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Book Review: Chal Nangi Hoja by Anuj Tikku

This is the latest offering by Bollywood actor turned writer Anuj Tikku. He is known for writing head-turning titles on various sensitive topics. Well, this novella is based on the latest media news circulation which is about Raj Kundra and his misadventure in the pornography industry. The book is not obscene or erotic by nature, its content is good and straightforward. But still the book is strictly for adult people because Anuj unnecessarily put objectionable pictures in the book.

The story starts with the family history of Raj Sundar that lives in the UK. Raj’s father drives a cab but wants him to study in a grammar school so that their family lineage gets access to more than basic living standard. However, Raj is hardly interested in studies; he tries odd business ideas with his Pakistani friend Saba. The author showed the grim reality of Indian immigrants struggling for good life abroad. There is a lot of family drama that ensues in between, but Raj sticks to his one dream that he wants to be a famous businessman.

Fast forward, he gets into diamond business and operates from India. He gets in touch with Shalu Shetty for brand ambassador. Shalu Shetty is a Bollywood actress. Due to inclination for money, they both get along well. They get married. Raj then invests money in IPL and then the author reveals the betting and other things that go in the cricket. Things got into troubled waters for Raj there. He was so ambitious that he didn’t realize as what’s wrong and what right. He just cared about money.

Finally after cricket fiasco, Raj gets into OTT pornography work. He starts an app called Chal Nangi Hoja. Thus, the title is based on a sleazy app. How did he open that app and what went wrong that he got under the lens of police is fills the rest of the story. It’s a realistic story of a highly ambitious businessman who forgot the rules of ethics just for the money. This is a contemporary novella with name-changed characters. It is a readable novella and has a fewer grammatical errors. If you opt for something offbeat yet contemporary literature, this is a good book.


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