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Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship? ‘Ever since you found Prerna, I lost my best friend’ is what I told Saurabh. Hi, this is Keshav, and Saurabh, my best friend, flatmate, colleague and business pa Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship? ‘Ever since you found Prerna, I lost my best friend’ is what I told Saurabh. Hi, this is Keshav, and Saurabh, my best friend, flatmate, colleague and business partner, won’t talk to me. Because I made fun of him and his fiancée. Saurabh and Prerna will be getting married soon. It is an arranged marriage. However, there is more cheesy romance between them than any love-marriage couple. On Karva Chauth, she fasted for him. She didn’t eat all day. In the evening, she called him and waited on the terrace for the moon and for Saurabh to break her fast. Excited, Saurabh ran up the steps of her three-storey house. But when he reached… Welcome to One Arranged Murder, an unputdownable thriller from India’s highest-selling author. A story about love, friendship, family and crime, it will keep you entertained and hooked right till the end.


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Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship? ‘Ever since you found Prerna, I lost my best friend’ is what I told Saurabh. Hi, this is Keshav, and Saurabh, my best friend, flatmate, colleague and business pa Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship? ‘Ever since you found Prerna, I lost my best friend’ is what I told Saurabh. Hi, this is Keshav, and Saurabh, my best friend, flatmate, colleague and business partner, won’t talk to me. Because I made fun of him and his fiancée. Saurabh and Prerna will be getting married soon. It is an arranged marriage. However, there is more cheesy romance between them than any love-marriage couple. On Karva Chauth, she fasted for him. She didn’t eat all day. In the evening, she called him and waited on the terrace for the moon and for Saurabh to break her fast. Excited, Saurabh ran up the steps of her three-storey house. But when he reached… Welcome to One Arranged Murder, an unputdownable thriller from India’s highest-selling author. A story about love, friendship, family and crime, it will keep you entertained and hooked right till the end.

30 review for One Arranged Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    Summary (Throwback Review) This novel tells the story of two young detectives Keshav and Saurabh. Prerna (Saurabh's fiancée) gets murdered on the day of Karwa Chauth in her own house amid all the celebrations. Can Keshav and Saurabh find out the killer? This forms the nub of this story. Three things I learned from this book 1) Mistranslation of Carpe diem in 21st century If you ask me to describe this novel in one sentence, I can say that the mistranslation of the Latin aphorism carp Summary (Throwback Review) This novel tells the story of two young detectives Keshav and Saurabh. Prerna (Saurabh's fiancée) gets murdered on the day of Karwa Chauth in her own house amid all the celebrations. Can Keshav and Saurabh find out the killer? This forms the nub of this story. Three things I learned from this book 1) Mistranslation of Carpe diem in 21st century If you ask me to describe this novel in one sentence, I can say that the mistranslation of the Latin aphorism carpe diem to the millennials and the wrong interpretation of it by them forms the crux of this story. We can see one of the main characters in this novel so much influenced by this mistranslation, which led the character even to tattoo it on the side of the chest. What Roman poet Horace meant by Carpe diem is to "Pluck the day" just like plucking a fully ripened fruit. Gathering or plucking flowers or fruits is a gentler image of enjoyment than the forceful and violent interpolation of "Seize the day." One of the main reasons for this mistranslation was the movie Dead Poet's Society, which stars Robin Williams as an inspiring English teacher at an all-boys prep school. "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary", William's character says in the movie. "Seizing the day brings up images of people taking what they can get, people who can get things done — active, self-reliant individuals who are agents in pursuit of their own happiness, reflected in the #YOLO-infused, instant-gratification-obsessed consumer culture that exhorts us to 'Just Do It' by buying products. Even life experiences have become commodities in a world where people can no longer afford to buy a place to live. We're encouraged instead to buy into precarious economic lifestyles celebrated by ad campaigns like freelance startup Fiverr's 'You eat a coffee for lunch … Sleep deprivation is your drug of choice. You might be a doer.' This is the 'carpe diem' aesthetic of a modern world of aggressive action, not all that different from the 'work till you drop' mentality of industrialism." Chi Luu (NLP researcher about the consequences of the mistranslation of carpe diem in the 21st century) "Hijacking of Carpe diem is an existential crime of the century- and one we have barely noticed" - Roman Krznaric (Australian Philosopher) I am sure Chetan Bhagat might have thought about this angle of carpe diem while writing this novel. As he was well aware that he was writing a murder mystery and not literary fiction, he didn't dive deep into it even when it formed this novel's central theme. 2) Difference between Normal grief and Depression after breakup This is a very serious topic to be discussed among the millennials. We can see one of the characters deluded by his own conscience saying in this novel, "After the break-up, she was in depression for six months. It was not the depression that needed treatment. But she was sad for a long time." This is the common mistake that everyone makes nowadays. Misinterpreting normal grief as depression. We should be able to distinguish between normal grief and depression as the latter needs medical treatment to cure it. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM- 5) delineates the criteria for diagnosing depression. I am enclosing it below. If you cannot distinguish between normal grief and depression, I request you to seek professional help from a Doctor. Depression is a severe condition that should be treated as early as possible. 3) Intellectualism in real life According to the Cambridge Dictionary, intellectualism is, "the ability to think about or discuss a subject in a detailed and intelligent way, without involving your emotions or feelings" The nuances in the interpretation of intellectualism and its negative implication of single-mindedness of purpose, causing emotional coldness are critical in modern society, especially for erudite. Due to this, many professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Researchers, and many others consider people as just cases instead of real human beings with emotions. The author perfectly portrays that we should be cautious about intellectualism's negative connotations during our conversations through this novel. "I am just curious about the case. We can't just drop it. In fact, things have become more complex and interesting.", Keshav said. “Is that all this is to you? An interesting puzzle? You realize there are people with real emotions here?,” Saurabh shouted back” My favourite lines from this book "It is funny how you forget fights and automatically switch back to caring mode when your best friend really needs you" "I am afraid of liking you too much and not knowing what to do with it" "One of the signs that you've planned a murder well is that people find it hard to believe you did it even after you confess" "Yes, Buddha said," What's better? The mosquito doesn't bite you at all, or that it does and you get to scratch it?" Think about it ” Rating 4/5 This is a fast-paced murder mystery and surprisingly good compared to his previous few books. (I loved Chetan Bhagat's initial few novels (while I was not too fond of his last few ones like Revolution 2020 (which even his ardent fans didn't like)). I request Chetan Bhagat to be more careful about what the protagonist is telling in his novels. I did not like the protagonist behaving like body-shaming tendency is something very normal in this world. Chetan Bhagat had dealt with some vital topics in this book. But he decided not to go deep into those topics as it might not be palatable to the target audience of this book and had to stick to the formula for a murder mystery so that the narrative flow won't be thwarted. Despite these small snags, I loved the experience of reading this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nikkila

    A modern day Agatha Christie's Crooked House with a mix of typical Indian family drama! It is amazing how sometimes I forgot the murder in all of the drama that went on. :P Loved the ending! Definitely, there was an "aha" moment for me. I did not see that brilliant twist coming!! A murder in a rich joint family and all family members are suspects. Sounds too familiar? But, I have to accept that the author had executed it in a very unique manner. The story is true to its Indian setting and captures A modern day Agatha Christie's Crooked House with a mix of typical Indian family drama! It is amazing how sometimes I forgot the murder in all of the drama that went on. :P Loved the ending! Definitely, there was an "aha" moment for me. I did not see that brilliant twist coming!! A murder in a rich joint family and all family members are suspects. Sounds too familiar? But, I have to accept that the author had executed it in a very unique manner. The story is true to its Indian setting and captures the day to day life in Delhi beautifully. Funny at times but some jokes were in extremely poor taste. [I will get to this later] Saurabh and Keshav who are private detectives set out to solve the murder of Saurabh's fiance. We have a murder in the first two chapters, then a bunch of chapters for investigation. It was interesting in the beginning, but once the investigation took the usual "life insurance" angle, I was losing patience. After a chunk of dull chapters, the ending was indeed satisfying. There were two instances where the detectives sneak into someone's room/ office to collect evidence. It required a lot of suspension of disbelief yet enjoyable. Chetan Bhagat and his stereotypes need no introduction. I did not understand what was with all the fat shaming in this book? As mentioned in the book,"it is not wrong to call a fat person as fat". I would have forgiven if it was used just once (maybe). But, seriously that occurred too many times to just let it go. The author did it again and again throughout the pages and it showed poor taste. Honestly, Chetan Bhagat needs to treat his readers better than that. I don't think anyone enjoys such regressive silly jokes in this day and age. Overall, a well executed murder mystery [or should I say murder-drama?] I would have loved it more (and given four stars) if the author had showed some maturity while trying to be funny.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sankalpita (bookGeeks India)

    Not bad. It is fast-paced, has all the drama one can expect from a Chetan Bhagat book, and has a convincing mystery. It is a book that is easy to read and is meant for the masses. Obviously, not the best mystery and thriller, and certainly not even the amongst 'Best 50 Thrillers' I've read, but by Chetan Bhagat standards, it is a decent book. Not bad. It is fast-paced, has all the drama one can expect from a Chetan Bhagat book, and has a convincing mystery. It is a book that is easy to read and is meant for the masses. Obviously, not the best mystery and thriller, and certainly not even the amongst 'Best 50 Thrillers' I've read, but by Chetan Bhagat standards, it is a decent book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Chetan Bhagat's second crime thriller, One Arranged Murder, following his well-liked work, 'Girl in Room 105' is okayish. He strives to build up a narrative, including twists and plots, in the belief that it becomes transformed into a blockbuster Bollywood film. But the central crux of penning a novel in the first place, to relish reading it, is all wasted in the process. At least such an approach is staggering of a 'best-selling' artist. Chetan Bhagat's novel-writing is too simplistic. Anyone wh Chetan Bhagat's second crime thriller, One Arranged Murder, following his well-liked work, 'Girl in Room 105' is okayish. He strives to build up a narrative, including twists and plots, in the belief that it becomes transformed into a blockbuster Bollywood film. But the central crux of penning a novel in the first place, to relish reading it, is all wasted in the process. At least such an approach is staggering of a 'best-selling' artist. Chetan Bhagat's novel-writing is too simplistic. Anyone who grasps essential English can understand his stories, a big plus point for a nation like India, where not everyone might be capable of knowing fluent English. One thing that puzzled me is his knowledge of female attire, make-up, and color differentiation, unheard of in men. It's not a book you would desire to see forward to if you are a hardcore crime thriller follower.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ankita Goswami

    2.5/5 I read the first 32 Chapters (50% of the book), and then stopped because the shallow, fat-shaming and annoying protagonist, Keshav, was getting on my nerves. I couldn't take another second of him, a 'man' in his late-20s, calling his fat friend 'Golu', and shaming and judging every fat person in the book and their eating habits. If the "light-heartedness" of a book depends entirely on immature jokes cracked at the cost of "heavier" people, then I do not get ANY joy out of reading that book 2.5/5 I read the first 32 Chapters (50% of the book), and then stopped because the shallow, fat-shaming and annoying protagonist, Keshav, was getting on my nerves. I couldn't take another second of him, a 'man' in his late-20s, calling his fat friend 'Golu', and shaming and judging every fat person in the book and their eating habits. If the "light-heartedness" of a book depends entirely on immature jokes cracked at the cost of "heavier" people, then I do not get ANY joy out of reading that book. It's a shame because I was quite liking the 'mystery' aspect of the story. The 'mystery' had an Agatha-Christie-Meets-Balaji-Telefilms vibe that I was completely onboard with. I generally like the 'Someone in the family did it!' kind of mystery, so I read the last 4 chapters to find out which backstabbing family member killed Prerna and why. The ending was fairly predictable and *obviously* dramatic, but I didn't mind that at all, because it was also quite satisfactory. If only Chetan Bhagat's protagonist was less of an ass, I would have probably finished the entire book and rated it one star higher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    The introduction to the novel is a great emotional acknowledgement by India's best selling author. He writes- 'Congratulations-You picked bu a book! You left YouTube, Instagram, Facebook pr whatever exciting stuff we have on our phones and picked up a book. And you picked up my book-so than you for that". This is his first attempt at a Crime and Mystery genre and he comes up with a first rate thriller. In typical Chetan Bhagat style, the plot revolves around a Punjabi family settled in Delhi. Th The introduction to the novel is a great emotional acknowledgement by India's best selling author. He writes- 'Congratulations-You picked bu a book! You left YouTube, Instagram, Facebook pr whatever exciting stuff we have on our phones and picked up a book. And you picked up my book-so than you for that". This is his first attempt at a Crime and Mystery genre and he comes up with a first rate thriller. In typical Chetan Bhagat style, the plot revolves around a Punjabi family settled in Delhi. Those of us who are from Delhi can identify with most of the places in the novel where 'action'takes place. The story line is gripping and holds your complete attention. And when the murderer is revealed in the end you are left wondering at the brilliance of the plot. With this novel Chetan has once again proved that he has no match in Indian publishing scene when it comes to writing what Young India wants. Brilliant read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Chetan Bhagat and the mystery of his bestsellers! I should probably do a post on only that😊 There’s a reason why this author’s books have always held the No.1 position in the list of bestsellers in India. There could be 1000’s reasons that can be studied to the minutest details, some love his writing, majority disses him but the simple truth is that he succeeds in getting readers to read his work no matter what and if that is not the mark of a successful author, I have no idea what is! I have a lo Chetan Bhagat and the mystery of his bestsellers! I should probably do a post on only that😊 There’s a reason why this author’s books have always held the No.1 position in the list of bestsellers in India. There could be 1000’s reasons that can be studied to the minutest details, some love his writing, majority disses him but the simple truth is that he succeeds in getting readers to read his work no matter what and if that is not the mark of a successful author, I have no idea what is! I have a love-hate relationship with this author, some books I have loved immensely, some have disappointed me beyond words. Now, where does One Arranged Murder stand? What worked wonderfully: *The friendship between Keshav and Saurabh, Chetan Bhagath has always been exceptional in creating these excellent relationships between friends that is quite enviable. Keshav and Saurabh as a team are a hoot. *The sarcastic dry humor sometimes self-deprecating, that was hilarious. *The mouth-watering delicacies that are mentioned in the book, no seriously, there’s quite a lot of food being discussed in the story that half the time I waiting to see what food will pop up now whilst reading *The dysfunctional family dynamics adds a dark mystery to the story. What failed miserably: *The MYSTERY of the murder, fans of thrillers are gonna catch the whiff of the killer from a mile away, it is probably the WHY that would be a bit surprising. *The character of the villain is more promising and exciting than the main two protagonists which was sad. As my friend told me, it is Chetan Bhagat, don’t expect a mind-numbing thriller. It is just FUN! 3.5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ for entertainment. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, and Twitter.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devanshi

    So apparently Chetan Bhagat has realised that incorrect and the old typical representation of Indian characters and relationship is not something that most people like. There goes a mystery again after the success of the last one which I liked more than any of his books..

  9. 5 out of 5

    Saumya

    My Review : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bJU8-k3... My Review : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bJU8-k3...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Musharrat Zahin

    Total 8 people requested me to review 'One Arranged Murder', so I read this book. And it SUCKS, shitty as expected. A typical Ekta Kapoor's Indian serial story with lots of drama and body shaming. A similar plot like 'The Girl in The Room 105', slow-paced, predictable, average amount of thriller. I will NOT suggest you read this book. N E V E R. Total 8 people requested me to review 'One Arranged Murder', so I read this book. And it SUCKS, shitty as expected. A typical Ekta Kapoor's Indian serial story with lots of drama and body shaming. A similar plot like 'The Girl in The Room 105', slow-paced, predictable, average amount of thriller. I will NOT suggest you read this book. N E V E R.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sanjana

    Chetan attempts to do a Christie and doesn't do it too badly. If you are a Agatha Christie fan, you know how she brilliantly gives almost every damn character in the book some motivation to murder and in the end it turns out to be the least likely one of them. Bhagat also sort of does that, although not as smoothly as Christie. Not a bad book for some time-pass. Chetan attempts to do a Christie and doesn't do it too badly. If you are a Agatha Christie fan, you know how she brilliantly gives almost every damn character in the book some motivation to murder and in the end it turns out to be the least likely one of them. Bhagat also sort of does that, although not as smoothly as Christie. Not a bad book for some time-pass.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dhwani

    Two friends One of them is to get married His fiancee dies on karva chauth night by falling from the terrace Is it a murder or an accident? Okay, I enjoyed the drama CB has portrayed throughout. That's what his skill lies in. Lots of funny one liners too. I liked the writing. However, didn't like the fat shaming in the book. If you consider it a part of the character, then it can be pushed aside but it happens almost every 10 pages. Now, the mystery part was fine; it could've been better. It wou Two friends One of them is to get married His fiancee dies on karva chauth night by falling from the terrace Is it a murder or an accident? Okay, I enjoyed the drama CB has portrayed throughout. That's what his skill lies in. Lots of funny one liners too. I liked the writing. However, didn't like the fat shaming in the book. If you consider it a part of the character, then it can be pushed aside but it happens almost every 10 pages. Now, the mystery part was fine; it could've been better. It would be a good book for a dramatic murder mystery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rajesh

    Better than his other books but still an average whodunit with a predictable suspense. A rich punjabi girl, engaged to be married to Saurabh, one of the partners of the detective firm dies due to a fall from her terrace and they have to find out if it was accident or murder. The English is so-so, better than his previous books but still at times feels like a literal Hindi-English translation. Phrases like "Nothing you know" grind on the cerebral cortex. Overall a good reading for a casual weekend Better than his other books but still an average whodunit with a predictable suspense. A rich punjabi girl, engaged to be married to Saurabh, one of the partners of the detective firm dies due to a fall from her terrace and they have to find out if it was accident or murder. The English is so-so, better than his previous books but still at times feels like a literal Hindi-English translation. Phrases like "Nothing you know" grind on the cerebral cortex. Overall a good reading for a casual weekend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pulkit Tiwari

    Lack narrative consistency, character depth, plot points to carry the story forward. Close to a masala movie with simplistic treatment of many themes packed into suspense. Not nessesarily a fan of criticism for Chetan just for the heck of it, and also conscious of the fact that I might not be in his target audience set - hence comparing it to his own work standards, this has ambition & challenge for him in attempting the genre but lacks any moment of depth or clarity of the world he approaches. Lack narrative consistency, character depth, plot points to carry the story forward. Close to a masala movie with simplistic treatment of many themes packed into suspense. Not nessesarily a fan of criticism for Chetan just for the heck of it, and also conscious of the fact that I might not be in his target audience set - hence comparing it to his own work standards, this has ambition & challenge for him in attempting the genre but lacks any moment of depth or clarity of the world he approaches. A lot is half baked in it :) hoping he finds moment of truth and inspiration to write for himself again

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonali Dabade

    3.5 stars! Full review up on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQiZk... 3.5 stars! Full review up on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQiZk...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sakshi Gupta

    Every Chetan Bhagat Book reminds me of the desire of why I ever started reading. His characters are always relatable. Like you have a best friend, or a cousin, or neighbor, or bestie's fiancee, or someone you know like one of the characters. I got a signed copy on the day of the book release, so that was a first for me. Ok, talking about the book. If you have read Chetan Bhagat in the past you will understand this. "it is a typical Chetan Bhagat Book". What I mean is - 1)you don't have to sit with Every Chetan Bhagat Book reminds me of the desire of why I ever started reading. His characters are always relatable. Like you have a best friend, or a cousin, or neighbor, or bestie's fiancee, or someone you know like one of the characters. I got a signed copy on the day of the book release, so that was a first for me. Ok, talking about the book. If you have read Chetan Bhagat in the past you will understand this. "it is a typical Chetan Bhagat Book". What I mean is - 1)you don't have to sit with the dictionary,  2)you would want to finish reading this in one go. (I took two nights since I read on weekdays after work),  3)There is no eye-opener, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking moments. You just enjoy reading it out of curiosity and the juiciness.  I don't want to send out spoilers since this is a new book and I would let people buy their copy and judge. But I had a lot of exciting and relatable moments, as the story is set up in NCR. I have visited the Bikaners and Haldirams they are talking about. The metro stations of "Okla NSIC" and "Sukdev Vihar" was once my daily committing stations. The "New Friends colony" is one of my favorite places and I used to visit the market almost every other day after work specially in winter for chai, momos, or hot milk. The mention of the "Fifty shades" Trilogy and all 3 movies are on my admired list. It was a good break for me after reading some serious books in a row.  I would just want to conclude with this. "Love it or hate it, you can't miss a Chetan Bhagat book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BiblioManiacs

    'One Arranged Murder' is a sequel to the previous novel of Chetan Bhagat, 'The Girl In Room No. 105' with the same two characters Keshav and Saurabh ready to solve another murder case. After solving their first case and setting up an investigation agency, both of them found themselves tangled in another mystery, this time even threatening to rip off their friendship. Saurabh was set to marry his dream girl, Prerna- an arranged marriage nonetheless. There was some cheesy romance between the two a 'One Arranged Murder' is a sequel to the previous novel of Chetan Bhagat, 'The Girl In Room No. 105' with the same two characters Keshav and Saurabh ready to solve another murder case. After solving their first case and setting up an investigation agency, both of them found themselves tangled in another mystery, this time even threatening to rip off their friendship. Saurabh was set to marry his dream girl, Prerna- an arranged marriage nonetheless. There was some cheesy romance between the two as she decided to keep Karwa Chauth for him before their wedding and when Saurabh reached the terrace to break her fast, the disaster had already struck. The next turn of events changes his life completely as he finds his fiancée dead under mysterious circumstances opening up the best friends' detective minds once again, this time with some typical Indian family drama. "Yes. I realize there's no point living life like a machine. Humans have emotions. You do. I do. One can't deny them forever." Although it is a sequel, both the books are not really connected except for the two characters, so you can read it even if you haven't read the previous one. Coming to the story, it manages to keep your suspense growing throughout the story i.e. you would keep guessing and won't get bored as many readers presume in Chetan Bhagat's Books. The writing style is easy, simple, witty, and humorous in between with some intense dramatic scenes of a Punjabi joint family, you can relate to every drama unfolding if you are an Indian. The killer was a bit predictable after the completion of the initial few chapters, but still, the ending and the motive was justified through the twist (which wasn't a twist for me at all!!). Like many other readers, the 'body shaming' parts were irritating and annoying for me as well, especially when it comes from the protagonist himself. Otherwise, it was a fast-paced, one sitting book having wretched mystery and thrill with the taste of a high melodramatic family where everyone is a suspect and has a motive behind killing her, it was exciting to see how the mystery unfurled itself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lepakshi

    One Arranged Murder is a sequel to The Girl in Room 105, Chetan Bhagat’s previous release. Keshav and Saurabh aren’t friends anymore. Saurabh is engaged to a woman named Prerna and are deeply in love. So much in love that even though they are only engaged, Prerna is observing a Karva Chauth fast for Saurabh. Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated mostly in North India and in it, the wife fasts throughout the day till the evening and breaks the fast after looking at the moon and her husband. The stor One Arranged Murder is a sequel to The Girl in Room 105, Chetan Bhagat’s previous release. Keshav and Saurabh aren’t friends anymore. Saurabh is engaged to a woman named Prerna and are deeply in love. So much in love that even though they are only engaged, Prerna is observing a Karva Chauth fast for Saurabh. Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated mostly in North India and in it, the wife fasts throughout the day till the evening and breaks the fast after looking at the moon and her husband. The story opens on the very day of Karva Chauth and Saurabh goes over to Prerna’s place and goes up to the terrace where she is supposed to be waiting to see him and the moon and break her fast. But upon reaching the terrace, Prerna is nowhere to be found. Turns out Prerna has fallen off the terrace and died. While a lot of people believe it to be an accident (even her post-mortem reports don’t point at a murder), Keshav, Saurabh and a few others strongly believe it to be a murder and the duo are determined to get to the bottom of the case. I liked the second-half of the book better than the first half. The first half is slightly monotonous with very little exciting things going on, but the second half is packed with unexpected twists, turns, secrets, discoveries and more! The climax was also executed wonderfully and I really liked how the motive of the killer was not something cliche`. I did not like the writing style much… I felt the author could have done a better job in adding the elements of suspense, thrill, mystery, etc. . I also felt the author did a very poor job in portraying Saurabh’s emotions when it came to the death of the woman he loved. I also really don’t understand why there was so much body-shaming in the book… It was a good mystery and I can say I really liked it! I enjoyed reading it, and I definitely liked it better than The Girl in Room 105…

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ameya Joshi

    I read this because as I told myself - it's important to stay attuned to the zeitgeist of modern India. I only speak half in jest - yes, I needed an 'light' read for an extended weekend break. But I also do feel that #CBag has got his pulse on the India of "the moment" quite well and represents that in his stories in an unpretentious and uncomplicated way. So I hoped to pick up something as I move further away from 'youth' territory into adulthood. Also the last book of his I read was Revolution I read this because as I told myself - it's important to stay attuned to the zeitgeist of modern India. I only speak half in jest - yes, I needed an 'light' read for an extended weekend break. But I also do feel that #CBag has got his pulse on the India of "the moment" quite well and represents that in his stories in an unpretentious and uncomplicated way. So I hoped to pick up something as I move further away from 'youth' territory into adulthood. Also the last book of his I read was Revolution 2020 almost 9 years ago, so would be good to get off of my moral high horse and re-acquainted. Besides I never quite get the hate for him as an author. As an 'intellectual' he's annoying AF (as one of his characters would say), a know-it-all who flows with the tide and therefore not someone I particularly aspire to look up to. But as an author - well he's birthed an entire genre within India - and AFAIK he does that genre better than most of the copies which've come behind him (I found the only Durjoy Dutta I read far inferior). Sure it's no Arundhati Roy but then the expectations have always been clear and the demographic to which his work appeals to is also chalked out in a way that an FMCG marketing dept. would be proud. So yes. Coming back to 'One Arranged Murder'. It is - exactly what I expected it to be. Gets to the 'murder' in the plot pretty quickly. Lays out relatable characters - protagonists and others - in an uncomplicated way. No problem is too tough for our heroes to think of a way around, in creative ways (hide in a cupboard, use cigarettes to set off the fire alarm etc.) but nothing James Bond-ish which we couldn't pull off ourselves. Sure none of these would probably work in real life, but they're all plausible enough to suspend disbelief and move on. Nice predictable feint at the end with the solution before the real solution which comes with a twist. Also what I seem to now remember as a staple in all his books - some ridiculous logic helping towards the deduction. Partial spoiler : get this - women apparently leave love bites on their lovers bodies in the same patterns which is a give-away in this plot!). #CBag puts in all the stuff young urban India thinks about (or that middle aged men assume young urban India thinks about - Tinder, Zomato, Uber, corporate decks where you only make powerpoint 'pitches', creative liberal people obsessing about stuff no one cares about, a guy who believes in love v/s one who believes in sex, jibes etc. etc. Also I think with this change to a detective genre (complete with 2 guys in a corporate job who have a side gig as their own agency) - there is a bit of appeal to Enid Blyton fans who are now grown up where all of us visualized ourselves as Famous Fives and Secret Sevens. Sometimes I think he starts plotting the movie cast even before he's finished with the book. Do read if : you want a quick read and an uncomplicated whodunit in a relatable milieu Don't read if : You're expecting anything different from his previous works. Chetan Bhagat the writer has clearly not evolved at all in the last 16 since I read '5 point something' back in junior college

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sulav

    I don’t know why people dislike him. He writes so simply and engages the reader. Even if the content is not substantial its not bad either; his books are good for light reading once in a while. I would have given it a 3.5 but this book was highly highly engaging. Fastest book I have read so far So I gave it an extra half point.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vivek

    Hooter: An Agatha Christie whodunnit with ample helpings of desi tadka. Chetan Bhagat isn't a literary genius but he knows the pulse of the average Indian aspiring to be part of the English literature milieu. His books while sticking to simple English are always filled with relatable Indian places and concepts starting from his Five Point Someone. This makes his book fast and light reads - sort of like watching sitcoms on TV, you don't walk away with anything new but that was never the plan. This Hooter: An Agatha Christie whodunnit with ample helpings of desi tadka. Chetan Bhagat isn't a literary genius but he knows the pulse of the average Indian aspiring to be part of the English literature milieu. His books while sticking to simple English are always filled with relatable Indian places and concepts starting from his Five Point Someone. This makes his book fast and light reads - sort of like watching sitcoms on TV, you don't walk away with anything new but that was never the plan. This is him trying his hand at whodunnit murder mysteries as a series focusing on Keshav and Saurabh, this time including Saurabh's fiance Prerna in the mix. Without giving much away if you are looking for a quick read on a lazy Saturday afternoon, you can go about sleuthing but like any Agatha Christie book, expect some twists and turns. I figured the culprit somewhere in the middle of the book, but only got the reason partially as CB threw a few more twists and turns to the mix. He does pretty well on this front and being an Agatha Christie fan, I feel he's done well for himself in attempting that genre. He's also made sure there is enough content for a Bollywood director to feel inspired and convert this onto the big screen with a joint family setting where everyone has a shady past and is suspect. Obviously there is a lot of drama added in the setting of locales around Delhi. What I am completely clueless about though is the emphasis on weight of some of the characters in the book with repeated references. If he was trying to increase the humour quotient, totally backfired with these juvenile and regressive jokes. There are other ways to make the protagonist unlikeable if that was what he was trying to get at. Overall, if you need a quick breezy mindless read while waiting for your flight at the airport, this is the book for you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abhilash Ruhela

    31st Book of 2020! When it comes to Chetan Bhagat’s new releases, I have to leave everything else I have planned to read and get onto his book. I started enjoying reading as habit when I picked up his books 10 years back and since then I have always waited for his books though after first four books, I couldn’t find the same Chetan Bhagat charm in his rest of the books but still, there is still that teenage in me which loves reading him. I am just done reading his latest book- “One Arranged Murde 31st Book of 2020! When it comes to Chetan Bhagat’s new releases, I have to leave everything else I have planned to read and get onto his book. I started enjoying reading as habit when I picked up his books 10 years back and since then I have always waited for his books though after first four books, I couldn’t find the same Chetan Bhagat charm in his rest of the books but still, there is still that teenage in me which loves reading him. I am just done reading his latest book- “One Arranged Murder” which released on 28th September 2020. This is the 2nd thriller by CB after just his previous work named “The Girl in Room 105”. Chetan Bhagat’s writing style remains to be the same where he ensures that you don’t have to go to dictionary at all. He writes not to teach you English but just to tell the stories he feels like writing for the people not very good in language or just getting into the habit of reading. As the book is thriller, it needs a different kind of narration – somewhere I feel CB is not excellent but still manages to keep you intriguing to know who the killer is. I read this book in just two sittings so you can imagine the excitement level that his narration is able to keep. I liked how the murder happens in the first two chapters itself. Chetan also introduces almost all the characters within the initial chapters itself which makes you guess whom among them must be the murderer of Saurabh’s fiancée - Mostly, after the statements of all the family members are listed back to back. Keshav, as the first voice of the book, tries to decode the case from his perspective keeping us aware of his outdoing which takes the story further very interestingly. As always, CB just doesn’t let the book be all about the thrill of murder with multiple twists and turns but embeds his favorite elements of love, sex, friendship, emotions, humour, drugs, alcohols, one-night stand etc. too. All the chapters – the way they end with an open ending of a scene where the conversation is in half-stage between the characters is nicely done as rest of the scene is left for you to imagine. I liked this a lot. The one thing that I noticed even in the previous book of Bhagat is the way he has started collaborating with brands and the way he inserts them in the story this time is wonderful – in the previous book, it looked forced. This time, you will find a lot of mentions of Uber, UberEats, Oyo Rooms, Amazon, Porsche, Chayos etc. You will also find the messages that CB wants to put across such as commuting by metro over car, the corruption in police dept. where the cases are closed by framing anyone as killer or mentioning a murder as suicide altogether etc. Now, talking about the drawbacks- As this is a crime thriller, when the murderer is finally revealed, though CB has made the set-up wonderfully which works up to an extent, but the name doesn’t make you jump off but you are like – Ohh, Okay so this is it! This is something Bhagat needs to work on if he is thinking of writing more thrillers. Secondly, there are still few grammatical errors in the book – I don’t know why it gets skipped in editing when I’m sure Chetan Bhagat and Westlands must be having best resources at work. The protagonist of the book, Keshav, who is telling the story in first voice mentions the elders directly by their name which I found bit odd and disrespectful. There is a section in the book where the transfer of funds is discussed which is later not given any explanation which I found quite surprising as many pages are spent on it earlier. The fat-shaming done throughout the book becomes disgusting later on but I don’t know why author continues with it in almost every chapter. The interrogation part with the family by police – which is mentioned in the first half of the book is so basic that you just can’t digest the simplicity of it. Overall, this is a light thriller which new readers who are not much into thrillers shall enjoy. The people into crime thrillers shall find this an okay-ish attempt. I give this book 3.75* out of 5. It can be given a try. Thanks. WRITING BUDDHA

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dhathri Rayaprolu

    This is good. I thought it was a little similar to the girl in room 105 by chetan bhagat himself. I guessed the killer before it was revealed but the motives and the logics are really good. The comedy and dialogues between keshav and saurabh are good. Being a Punjabi family and all the food made my mouth water😛. The process is also so good. I would definitely love to read more of keshav and saurabh in future. 🙉🚨SPOILERS AHEAD... ALERT🚨!🙆 I really wished that the plan of murder would change.. It wa This is good. I thought it was a little similar to the girl in room 105 by chetan bhagat himself. I guessed the killer before it was revealed but the motives and the logics are really good. The comedy and dialogues between keshav and saurabh are good. Being a Punjabi family and all the food made my mouth water😛. The process is also so good. I would definitely love to read more of keshav and saurabh in future. 🙉🚨SPOILERS AHEAD... ALERT🚨!🙆 I really wished that the plan of murder would change.. It was similar to the one in "the girl in room 105" . I really like keshav and his character. I liked it very much. I can't believe keshav's luck in girls tho! 😂 To be frank i didn't like Anjali from the start.. Her character felt a little off to me. And coming to keshav he didn't have luck in women and i can understand he went all player but Anjali is whole another level , i unloved zara but i hated Anjali (though she had her own reasons for murdering her sister, her bringing up was not good and no one should go through that) I will read more of keshav and saurabh's cases and investigation in future too :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Navya Pindi

    One Arranged Murder, yet another mystery novel from Chetan Bhagat after The Girl in Room 105, is an okay read that you can finish in one sitting. The storyline is simple. Kesav and Sourab, currently working in an IT company, open a detective agency after solving a murder in the past. Sourab is about to get married, but things don't go as they expected. The flow of the book is good like the most Chetan Bhagat novels. It is a whodunnit mystery but nothing new, in my opinion. The reason for the mur One Arranged Murder, yet another mystery novel from Chetan Bhagat after The Girl in Room 105, is an okay read that you can finish in one sitting. The storyline is simple. Kesav and Sourab, currently working in an IT company, open a detective agency after solving a murder in the past. Sourab is about to get married, but things don't go as they expected. The flow of the book is good like the most Chetan Bhagat novels. It is a whodunnit mystery but nothing new, in my opinion. The reason for the murder is quite overdone in recent times, be it books or in movies. I was annoyed by the body-shaming done by Kesav so effortlessly in the book. Trying to justify the same doesn't make it okay.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Umesh Kesavan

    Chetan Bhagat keeps out of judgements on politics and relationships and restricts himself to a neat whodunnit with enough clues strewn along the way. Though the book is no patch on novels of this genre, Chetan's strength is setting such a novel in the heart of the aspirational and upper-class sections of Indian society thus inadvertently providing a sociological perspective. Chetan Bhagat keeps out of judgements on politics and relationships and restricts himself to a neat whodunnit with enough clues strewn along the way. Though the book is no patch on novels of this genre, Chetan's strength is setting such a novel in the heart of the aspirational and upper-class sections of Indian society thus inadvertently providing a sociological perspective.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anantha Narayanan

    Confused a lot, but OK he has written a murder mystery. It was good like a masala bollywood movie. The first half was better. But some part of it was rofl. Yeah whatever....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shree

    Nothing more to expect.. Just another mystery.. Probably readers expect more from the author but I don't see it the story actually reaching those levels Nothing more to expect.. Just another mystery.. Probably readers expect more from the author but I don't see it the story actually reaching those levels

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shreeja

    “Love seemed elusive to us, but we had something else. We had friendship, which in many ways is even more beautiful than love.” I know I have given a rating of 3 stars. But it’s more 2.5ish. Okay. I have this book because my friend gifted it to me. And he gifted it to me because I asked him to. You have to understand that I was a huge fan of Chetan Bhagat as a teenager. I had developed a habit of reading his books ASAP. Now I am finding it hard to get rid of this habit. You know it’s unfair how an a “Love seemed elusive to us, but we had something else. We had friendship, which in many ways is even more beautiful than love.” I know I have given a rating of 3 stars. But it’s more 2.5ish. Okay. I have this book because my friend gifted it to me. And he gifted it to me because I asked him to. You have to understand that I was a huge fan of Chetan Bhagat as a teenager. I had developed a habit of reading his books ASAP. Now I am finding it hard to get rid of this habit. You know it’s unfair how an author starts disappointing you more and more after you have fully become his fan. It’s not fair because when you become someone’s fan, there is this inbuilt loyalty in your adorations for that person’s work. And loyalties are hard to ditch just like that. Okay, enough with my whining. Let’s jump to the business. One Arranged Murder is a story of 2 detectives who were introduced in the author’s previous book – Keshav and Saurabh. Saurabh is about to get married. But two weeks before the wedding, on one fine Karva Chauth night, his fiancé is found dead on the road, as though she fell off the terrace. When people rush up to the terrace, there is no one but Saurabh. Saurabh claims he did not kill her. But then, who did? Her family believes she slipped off the roof and fell. But was it really an accident? Will Saurabh and Keshav solve this case? I would say the book was a typical Chetan Bhagat read, if not for the extra, over-the-top, filmy drama in it. I swear I felt like I was reading the script of some Hindi Soap. So it felt like I had ordered a mystery sandwich (Keshav and Saurabh being the bread slices) topped with various flavors of Drama and comedy sauce, and in the Notes, I had added “Extra drama”. Why am I explaining it this way? You will know it soon. The part that I liked about the book was the mystery. Besides the intruding family drama, there was a crime-solving theme that was really good. The killer-is-in-the-family is a very intriguing plot. And that part of the book was taken in perfect suspense and unraveled with amazing twists. Simple language, easy to read, fast-moving flow, relatable characters, guy falls for girl, girl likes him back, sex before date, as I said, cliché Chetan Bhagat’s book. It put a smile on my face sometimes. The part I did not like was the fact that the number of times the book made me smile was lesser than the number of times it gave me a face-palm reaction. 🤦 The comedy lagged humor. What does that mean you ask? You see a dialogue. You know it is a comedy. You know it was meant to make you laugh or at least smile. But all you have is 😑😒😣. As I mentioned earlier, it was like reading a few episodes of a Hindi serial about a joint family with insurmountable problems. I also felt like most of the relations lacked the basic emotions. And I felt like there was an unraised question that needs to be answered. The killer was not suspected and someone took care that the case was closed forever. But why did the killer want to reopen the case? No one knows. But the most irritating part was the fact that Keshav's character was shallow and he kept body-shaming. I don’t know if I should be mad at Keshav or Chetan Bhagat. But most of his jokes revolved around his friend who was obese and probably had an eating disorder. He described his friend and his fiancé badly and mentally made some comment every single time his friend had food, which was basically once every 2 pages. Maybe if it was occasional, it would have been funny. But no. Me, being a plus-sized person who stress-eats, hated Keshav’s guts. And the author gave just one justification at the beginning of the book, like a disclaimer, that Keshav does not have a likable character. Face-palm much?! And this has just left me thinking, was my craze for Chetan Bhagat just a lie? Did I like his books only because I was a shallow teenager? Will I hate those books if I read them now? I do not want to know. On the whole, One Arranged Murder is a cocktail of mystery and comedy that will entertain you. Pick it up if you are a fan of solving mysteries.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Varshini

    Chetan Bhagat's reading is the simplest and can inspire non-readers to read and explore more books out there in the world written by authors who don't recycle and reuse plots and characters to churn out a new book every year. I believe that sums up my review of this book that I only read because it was catching dust on my sister's shelf. Chetan Bhagat's reading is the simplest and can inspire non-readers to read and explore more books out there in the world written by authors who don't recycle and reuse plots and characters to churn out a new book every year. I believe that sums up my review of this book that I only read because it was catching dust on my sister's shelf.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Prasansa Thapa

    It's a typical Chetan Bhagat book.. It's a quick read and the purpose of the writing is like it's written to be made into a movie.. Once in a while I like to take a plunge on a quick entertaining read like this... Takes me out of reading slump Also 2 stars for the story because I have read a lot of good thrillers. 1 additional for how I was able to finish this quickly 😂🙈 It's a typical Chetan Bhagat book.. It's a quick read and the purpose of the writing is like it's written to be made into a movie.. Once in a while I like to take a plunge on a quick entertaining read like this... Takes me out of reading slump Also 2 stars for the story because I have read a lot of good thrillers. 1 additional for how I was able to finish this quickly 😂🙈

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