There are two kinds of writers – one who writes for the masses and the other who writes for the sake of storytelling. This article is about the first kind. Apparently, the writers of Indian pop fiction prefer to see the world not through their eyes or from the notion of actual females, but from the perspective of the male reproductive organ. The female characters in most of their novels turn out to be superficially sexy, uncertain about themselves, think of themselves as being secondary to men and apparently have as much grey matter as does an ostrich.
They glorify the typical male mentality that we repeatedly see in the masala movies. In fact, their novels are less bookish and more so resemble a typical Bollywood script, where the woman is seen through the male gaze, seems to be quite happy at being objectified and ticks off every cliche of womanhood possible.
Here are such excerpts and dialogues from the books of 4 authors that not only reduces women to their biology and depict them as airheads but are absolutely cringe-worthy!
1. Chetan Bhagat
“Deti hai to de varna kat le.” – Half Girlfriend
“Say that to my mother. She stays up at night wondering about who will marry me with this skin colour.” – One Indian Girl
“Pretty girls behave best when you ignore them. Of course, they have to know you are ignoring them, for otherwise, they may not even know you exist.” – 2 States
“Why should any guy want to be only friends with a girl? It’s like agreeing to be near a chocolate cake and never eat it. It’s like sitting in a racing car but not driving it.” – 2 States
“She is too intelligent to be a good daughter-in-law” – 2 States
“Ignore girls and they can’t leave you alone.” – Half Girlfriend
“Expensive underwear can make any woman look sexy, a little voice in my head said. Some men in the past had called me sexy, but they could have been biased. Why am I always so hard on myself? Why couldn’t they have genuinely found me sexy? Well, it didn’t matter now. I would be undressing in front of a new man soon.” – One Indian Girl
“How can a girl admit she is thinking about kissing? Isn’t that what super-sluts do?” – One Indian Girl
“One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I’ve had sex. Now if I was a guy you would be okay with all of this. But since I am a girl these three things don’t really make me too likeable, do they?” – One Indian Girl
“When I hugged her again, she said, ‘This is wrong.’
‘I know’ I said, ‘but I can’t stop.’ My hand reached for her shirt buttons.
‘No,’ she said and gripped that hand hard.
I slid my other hand under her shirt. Thank god, men have two hands; nobody could make out otherwise. My palm was, at last, on her breast.” – Revolution 2020
2. Durjoy Datta
“I know you love me. Yes, you try to get me naked half of the time, but I love you for that too. you are my boyfriend and it’s always great to have a boyfriend who gets turned on by a mere touch. Makes life a lot easier.” – If It’s Not Forever, It’s Not Love
“‘There’s no way that’s going viral. People are going to sh*t all over the song and forget it. I will have to pull a Poonam Pandey to get views on that song,’ growls Karthika as she wrests a cigarette from one of the recording guys and takes a long drag.” – Of Course I Love You…Till I Find Someone Better
” No matter how much she tried to show how tough and brave she was from the outside, from the inside, she was soft and mushy, like melted vanilla ice cream.” – She Broke Up I Didn’t…I Just Kissed Someone Else
3. Ravinder Singh
“Once a month, only for a few days, my charming sweetheart transforms into a furious avatar.” – Can Love Happen Twice?
4. Sudeep Nagarkar
“You are our sex toy. We will use you as our vibrator until we derive pleasure in earning profits from you. Once we learn that you are of no use and you are not giving the pleasure we need, we will kick you or throw you in a dustbin as we throw a condom in dustbin after sex.” – It Started With A Friend Request