“Don’t quit. It will happen one day”.
Chetan Bhagat published his sixth novel 📖 ‘Half Girlfriend‘ on 📆 1 October 2014 under Rupa Publications. The novel revolves around the love story ❤️ between Madhav Jha from the rural side 🏘️ of Bihari and Riya Somani, the city girl 🏙️ from Delhi. It contrasts ❎ and picks out how they are different from each but unable to control themselves from falling into love 🥰.
“What you say matters, not the language”.
Madhav Jha Meets The Author ✍️
The novel begins when Madhav Jha believes the girl he loves is no more and handovers a journal 📑 of hers to the author. They meet at a hotel 🏢 but the author was too busy to give a look it but finally calls 📞 him to his hotel room, asking Madhav Jha to narrate 🗣️ his story of love 💕.
Madhav and Riya at St. Stephen’s College 🎓
Madhav has been selected to the college via sports quota 🏆 so as Riya. Both are strong basketball players 🏀. Madhav notices Riya from the college especially due to her height. He gets attracted to her and feels happy 😊 when he checks the final admission list as both of them are selected.
Madhav and Riya Become Friends 🤝
Madhav and Riya become good friends 👫 soon. Riya also sings 🎶 well. They spend most of their time ⌚ together. She falls sick 🤒 one day and visits her in her house. Riya speaks English very fluently 🔤 as she is schooled from Modern School in Delhi while Madhav is not so fluent 🙁 in English. He notices differences 😞 between them in every single aspect. He is confused 😕 whether Riya would accept his proposal despite their differences.
Madhav Reveals His Affection 😘
Madhav takes Riya to his hostel one day bribing the security 👮♂️ as Riya wanted to have some rest 🛏. But Madhav couldn’t resist his emotions as they were locked 🔒 up in a room. He first sleeps near her and then touches her. Madhav then approaches towards Riya to kiss 😘 her to which she resists 🤚. He then confesses his feelings for her.
Possibility of Being A Half Girlfriend 🤔
“Girls never tell you anything straight out anyway. You have to interpolate and extrapolate their responses to figure out what’s on their mind”.
Riya comes with a status for their relationship – ‘half girlfriend‘. She is not willing 🚶♀️ to be his girlfriend as he expects but at the same time she does not want him to leave her. Madhav is confused 😕 hearing this. He discusses this with his room mates and they suggest not accept it 😑. They tells him reveal that he either wants full or nothing 🙃.
Riya Gets Married
Problems arouse in Madhav’s and Riya’s relation. Riya maintains a distance between them🚶♀️🏃♂️. She finally calls 📱him but it is to invite Madhav of her marriage 📿 with Rohan, the family friend cum childhood friend 👧🏻🧑 of Riya. She handovers the invitation card 📜 with some sweets 🍬. Even though he wanted to throw 🗑️ those sweets, he keeps them being a hosteller who knows the value and need for food 🍲.
“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 don’t break up with you”.
Madhav 😞 unable to make up with the loss of Riya returns to Dumraon to help his mother, Rani Sahiba who runs a school 🚸 in the village. The village being under developed, so is the school 🏬. The school lacks basic needs like proper classes and even toilets 🚻 . Madhav decides to work for the school to make him busy. He requests for financial help 💵 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 👨💼 would pay his visit to the schools of Bihar to offer his help 😊. The settings for the event are organised 👍. But Madhav Jha was not confident when it came to the deliver an English speech 🧾. He was in search 🧐 of person who could prepare him the speech.
Madhav Meets his Half Girlfriend Again
“Don’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 🤝 each other and speak of their present condition. Riya reveals that she has divorced Rohan. It was after her divorce she came back 🛬 from London to India 🇮🇳 , and started working.
Riya to Dumraon ☺️
Riya is taken to Dumraon and pays a visit to the local areas of his village 🚲. Riya helps him prepare the speech ✒️ and assists him in delivering his speech 🗣️. They get know each other more. Madhav becomes more close to her and they spend some intimate moments 😘 that lasted only for a couple of minutes.
Riya Leaves Again 😶
Riya leaves Dumraon after the event as Madhav’s mother’s warning ⚠️. She warns her to leave him as he is a divorcee. Riya therefore leaves the place after writing 📝 a letter ✉️ to him revealing that she is patient of lung cancer 😨 and she would live only for three months. Madhav searches for her everywhere but finds none 😢. He gets a journal 📑 of her which he doesn’t read as he lacked the courage 😔.
Riya Is Alive 😌
Three years have passed the incident. The insists him to read the journal 👨💻 and comes to know that she is alive 🙂. Madhav understands that Riya had faked cancer. Madhav is shocked 😲 and surprised 😮. He decides to look for Riya and bring her back.
To New York ✈️
Madhav flies 🛫 to New York as he remembers Riya sharing her wish of being a singer 🎤 in a bar 🥂. He stays with a friend of his. Those friends suggests him to meet a girl and forget Riya, recommends to start a new life 🌞. 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 ❄️. Finally, they meet, share their feelings for each other and make love.
Madhav Jha and Family 👨👩👦
The author visits the school 🏢 in Dumraon after three years. Madhav and Riya is married 👰 🤵. Both of them along with Madhav’s mother runs the school. They have a son 🧒 named Shyam. The novel, Half Girlfriend ends when Madhav and Shyam plays basketball together 🏀 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? 🤔 I don’t think so 🤨. Each of us wants to love ❤️ and to be loved 💕. ‘Half Girlfriend’ is a romantic ride 💞 that details the very basic emotions and experiences of love 👩❤️👨, separation🚶♂️🚶♀️ and reconciliation 💏. It’s nothing complicated. It’s a kind of feel good 😊 novel that brings a smile ☺️ 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 😔 that exist in a relationship. Their relationship status is unstable 🙄 as the title reveals ‘Half Girlfriend’, where Riya emotionally wants to be in a relationship but intellectually confused 😕. Chetan Bhagat directly recommends such a relationship status rather than being 💁♀️ committed, breakup, divorced and so on.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
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