The works of Chetan Bhagat invariably have that glue, which makes you stick on to the book from beginning to end. One Arranged Murder carries the same stigma. This book has many similarities to his previous book, 'The Girl in Room No 105'; in the presentation style, Characters, and the suspense. Keshav and Saurabh, the two friends, are connected to Prena, who got murdered on a 'Karva Chauth' Day. The journey of both the friends who parallelly run a low profile detective agency towards reaching the culprit is the novel's entire essence.Romance, family dramas, and little suspense supplement the presentation. Most of the suspects being part of the family and intimate friends, add more punch to the novel.
All the highlights of Chethan Bhagaths' books are evident in this book too. The simple language, humor, close resemblance with the most modern youth habits and styles, and rhythmic narration are also the specialties in this book. While reading each chapter, you will feel that this chapter's character is the villain, which is recurring until the end of the book.
The quote that I got precious from this book is between Keshav and Saurabh, "Love seemed elusive to us, but we had something else.We had friendship, which in many ways is even more beautiful than love".
The book will be an entertainer for both amateurs as well as seasoned readers who adore novels. The book with 303 pages is rated at Rs 225.
Chetan Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth and issues based on national development.
Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading MNCs and other institutions. He quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing.
In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history". Bhagat, a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author.
My rating 4.3 out of 5