August 1, 2020

Anuja Chauhan went to school in Meerut, Delhi and Australia. She has worked in advertising for over fourteen years and has created many popular ad. Author Anuja Chauhan, whose book ‘The Zoya Factor’ is being made into a film with Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan, reveals that. Sonam Kapoor, who will step into the shoes of the protagonist from Anuja Chauhan’s novel The Zoya Factor in its film adaptation, plans to meet.

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aunja When the younger players in India’s cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the World Cup back inthey are intrigued. When having breakfast with her is chauban by victories on the field, they are impressed. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they Alternate cover edition can be found here. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she’s a lucky charm.

The nation goes a step further. Amazed at the ragtag team’s sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess. Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by Cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action.

And it doesn’t help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn’t believe in luck Paperbackpages. Published April 21st by HarperCollins first published Zoya Singh SolankiNikhil Khoda. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other anujx questions about The Zoya Factorplease sign up.

Eddapugal Its going to be released on april. See 2 questions about The Zoya Factor…. Lists with This Book. Mar 22, Anuradha rated it liked it Recommends it for: Indians who love cricket.

I would’ve given this book three and a half stars, but it isn’t one that would be ubiquitously entertaining. Much like chaat in the dingy gullies of India, this book was tailor-made for Indians – others may like parts of it, but unfortunately, the only people who can truly appreciate this book are Indians.

Which is kind of sad because it’s not bad at all. Cricket is a big deal in India. Cricket is India’s biggest religion, and this is very important to know. He starts off his lecture with a photo of Sachin Tendulkar, because as an atheist, he only believes in the god of cricket.

The Zoya Factor: Sonam Kapoor to consult author Anuja Chauhan for her role

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with cricket for over 15 years. My own personal love affair with cricket started at the age of 6. I watched bits and pieces of various matches till The Natwest Final against England, perhaps one ziya the greatest matches India has ever played, was the first full match I ever saw. I watched it with my whole extended family, and the match went on till quite late at night.


We kids were just happy that we got to stay up so late, but I cactor never forget the celebrations that transpired in my uncle’s house, where at least thirty of us were huddled in hcauhan of a small television, watching an absolutely riveting match. The alcohol came out and it was honestly one of the happiest days of my life.

Little less than a year later, during the World Cup, my grandfather actually taught me to play cricket. India used to play Pakistan on the giant BPL television set at home, and my brother and I would play our grandfather. We followed the ’03 World Cup obsessively, as did literally everyone I knew.

We discussed statistics and other things that didn’t really make sense to us, but that is chquhan fever in India. For the next nine or so years, till the World Cup ended, I was obsessed with cricket. My life was one big cricket reference; I had this tendency to fsctor really fast, so I was called Ricky Ponting by my family. This was, in my opinion, India’s best time in cricket. Fxctor had the greatest cricket team in the history of great cricket teams, and they were absolutely fantastic.

Something happened to me after the World Cup. I continued to watch cricket after that, but somehow I began hating it.

I almost completely stopped watching inbut started zealously watching again with the ICC T World Cup. Cricket is a anyja deal for me as well.

Even during my I-hate-cricket phase, I am ashamed to admit that I have looked down upon people for not understanding cricket. It probably makes no sense to most people, but I was brought up on cricket.

I’ve seen a lot of it.

Anuja Chauhan on ‘The Zoya Factor’, Dulquer Salmaan and books versus films

Some of the cricket greats were some of my first crushes. And there’s a solidarity that we develop when we watch, or even talk about cricket. If you seriously want to stop a fight between two Indians, just show them cricket, and they’ll become the best of pals. It’s addictive, the way we see this sport. I agree that it can turn toxic, but cricket has been a major part of every Indian’s life for a very long time.

We know everything about cricket, and if any Indian tells you they haven’t played gully cricket, they’re lying. My very prestigious and government-funded University gave the day off for a very crucial India-Pakistan match chahuan the World Cup. The match happened on March 19th, okay, I even remember the date. I mean, I recently spent last Sunday moping around because I’d been out with chauhxn friends and missed a great game by Dinesh Karthik.

Cricket is facror in our souls. I can’t really explain it, but this is a huge deal in India.

I mean, I only know how my parents would’ve reacted in the same situation. Zoya is an advertising executive who has to get shots of the Indian Cricket team for a soda shoot. When she is unable to do so, for whatever reason, she jokingly comments about how her auspicious moment of birth could prove lucky for the otherwise badly faring Indian team. Zoya is persuaded to stay back, and well, as luck would have it, they win their next match.

This annoys Indian cricket captain Nikhil Khoda, who believes in hard-work and strategy, and not in luck. However, to pacify the rest of the team and the Cricket Board and India’s one billion, Zoya agrees to accompany the team for the course of the ’11 World Cup.


She is considered India’s good luck charm, touted a goddess, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the eponymous Zoya Factor. As it should be, love blooms between the “Boost-brown” eyed Khoda and the big-haired Zoya. There’s a few laughs, a few tears, some fights, some chauhsn sessions, and of course, a happy ending.

It’s definitely not the best book I’ve read. But I’ve never read anything more Indian. There was the nostalgia of Boost dactor aloo tikki and desi Pizza and gully cricket. There is absolutely no way I could’ve not liked this book after that. I’m a little disappointed that this book doesn’t cater to non-Indians, because somehow, I haven’t actually seen a book that depicts the good and bad of India as well chauhah this in years. On the one hand, we have the intellectuals talking about social issues which is very good, and I love those books ; on the other, we have the pulp fiction writers who somehow cannot capture the true essence of India.

Somehow, in this rather trashy chick lit, Chauhan captures true Indian sentiments. She comfortably, and without exaggeration portrays India’s greatest pride and joy. As a bonus, here’s a photo of me and my friends cheering after an India-Pak match. View all 4 comments. Aug 16, Namratha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her idea of a perfect assignment: Working with SRK and getting a glimpse of his toffee-coloured torso!

Zoya happened to be born at the very moment when India clinched the W Zoya Solanki Zoya happened to be born at the very moment when India clinched the World Cup in …infact when the last wicket fell, out popped Zoya! As she works on an assignment with the current Indian Cricket Team, the superstitious bunch discover that having breakfast with Zoya leads to victory.

And not eating with her With the tenth ICC World Cup just around the corner, Zoya is soon begged, bullied and emotionally blackmailed to accompany the Indian team as their official good luck mascot. Driven by a misguided sense of loyalty to India and the hope of bringing back the elusive world cup Zoya is soon off to Australia on a fully-paid holiday.

Zoya is soon crossing swords with the brilliant captain of the Indian team, Nikhil Khoda. Pursued by pista-munching agents, harangued by saffron-clad babas, manipulated by IBCC chiefs and wooed by Cola firms……Zoya is soon sinking into the mad-crazy world of Indian Cricket.

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In a country where cricket is almost a religion, Zoya is elevated to goddess-status. Staying true to herself is becoming more and more difficult and the hype threatens to over-power the sassy Zoya. Finally a book by an Indian author that I can say I thoroughly, truly enjoyed.