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Half Girlfriend is an Indian English coming of ageyoung adult romance novel by Indian author Chetan Bhagat.The novel, set in rural BiharNew DelhiPatna, and New York, is the story of a Bihari boy in quest of winning over the girl he loves. This is Bhagat’s sixth novel which was released on 1 October 2014 by Rupa Publications. The novel has also been published in Hindi  and Gujarati versions as well. A Hindi film adaptation  released on 19 May 2017.

Dedicated to “non English-types”, as Chetan Bhagat wrote, the book divulges the sentiments and linguistic struggles of a backward rural Bhojpuri-laced Hindi-speaking boy from Bihar as he enrolls himself at the prestigious English-medium St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and falls in love with a “high class English-speaking rich Delhi girl” schooled at Modern School, New Delhi. The girl does not admit the relationship but agrees to be his “half girlfriend”.Chetan Bhagat commented, “Half-Girlfriend, to me, is a unique Indian phenomenon, where boys and girls are not clear about their relationship status with each other. A boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend. Hence, I thought we needed a term like ‘Half girlfriend’. Because, in India, that is what most men get.


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