. It will happen one day”.

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Chetan Bhagat published his sixth novel ๐Ÿ“– ‘Half Girlfriend‘ on ๐Ÿ“† 1 October 2014 under Rupa Publications. The novel revolves around the love story โค๏ธ between Madhav Jha from the rural side ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ of Bihari and Riya Somani, the city girl ๐Ÿ™๏ธ from Delhi. It contrasts โŽ and picks out how they are different from each but unable to control themselves from falling into love ๐Ÿฅฐ.

“What you say matters, not the language”.

Madhav Jha Meets The Author โœ๏ธ

The novel begins when Madhav Jha believes the girl he loves is no more and handovers a journal ๐Ÿ“‘ of hers to the author. They meet at a hotel ๐Ÿข but the author was too busy to give a look it but finally calls ๐Ÿ“ž him to his hotel room, asking Madhav Jha to narrate ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ his story of love ๐Ÿ’•.

Madhav and Riya at St. Stephen’s College ๐ŸŽ“

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Madhav and Riya

Madhav has been selected to the college via sports quota ๐Ÿ† so as Riya. Both are strong basketball players ๐Ÿ€. Madhav notices Riya from the college especially due to her height. He gets attracted to her and feels happy ๐Ÿ˜Š when he checks the final admission list as both of them are selected.

Madhav and Riya Become Friends ๐Ÿค

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Madhav and Riya become good friends ๐Ÿ‘ซ soon. Riya also sings ๐ŸŽถ well. They spend most of their time โŒš together. She falls sick ๐Ÿค’ one day and visits her in her house. Riya speaks English very fluently ๐Ÿ”ค as she is schooled from Modern School in Delhi while Madhav is not so fluent ๐Ÿ™ in English. He notices differences ๐Ÿ˜ž between them in every single aspect. He is confused ๐Ÿ˜• whether Riya would accept his proposal despite their differences.

Madhav Reveals His Affection ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Madhav takes Riya to his hostel one day bribing the security ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ as Riya wanted to have some rest ๐Ÿ›. But Madhav couldn’t resist his emotions as they were locked ๐Ÿ”’ up in a room. He first sleeps near her and then touches her. Madhav then approaches towards Riya to kiss ๐Ÿ˜˜ her to which she resists ๐Ÿคš. He then confesses his feelings for her.

Possibility of Being A Half Girlfriend ๐Ÿค”

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“Girls never tell you anything straight out anyway. You have to interpolate and extrapolate their responses to figure out whatโ€™s on their mind”.

Riya comes with a status for their relationship – ‘half girlfriend‘. She is not willing ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ to be his girlfriend as he expects but at the same time she does not want him to leave her. Madhav is confused ๐Ÿ˜• hearing this. He discusses this with his room mates and they suggest not accept it ๐Ÿ˜‘. They tells him reveal that he either wants full or nothing ๐Ÿ™ƒ.

Riya Gets Married

๐Ÿ‘ฐ ๐Ÿคต

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Problems arouse in Madhav’s and Riya’s relation. Riya maintains a distance between them๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ. She finally calls ๐Ÿ“ฑhim but it is to invite Madhav of her marriage ๐Ÿ“ฟ with Rohan, the family friend cum childhood friend ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿง‘ of Riya. She handovers the invitation card ๐Ÿ“œ with some sweets ๐Ÿฌ. Even though he wanted to throw ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ those sweets, he keeps them being a hosteller who knows the value and need for food ๐Ÿฒ.

“Even though I was in pain, I remembered the golden rule: if you live in a hostel, never throw away food”.

Madhav Returns to Dumraon, Bihar

“Girlfriends come and go but, thank God, mothers donโ€™t break up with you”.

Madhav ๐Ÿ˜ž unable to make up with the loss of Riya returns to Dumraon to help his mother, Rani Sahiba who runs a school ๐Ÿšธ in the village. The village being under developed, so is the school ๐Ÿฌ. The school lacks basic needs like proper classes and even toilets ๐Ÿšป . Madhav decides to work for the school to make him busy. He requests for financial help ๐Ÿ’ต from the local MLA Ojha but was unable to do it.

Madhav is then called by MLA Ojha and tells of an event when Bill Gates ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ would pay his visit to the schools of Bihar to offer his help ๐Ÿ˜Š. The settings for the event are organised ๐Ÿ‘. But Madhav Jha was not confident when it came to the deliver an English speech ๐Ÿงพ. He was in search ๐Ÿง of person who could prepare him the speech.

Madhav Meets his Half Girlfriend Again

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Madhav meets Riya Again

“Donโ€™t fall in love with her again, a voice within me warned. You never fell out of love with her, another voice countered with an evil laugh”.

Madhav meets Riya again as he was in a meeting with the organisers of the event. They greet ๐Ÿค each other and speak of their present condition. Riya reveals that she has divorced Rohan. It was after her divorce she came back ๐Ÿ›ฌ from London to India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ , and started working.

Riya to Dumraon โ˜บ๏ธ

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Madhav aand Riya in Dumraon

Riya is taken to Dumraon and pays a visit to the local areas of his village ๐Ÿšฒ. Riya helps him prepare the speech โœ’๏ธ and assists him in delivering his speech ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ. They get know each other more. Madhav becomes more close to her and they spend some intimate moments ๐Ÿ˜˜ that lasted only for a couple of minutes.

Riya Leaves Again ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Riya leaves Dumraon after the event as Madhav’s mother’s warning โš ๏ธ. She warns her to leave him as he is a divorcee. Riya therefore leaves the place after writing ๐Ÿ“ a letter โœ‰๏ธ to him revealing that she is patient of lung cancer ๐Ÿ˜จ and she would live only for three months. Madhav searches for her everywhere but finds none ๐Ÿ˜ข. He gets a journal ๐Ÿ“‘ of her which he doesn’t read as he lacked the courage ๐Ÿ˜”.

Riya Is Alive ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Three years have passed the incident. The insists him to read the journal ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป and comes to know that she is alive ๐Ÿ™‚. Madhav understands that Riya had faked cancer. Madhav is shocked ๐Ÿ˜ฒ and surprised ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. He decides to look for Riya and bring her back.

To New York โœˆ๏ธ

Madhav flies ๐Ÿ›ซ to New York as he remembers Riya sharing her wish of being a singer ๐ŸŽค in a bar ๐Ÿฅ‚. He stays with a friend of his. Those friends suggests him to meet a girl and forget Riya, recommends to start a new life ๐ŸŒž. He then decides to leave the city unable to find her. But the day before he leaves, he notices a singer named Ray in Cafe Wha and goes there running in the snow โ„๏ธ. Finally, they meet, share their feelings for each other and make love.

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Madhav Jha and Family ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

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The author visits the school ๐Ÿข in Dumraon after three years. Madhav and Riya is married ๐Ÿ‘ฐ ๐Ÿคต. Both of them along with Madhav’s mother runs the school. They have a son ๐Ÿง’ named Shyam. The novel, Half Girlfriend ends when Madhav and Shyam plays basketball together ๐Ÿ€ and the little Shyam unable to play it. Riya gives her advise to Shyam to get himself trained while growing.

Is there anyone who hates romance? ๐Ÿค” I don’t think so ๐Ÿคจ. Each of us wants to love โค๏ธ and to be loved ๐Ÿ’•. ‘Half Girlfriend’ is a romantic ride ๐Ÿ’ž that details the very basic emotions and experiences of love ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ‘จ, separation๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ and reconciliation ๐Ÿ’. It’s nothing complicated. It’s a kind of feel good ๐Ÿ˜Š novel that brings a smile โ˜บ๏ธ to the reader’s lips by the end of their reading.

Half Girlfriend‘ discusses the contrasting social situations faced by the Indians as well as the confusions ๐Ÿ˜” that exist in a relationship. Their relationship status is unstable ๐Ÿ™„ as the title reveals ‘Half Girlfriend’, where Riya emotionally wants to be in a relationship but intellectually confused ๐Ÿ˜•. Chetan Bhagat directly recommends such a relationship status rather than being ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ committed, breakup, divorced and so on.

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Nikunj Jha · February 12, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Loved reading it. Can you do some more Chetan Bhagat Book reviews please ?

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