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My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Westland Ltd.
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2018
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1542040464
Pages - 304

My Review - 

I read Two States and Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat, even before I start reviewing the books. This is my third read and the initial review of his work. One non-related to the review fact, my house number is also 105. LOL. Now get back to work, so The Girl in Room 105 is Chetan Bhagat's attempt to write something else rather than a typical romance novel. As he stated, it is an unlove story. 

The girl in the room is Zara Lone, a Kashmiri Muslim. She lived in the IIT campus hostel, completing her Ph.D. While the male protagonist Keshav Rajpurohit is a Rajasthani, falls in love with Zara in a debate competition. Due to Keshav's orthodox parents and not having a future together, they broke up. Zara moved on and got engaged with Raghu. Keshav starts teaching in a coaching center, unable to find a job in the company. Moving on for him seems impossible; after four years, he still misses Zara. One day she messaged him to meet unexpectedly in her hostel room; when Keshav reached there, he finds her dead body. 

From here, the story picks a pace, the police arrest the murderer in two days. To get some closure, Keshav starts snooping around with his flatmate and colleague Saurabh. They find some clues, but without any concrete proof, they can't do anything. The police inspector Rana helped him, so he can get the promotion. Saurabh helped Keshav because they both sucked at their jobs and hated it but didn't have the guts to quit. This case brings some action into their dull lives. So, they roam around, asked questions, hacked, and did many so-called detective works. 

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 Bollywood another feature film, nothing else.

The author talks about how people see Muslims in general, also the hate for the Indian Army in Kashmir, and the people of Kashmir do not see themselves as a part of India, the policemen abusing their powers. These are a few points that made me stop reading for some time to reflect on them. Keshav's character portrays as a typical obsessive egoistic male who has no goal nor the courage to act. No wonder Zara left him. Other characters are not even worth mentioning. Overall, it is an okay read. If you hit a reading slump or someone who wants to improve their English, pick this book. 

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