The Mythological Thrill Of The Chick Lit!


I walked into the Indian Writers section at the Landmark Book Store the other day. The Fiction area was well stocked with new material, with fancy covers with fancier titles. I flipped through a few. The jacket write ups sounded intriguing. However, and interestingly, all the books I checked out could be neatly arranged into two distinct genres – they were either of one kind or the other one.

Now, since my own book (which is going to be awesome when it is ready in 2026, as I keep telling myself) is going nowhere very slowly, I think I will need a new profession in the interim. I could become a Book Jacket Copywriter! How come? Well, one, I can make any rubbish sound exciting, and two, there are only two genres that Indians love to read anyway. So, how difficult could it be to break into this career?

As a first step towards putting together a portfolio, I have prepared two jacket templates, based on self-imagined pieces of undoubtedly brilliant fiction – one for each of the two genres I just alluded to. A little bit of edits and these templates can be universally applied to any book that is sent my way by the marketing departments at Harpers or Penguin. Hey, Folks at Harpers and Penguin, I am open for business!

2012 : Time for the pre-historic plunder to begin again!


Here’s the jacket template for the first genre. The Mythological Thriller.

The Unholy Legend of the Kamasura’s Bindu : Part I of the Aryabhata Trilogy

By Sunando Bhattacharjee

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the Kama Asuras and the Puru Asuras, the two warring kingdoms of the planet of Chirubhan were at war unto death. The Purus were defeated eventually after the 1000 year war. Amidst the pillage that followed, a band of the Purus managed to pack whatever was left of their universe in a small glass cage and sneaked their way out to a galaxy millions of light years away. They found a new home. They called it Prithvi, or Earth, and they hid there for centuries.

Cut to the present. According to the great Aryabhata’s astro-mathematical calculations, the Kama Asuras are bound to uncover the trails of their old battle adversary again in 2012. The grand prize they seek is the Puru Universe, saved inside a tiny round glass cage the size of a child’s marble. It is safe in the house of Puru Rajkumar, the anointed king, hiding in plain sight as the one-time failed actor son of a Bollywood legend. Safe, did we say? Not quite, because Puru Rajkumar’s 4 year old son just swallowed it thinking it was a marble.

As the doctors work hard to extricate the swallowed glass ball, the Kamas and the Purus are set to meet again in another royal battle for universal domination. But first, they must frisk through the badgered child’s potty and liberate the marble. And by that, we mean, the Universe. It’s a shitty task but whoever said Winning was easy? So, who will win this battle for supremacy this time?

This 279 page legend of a book will keep you up nights. Grab Part I of this historical trilogy at your nearest bookstore today! Remember, the Kamasuras are coming!

(Standard Requirements of this genre : Of course, all of the above is rubbish, doesn’t make any sense, and all that ‘history’ and ‘mythology’ has been pulled straight out of the imaginary writer’s fat ass, but, hey, at least it’s a trilogy! All Mythological Thrillers come in threes. And with a jacket as impressive as the one that I have written, readers are bound to throng bookstores to buy their copy – quite like Mika clamouring all over for a free kiss from Rakhi Sawant. By the way, since the title had to have at least two mythological names in it, one cooked-up and one sorta identifiable, I chose Kamasura and Aryabhata. Bindu, is just that boobylicious moll from 1960-70’s Bollywood, but the word fits well here, right?)  

I Love You Even More Than Too Much


On to Genre no. 2. The Chick Lit.

Da Lovisstory Of Da Miss’d Calls : (SMS : Sid Marries Shraddha) : By Loveleena Poojary Anand

Their eyes met in class and there was unbridled passion from the word go. Unfortunately, they were both seeing different people at the time. It was a complication they would cloak with their surreptitious coitus – in the bathroom, at the library, behind the refrigerator even. He would give a missed call, and she would come. She would give a missed call, and he would cum.

Endless charades later, as they were about to leave college, they discovered this was love. Their older, as-yet-unsuspecting loves were dumped (in about 3 chapters of sheer torment for everyone – and by that I really mean e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y).

Find out how amidst career, sex, parents, sex, day-to-day drudgery, sex, marriage, sex, other things and plenty of sex, Sid and Shreds find out that true love conquers everything. As they say to each other at the end of their travails, in their quaint American parlance – “If it ain’t love, it ain’t anything.” The End. Or is it just the Beginning?

This 291 page Requiem to Love is sure to rip your heart out, chop it into little pieces and then reassemble most of it back. You will find out how YOU are Sid and Shreds. A love story that spares nothing. (And no one) Get your copy TODAY!

(Standard requirements of this genre : Boy and Girl must come from (and have met at) a premier educational institution. Check. They must use Hinglish and SMS lingo liberally. Check. As mst the authr wen he/she narates de storie. Chk. Boy must be tall and handsome, with an athletic body. Check. Girl should be slim, very pretty, with “long dark lustrous hair, eyes like saucers, and a full bosom”. Absolutely. Plenty of melodrama is a must, mainly in the form of misunderstandings. Check. She smokes, and he hates that she smokes. Yup. He cooks very well. Aww, yes, yes. They must go at it like rabbits – and by that we mean p-l-e-n-t-y of pre-marital sex. Check. Her mother must be worried about her marriage. Of course. LIVE IN relationship is essential. Double check. Love triangle? Triple Check. They must be “Software Engineers” by profession. Check. Oh, and lastly, there must be plenty of the slopy writing, grammertical error and spellng mistakes. We would’nt have any it other way.)  




38 thoughts on “The Mythological Thrill Of The Chick Lit!

  1. Zephyr

    That was a perfect analysis of the current popular genres, Ricky. LOL You have your profession cut out and when your book comes out, (long before 2026) it will be superhit, because you have the genres licked 🙂

  2. janu

    WE have our own 50…err…sorry 100 shades of Vermilion and Haldi…padke lal peele ho jaayenge. Waiting for 2026.

  3. C. Suresh

    With Kamasuras already in the kitty, you got the two genres merged anyway – or have I mistaken the meaning of kama? 🙂 So what is with this 2026 business? I think you should be out with it in 2012 🙂

  4. Deenu

    My money is on the second genre. Can weave in some of the mythological stuff when you handle the parents of the lovestruck, senseless kids. I haven’t read any of the desi authors writing that genre, so will wait for your book. I maybe dead in 2026, so will appreciate said book being moved along.

    Hilarious article. I am definitely going to Landmark when I am in India next month.

    1. Rickie Khosla Post author

      Thanks for reading, Deenu!
      Hah….yes, do make that trip to Landmark or Crossword. Even if you buy just one Chick Lit, you should be able to claim you have read them all! It’s quite like watching Hindi serials 😉

  5. Ruchira

    You know I was planning on writing a tongue and cheek post on the current genres in Indian literature but then you beat me to it ! Damn I should really get off my ass and post more regularly 😛 As usual brilliantly written and very witty 🙂 . I shall not even attempt to write my post now 😛 😛

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    1. Rickie Khosla

      I actually just get scared thinking about it….I am sure my book (which will be neither genre) will sell just 2 copies – I will buy one copy…and force my mother to buy one, too!

      1. The Fool

        I am sure all you blog fans will buy it.
        I was planning to write a trilogy of the first variety. But realized it is getting so maligned that I should think of something else.

  7. Lazy Pineapple

    Quite a Sarky take on both the genres. I have yet to read any of the Indian Authors. I started reading ‘Immortals of Melhua’ but could not finish it as the language jarred my brain cells. As for chicklit, I read it only when I am in a mood for some light reading. Enjoyed your post..

  8. subhorup

    I have not read much of the fantasy fiction genre as I do not find it appealing. It does look like it might turn out to be India’s fourth largest contribution to world literature, after the epics, the gita, and tagore. Thanks for the checklist, I still have a long way to go to measure up with the masters of the chic klit genre, my writing barely gets to the halfway mark. Not sure which direction to go, forward or backward.

    1. Rickie Khosla Post author

      Well, going by the writings on your blog, it doesn’t matter what genre you choose, the results will be great! If you are indeed on planning on writing a book, I hope you do so soon. I shall look forward to it.
      Thanks for the comment!

  9. Mil

    This story made my day. Standard requirements of this genre: ….Yup. He cooks very well. Aww, yes, yes. They must go at it like rabbits – and by that we mean p-l-e-n-t-y of pre-marital sex…This is hilarious!

  10. ghatasinghal

    I almost fell off my chair laughing…brilliant take on the genres!!!
    BTW….I am planning my book release in the same year (2026) 😉 We ll try and spare each other’s books..what say? 😉


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