The House that BJ Built

The House that BJ Built

Anuja Chauhan / Dec 09, 2019

The House that BJ Built I ll make my sisters squirm like well salted earthworms I won t sell Even my jutti wont sell And if I die na then even my gosht won t sell The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would

  • Title: The House that BJ Built
  • Author: Anuja Chauhan
  • ISBN: 9789385152184
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • I ll make my sisters squirm like well salted earthworms I won t sell Even my jutti wont sell And if I die na, then even my gosht won t sell The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji s big old house on Hailey Road And her daughter Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes.But what to do about her four pI ll make my sisters squirm like well salted earthworms I won t sell Even my jutti wont sell And if I die na, then even my gosht won t sell The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji s big old house on Hailey Road And her daughter Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes.But what to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell One is bald and stingy, one is jobless and manless, one needs the money to save the nation and one is stepmother to Bonus childhood crush brilliant young Bollywood director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get the house sold, divvy the money equally and end all the bickering within the family.The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was Balls and indeed, she is ballsy, bullshit intolerant, brave and beautiful But is she strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spadefull Not to mention shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee buckling hotness of Samars intense eyes Sharply observed and pulse quickeningly romantic, this is Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best

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      • Anuja Chauhan

        Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author and advertiser She worked in the advertising agency, JWT India, for over 17 years She has written 3 novels, The Zoya Factor 2008 , Battle For Bittora October 2010 and Those Pricey Thakur Girls January 2013 All three books are romances.


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    1. ‘… it was better to demolish the house and keep the family together than demolish the family and keep the house together.’Anuja Chauhan is probably one of the few Indian authors whose books I do not hesitate to pick up. Her writing is as witty and humorous as ever, with a lot of Hinglish interspersed in the dialogues and the characters’ thoughts, probably to give it an air of authenticity. Also, I noticed a lot more Hindi words in this book compared to her previous books. (Of this, I can [...]


    2. I had borrowed ‘The Pricey Thakur Girls’ from a friend and had enjoyed the reading experience of it. So it was a no-brainer that I would pick this book up too. Only this time I delved into the book with some expectations.The Thakur girls are back and this book is all about how the family wants to sell the house that BJ built. While the central plot deals with that, there are parallel storylines involving the central characters. On one hand we have Samar’s journey of making a film and on th [...]


    3. So, in the two days since the book's release, I read the novel twice Hence the three stars, despite my qualms with several aspects of the novel.Pros1. The relationship between Anji, Dabbu, Eshu. (Yes, Chandu doesn't count. I don't think she's meant to). I was caught unawares by how much I was invested in their relationship.2. The story behind Samar's movie Without spoiling anyone, I just loved how Anuja Chauhan developed what I thought was a throwaway joke in the Pricey Thakur Girls. 3. The pros [...]


    4. Looking back at what I thought of the pricy thakur girls, I find that I quibbled about how u felt that Anuja was using nostalgia a bit cynically. Perhaps I wondered about where the book would stand minus the warm memories of the 80s that some of us have. Well, this book anders it. On some pretty flimsy grounds as it turns out. The author's strengths are all here - natural sounding English dialogues, fun women (well, mostly girls. Even the women in their 40s seem like girls for some reason) and a [...]


    5. You know you've landed a gem of a book when something like this happens…Samar does some research on item songs and tells his lyricist to come up with something creative.‘See, I’ve done a full analysis on this,’ he tells her. ‘And currently, there seem to be five kinds of item songs. A, based on names—like Sheila, Munni, Chameli, Jalebi, Billo-rani etc. B, based on items of clothing—like chunari, choli, ghoonghat, ghagra, ghughroo, etc. C, based on geographical locations—like UP-B [...]


    6. I love Anuja Chauhan's books. So much so that I walked through knee deep muddy water to the nearest bookstore to get The House That BJ Built.I love her books enough to not read their electronic versions.I love her books so much that I have single handedly badgered my friends to buy it.I have read her book before a history test in class 8(the first edition of Zoya) and after a nsaty heartbreak in college (Pricey) say I am a disappointed, is well an understatement.This is a book which has the side [...]


    7. I have accepted that I always like an Anuja Chauhan book better when I reread it--I hope this book strengthens that belief. Samar is no D-for-Dylan and while Bonu thankfully has more gumption than the irritating Debjani, I didn't warm much to her. The book is quite funny, as expected, and I will probably buy Chauhan's books when they come out and possibly also revisit this 'review' after the inevitable reread.


    8. So, in the two days since the book's release, I read the novel twice Hence the three stars, despite my qualms with several aspects of the novel.Pros1. The relationship between Anji, Dabbu, Eshu. (Yes, Chandu doesn't count. I don't think she's meant to). I was caught unawares by how much I was invested in their relationship.2. The story behind Samar's movie Without spoiling anyone, I just loved how Anuja Chauhan developed what I thought was a throwaway joke in the Pricey Thakur Girls. 3. The pros [...]


    9. Oh well, what a hilarious, witty and enjoyable ride! Anuja Chauhan seems to have done it again!Humour was the best element of this book, because The House That BJ Built was extremely extremely hilarious. Ms. Chauhan really knows how to do her way with humour. She always has, and that's what I love about her books. The thing is that most Indian contemporary romance novels turn out to be a disappointment for me, with the cringe worthy Hinglish, forced jokes and crappy themes. But not with Anuja Ch [...]


    10. Got the book from the Flipkart Review Program for The Reader (thereader). Our reviewer Neha Joshi reviewed it. Anuja Chauhan welcomes you back to Number 16, Hailey Road, for yet another tantalizing love story, set in the backdrop of family feuds, politics, business and Bollywood.It is the next generation of Thakurs in focus this time, with Bonita Singh Rajawat and Samar Vir Singh falling into a love-hate relationship. Set against the backdrop of the impending sale of their ancestral house, as pr [...]


    11. such spunk, sauciness and fun in this book. i quite loved how the author handled bonu and samar's characters, very genuinely and with a sense of realness.



    12. Received the copy of this book from Flipkart Review Program It is a always nice to go back to read a little more about a few characters from a book you have read and loved. Early this year, on one of those long trans-atlantic flights, I happened to read the book ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls (TPTG) which was a refreshing change from the routine romances that seem to have taken over the Indian writing landscape. I was pleasantly surprised both by the quality of writing and the ease with which the [...]


    13. Having received a copy from the publishers (thanks, Westland) via the Flipkart Review Program, I quickly procured a copy of the first book (this being a jump sequel), Those Pricey Thakur Girls, and read it overnight. And since I quite enjoyed TPTG, I had great expectations from The House That BJ Built. And Anuja Chauhan delivers brilliantly. In TPTG, she got to introduce each character, their idiosyncrasies and their quirks. This carries forward to The House That BJ Built as well, which is set t [...]


    14. My favourite Thakur girls come back with a sequel . So this one is some 20 years after Dylan-Dabbu marriage . Frankley speaking , I enjoyedThe Pricey Thakur Girlsmuch more , I think the characters were lovable back then and also I will give full marks for romance . This one is more petite , Ppl with evil masks , The awful property fights . I don't know whether I like Bonu or not , really , she wants revenge for her parent's death . She keeps playing the old dialogue of her mother in her mind , a [...]


    15. As promised, the story is all about the house that BJ built and if those pricey Thakur girls sell the house or not. In spite of 410 pages, Anuja Chauhan startles the reader with several twists and turns. The narrative is lucid and incidents are quirky. Dialogs are relatable and characters have shades of grey – neither godly nor villainous. There is a splendid Bollywood movie-like charm about the book. It lets the reader envision not only the backdrop but the characters as well. What I loved ab [...]


    16. It was a wonderful read. Anuja Chauhan didn't disappoint. This was another humorous rom-com filled with drama and many laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the dialogues are effortlessly hilarious. Drama kings and queens reign in the book. I found myself rooting for some of the characters that I did not like in 'Those Pricey Thakur girls' like Anjini. I was suspicious of the B and N Trings but liked the way it all turned out.Bonu Singh and Samar is well etched. Recommended to all those who love a rom [...]


    17. If you are really into Indian fiction and consider yourself a bookgeek, there is simply no way you couldn’t have heard of the name Anuja Chauhan as there is little chance of escaping the charms of this talented lady who has not one, not two but four bestselling books to her credit nowRead the full review here - bookgeeks/entries/roman


    18. this indian drama got me so hooked to the story that i bid a goodbye to sleep till i finished. very entertaining. Bonu and Samar make an awesome pair , no matter how much hot headed both act. while I felt a lot of sympathy for Bonu, he aunts are a mix of a lot f emotions. perfect cast. i now want to read the pricey thakur girls now.


    19. It's not as endearing as Those Pricey Thakur Girls but it's still a lot of fun and totally worth a read. It's amazing how Anuja Chauhan can reduce me to tears one paragraph and then make me giggle in the next.




    20. "Review originally posted in: hooktobook.wordpress/2016The Thakur Girls are back and how!!! It's been ages since I have read Those Pricey Thakur Girls and immediately loved it. I remember feeling sad when the book ended because it completely had me hooked to it. And the most surprising part is that there was a sequel to it in the market and all this while I had absolutely no idea about that. So I discovered from a dear friend about the same and next day I had it in my hands. The fun looking cove [...]


    21. In this present scenario when couple of books has been releasing every day. It is hard for readers to pick the right one, of course time worthy. Personally I avoid over-flowing-love fiction as most Indian authors writing these days. But when I read first book of Anuja Chauhan ‘ Zoya’s factor’, I found her as cause for celebration. And with next read ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ she became a most promising Indian author of literary fiction especially for me. And now ‘The House That BJ [...]


    22. Bonu Singh, now a grown up fiery young woman, loses her parents in a car crash, spends her days at her grandfather Laxmi Narayan Thakur's huge mansion from where all her aunts have moved out. As her grandfather breathes his last, he wills his 200cr property to be divided into 5 equal parts in the name of his 5 daughters. Then starts the age-old family dispute, promoter's interests, local 'goonda' influence and a filmy style hero in the form of Anjini's adopted son Samar - a famous Bollywood film [...]


    23. Quirky cover art. An interesting take off on where we left those delightful but undeniably Pricey Thakur Girls. A ballsy heroine. A sexily scruffy and delicious hero. And a range of stellar supporting characters who make you smile, smirk and even snicker with devilish glee.Anuja Chauhan’s latest offering has it all.I just wish that the undeniably charming Samar Vir Singh and the harem-pant wearing, chamchamming nose-stud glinting Bonu Singh had more chemistry. I would definitely have loved to [...]


    24. Received the copy of this book from flipkart review programAnuja Chauhan's 'Those Pricey Thakur Girls' made me read her first novel 'Zoya's factor', so when I heard about the sequel to 'TPTG' I was excited to read it at first chance. To start with, it didn't disappoint me at all. I love books like this. Humor with emotions, they make you feel good even after reading .In the beginning, I was disappointed with the way Chauhan used hinglish, it was a bold thing, but it really grew on me as the book [...]


    25. After immensely enjoying Those Pricey Thakur Girls and that tantalizing paragraph about the sequel featuring Samar and Bonu, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the ‘The House That BJ Built’. In this much-awaited book, Anuja Chauhan focusses her imagination on society’s obsession with property, heirs and hissa(s).In a Rom-Com the expectation is an equal dosage of romance and comedy, but for me THTBB is more com-com with a random sprinkling of ‘rom’, which also, it seemed, was on budge [...]


    26. I am a fan of Anuja's books and I specially loved "Those Pricey Thakur Girls" so much so that even tortured myself through one episode of the serial they made on the book. I have been waiting for this book since the day I heard about the sequel and bought it the day kindle edition was released When you pick up a book with so much expectations one is always very scared but this one didn't disappoint thankfully. What I loved about the book most was the relationships and how they progressed over ye [...]



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