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Book Spotlight for “A Good Girl” by Chandana Roy

A Good Girl by Chandana Roy


Raised to be a good girl, Ellora Chatterjee lives by the rules of her orthodox society until she falls in love at seventeen and breaks several of them. The news of her romantic involvement with ROHINTON MERCHANT, a dashing batsman playing for the Indian Cricket Team, makes national headlines. Set in India and America, it is the story of Ellora’s transition from a quintessential good girl whose happiness depends on making others happy, to an independent woman who learns to take charge of her own happiness after she comes to America.

Why does a quintessentially good girl turn into a sexy poster girl overnight?

The nationwide scandal is huge enough to change the course of young Ellora’s life.
Overnight, from a bright teenager with dreams of becoming a doctor, Ellora turns into a hot poster girl chased by the college hooligans, shunned by her classmates, and castigated by the parochial population of her provincial town. Living in guilt for tarnishing her family’s reputation and breaking her adoptive parents’ hearts, Ellora spends the next sixteen years trying to be a good girl by thwarting the attention from all males, except the ones approved by her orthodox parents.

Set in a small town near Delhi, this is the story of Ellora’s transition from a quintessential good girl whose happiness depends on making others happy, to an independent woman who learns to take charge of her own happiness and starts living by her own rules after coming to America. Now in her early thirties, Ellora is attracted to a commitment-shysurgeon working for a private hospital in Virginia, and is ready to shock the residents of her old town all over again by breaking some of their dated rules.


The posters and pamphlets sprung up overnight – they were all over the town – pasted on the boundary walls, STD booths, and shop windows, hanging from electric poles, lampposts, and treetops. The phone started ringing from early morning – everyone wanted to be the first giver o the bad news – everyone wanted to get to the bottom of it, everyone wanted to tut-tut and express their shock, everyone wanted to cluck-cluck and commiserate with the hapless Chatterjees.

Like Indian Independence, marriage is her ultimate ‘Tryst with Destiny,’ and it is not in her hand to escape her preordained and compulsory fate. A marriageable daughter is the lowest common denominator in the giant scheme of things. She is already thirty-three. If she has to get married, it has to be now. In the Indian marriage market, a thirty-plus woman is like a perishable good with a narrow expiry date, and given this slim deadline, her ‘marriageable’ status has either already expired, or is about to do so.

About the Author

Chandana Roy

Chandana Roy was born in Indore and brought up in Ajmer and Delhi. The youngest of six children, she grew up in a close-knit Bengali family where reading, writing, singing, dancing, and painting were greatly encouraged. She took to writing early and was motivated to continue with her favourite pastime, when her stories and poems began to appear in the children’s section of the local newspapers and magazines. Winning the first prize at a poetry contest run by BBC London’s Hindi Service encouraged her further to pursue her hobby more seriously. However, the pursuit of science came in the way of her writing ambitions.

She graduated from Sophia College, Ajmer with distinctions and went on to earn a master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Rajasthan. Before writing her debut novel, she had been teaching biology for over twenty years to the undergraduate students of Troy University (Alabama) at their Sharjah campus.

Although A Good Girl is her first novel, Chandana has been writing for many years. She has written numerous gardening columns and cover stories on wide-ranging regional issues for Gulf News and Khaleej Times (two of the prominent news dailies in UAE).

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Author. Traveller. Body positive. Mental health advocate. Bengali vegetarian. Cat mother. @UofR alum.

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