“The Zoya Factor” by Anuja Chauhan is a delightful romantic-comedy novel that revolves around the Indian cricket team and a young advertising executive, Zoya Solanki, who unwittingly becomes the team’s lucky charm.
The book is set against the backdrop of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and follows the journey of the Indian cricket team as they compete in various matches. Zoya, who works for an advertising agency, gets assigned to work on a campaign for the team, and during her first meeting with the players, she casually mentions that she was born at the exact moment when India won their first World Cup in 1983. This statement intrigues the team’s captain, Nikhil Khoda, and he starts to believe that Zoya is their lucky charm.
The story unfolds with Zoya accompanying the team to various matches and events, and the team’s performance improving dramatically with each passing game. Along the way, Zoya and Nikhil develop a romantic relationship, and the book explores the challenges they face in balancing their personal and professional lives.
Anuja Chauhan’s writing style is witty, charming, and full of humor. She does an excellent job of creating relatable characters that the readers can root for. The book also provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of cricket, and the author’s knowledge and passion for the sport are evident throughout the story.
While “The Zoya Factor” is an enjoyable read, it’s not without its flaws. One criticism of the book is that the plot can be somewhat predictable, especially in terms of the romantic subplot. The relationship between Zoya and Nikhil follows a familiar pattern, and there aren’t many surprises along the way.
Additionally, some readers may find the humor in the book to be overly cheesy or juvenile at times. While the humor can be entertaining, it can also come across as forced and contrived in certain scenes.
Another criticism of the book is that it doesn’t provide much depth to the supporting characters, who are often portrayed in broad strokes and stereotypes. This can make it difficult for readers to fully invest in their stories and can make the book feel somewhat one-dimensional.
Overall, while “The Zoya Factor” is a fun and light-hearted read, it may not appeal to readers who are looking for more complex characters or a more nuanced plot. Yet if readers are looking for fun and engaging read that will leave you feeling entertained and satisfied, this is the one. It’s a perfect book for anyone who loves sports, romance, and humor. I highly recommend it!