Those Pricey Thakur Girls, by Anuja Chauhan revolves around the drama in the lives of Justice LN Thakur, his wife Mamta and their daughters, residing in New Delhi.
LN and his wife have named their daughters alphabetically from A to E. They have married off the first two daughters, the third one has eloped (much to their shame and chagrin) and are trying to figure out how to arrange for finances for the wedding of their 4th and 5th daughters. The story mainly centers on the love life of Debjani with a handsome journalist and the circumstances and factors leading to their relationship. Inter-woven between Debjani’s and Dylan’s story are the stories of Ajni – who is childless and is trying to understand her marriage, Binodini – who wants her share of her father’s estate to fund into her husband’s business, Chandu – whom nobody is allowed to talk to as she eloped with an Estonian and the fifth daughter Eshwari – who is a 16 yr old sensible teenager with interest in good looking boys!
While the Debjani and her journalist are the semi-protagonists of this story, the readers are given enough meat about the other characters in the story to keep it from getting one dimensional. The development of other characters – even the ones with minor roles like Satish or the kids Bonu and Monu is well developed and well written. My favorite characters were the mother and the youngest Thakur daughter Eshwari, there was something so endearing about Mamta’s character; like doesn’t matter how unpleasant your daughters sometimes get, you correct them and still take care of them because they are your own kids. Eshwari’s character is a typical 16 year old who likes sports and boys, but is still the kid of the family. The romance in the story is toe curling and sexy, even though the central characters were not as endearing.
This was my second book by Anuja Chauhan with the first one being Baaz. While Baaz did not impress me at all, I still decided to go ahead and read Those Pricey Thakur Girls; and I am glad I read it! TPTG was a super fun and quick read. Yes, it is melodramatic and it reads like how a commercial masala hindi movie would read if it were a book, but it has a good story and is well written.
From the two books that I have read, it seems like Anuja Chauhan has a formula for her central characters – the hero is handsome, dashing, young and brave and is a ladies’ man; the heroine is plucky, out spoken, beautiful and the two fall in love with each other at the first sight! It might be formulaic but it is fun to read non-fussy stories that make you feel good and help you relax. Do give this story a read if you get a chance.