We are a country obsessed with cricket, our days, and our conversations revolve around it, especially now as the IPL season is going on. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan combined cricket with love and we got this amazing book as a result. The book is written in the first person and revolves around the life of Zoya. Zoya is a clumsy and cute girl working in advertising. She gets assigned to an ad campaign with the Indian Cricket Team and everything in her life changes. She is forced to join the team, not as a player or cheerleader but as their lucky mascot.
This all started the day Zoya was born, she came into this world at the exact moment when India won the 83 World Cup. This leads to her dad believing that she was lucky for the team. As soon as this news reached the players, they wanted Zoya to be present with them before ever match. This angered the captain of the team, Nikhil Khoda who was a firm believer in hard work and practice. The two meet and there is sizzling chemistry in between them. Zoya ends up falling in love with Nikhil, but you have to read the book to find out if that happens. The book is a fun read and shows how we as a country are so into cricket that we will go to any lengths and believe all the superstitions just to see our team win.
The Zoya Factor is the perfect read for someone looking for a little light reading. The book is full of funny dialogues and moments, the writing is simple. Anuja uses ‘hinglish’ quite often, just like we do while talking to our friends. It is a fun read from start to finish. While reading the book, you will find yourself rooting for Zoya and Nikhil. Though you might get annoyed by all the fights that they have. One thing that I would like to tell you is that don’t judge the book by its movie. I read the book first and saw the movie later and it truly does not do justice to the book. This book should be your go-to if you are looking for some fun reading with both cricket and love.