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Indian novels you should never read

Chetan Bhagat

It’s indeed an encouraging thing to know that Indians—the middle class Indians—are finally shelling out some of their earnings to buy books, especially fiction. However, it is painful to know that most of them spend on fiction which does not stand a chance to be read. It is often seen that many of the readers, who’ve mistakenly spent time and money on sub-standard books, crib later. The reason is pretty obvious. The bookstores are replete with novels that suffer from the poverty of imagination, poor plot, fragile story and even bad language. In order to help readers, we’ve prepared a naïve list of Indian novels that do not even deserve a glance, forget about reading them to the last page. This list is aimed at warning the readers and rubbing the authors hard. The time is appropriate that the readers start to graduate to the next level and spend their money on books that boast value.

Revolution 2020 (by Chetan Bhagat)
Chetan Bhagat has disappointed with this book of his. He, however, has sold a record copies of the book. We did not meet a single reader of the book who was not disappointed. Some of them even used the f-word. Don’t go by the reviews on Flipkart or any other online story. They are all made up, fake and untrue. Our advise is a clear No.

One Night @ the Call Centre (by Chetan Bhagat)
While this novel deals with the sensibilities of the call centre workers in India, it was no more than a pathetic display of a rotten Bollywood script. Indeed a very bad read. Like many of his books the scenes look stolen, vaguely known from movies. Humble request! Don’t read!

Arranged Love (by Parul Mittal)
Suhaani, the protagonist, of Arranged Love is one of the worst characters you would like to read about. It is a story that has no substantial beginning, no middle to keep you intact and no end to make you feel that you’ve read a story. It’s a pigmy version of a middle-class marriage drama, which will create nausea in you as you’ll turn the pages.

Can Love Happen Twice? & I Too Had A Love Story (By Ravinder Singh)
Can Love Happen Twice and I Too Had a Love Story, boast of a clean and simple love stories. But the truth is way beyond these words. It is so simple and clean that you should not spend money on. If not convinced, a synopsis of the novels will reveal the truth.

Never Say Goodbye (By Rajiv Seth)
No words can criticise this novel. I leave it to you to decide. The title interprets everything to the wise.

Mistakes Like Love and Sex (By Madhuri Banerjee)
This is yet another novel which gives you nothing new. Only an old tale, rubbed behind a new cover, is served on the platter.

Delhi Stopover (By Tulika Mehrotra)
How would you react to a story which claims a unique insight into the glamorous but extremely demanding world of modeling? Let me know your reaction. I wish to copy that as well.

The list of novels is endless. We would love our readers to share their feedback and experiences about various novels they have read and so disliked.



  1. Thanks for sharing the list. Unfortunately I bought “I Too Had A Love Story (By Ravinder Singh)”. Very simple…popcorn romance… can be read on rent. Definately not a Reader’s Collection 😀

    • I’ve seen it quite a lot in my friend circle. But anyway, through The Literary Yard I’m trying to increase awareness about good literature. You can also share any of your works, if you want.

  2. I agree with your choice here. I had the misfortune of reading most of these. Infact , the only novel worth recommending for a one time read would be Two States. But that’s my personal take.
    Another one to add here would be Zero Percentile. Its title tells u how much to expect!

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