If there is one thing Chetan 'India's Biggest Storyteller' Bhagat has achieved this morning, it's the buzz around the title (and the synopsis, come on!) of his next book-that-will-surely-be-a-movie following a full page ad in a national daily.
So, what really is a half girlfriend? Is it a bird, a plane, or a Twitter trend meant to be?
Before we explore the possibilities, a quick flash back (no, don't run!) of Half Girlfiend's (now famous) cover and synopsis that deeply confused us.
Even with half a girlfriend, Chetan Bhagat couldnt resist holding the 'd' in his new book cover. True engineer. pic.twitter.com/ejCM71qf6J— Kalashnikov Seeker (@wastedaman) August 5, 2014
Brief is the reason enough for not buying this book! pic.twitter.com/F2WGoF0XA6— Neha Mahajan (@nehamahajan05) August 5, 2014
Now let us deconstruct, shall we?
1. A half girlfriend could be something that brings together other literary halves. You know, like a missing puzzle?
Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend, the #unlikelysequel to Half Blood Prince— Bodhisattva Sen Roy (@insenroy) August 5, 2014
There were Two And A Half Men. Now for the Half Girlfriend.
— Madame Chocolatica. (@JinxedSnowflake) August 5, 2014
2. Or pure genius of a sadistic writer.
'Would you like to be Half Girlfriend?' 'Sure!' *Cuts her in half* #GoTEdition— JayK (@CruciFire) August 5, 2014
Half Girlfriend sounds like Cutting Chaai. Lul.— TweetErrant (@TweetErrant) August 5, 2014
3. An 'Indian culture' edition to the concept of a girlfriend?
What is this half girlfriend Chetan Bhagat ji? Is it inspired from the classic misogynist '??? ??????' concept?— Dharmputra Scotchy (@scotchism) August 5, 2014
With Rakshabandhan coming, a copy of Half Girlfriend is the equivalent of a Rakhi that men try and run away from.— Soumik Sen (@bangdu) August 5, 2014
Half Girlfriend because "Madmast Saali Aadhi Gharwaali" would not sound civilized.— Bad Company. (@RowdyTalks) August 5, 2014
And them 'adorable' Bollywood-ishtyle stalkers.
You think she is your GF but she is not even remotely aware of your existence. This is #HalfGirlfriend . - Chetan Bhagat's 1st real novel.— Finger of India (@IndiaFinger) August 5, 2014
4. That the girlfriend isn't a biological female.
Half Girlfriend. Half Centaur. Think about it. Terrific fantasy film.
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) August 5, 2014
5. That the other half will appear in the next book! PRE-ORDER NOW! *cough*
Chetan Bhagat marketing stratey: Half girlfriend part 1. Half girlfriend part 2. Must buy both to get a full girlfriend— Priyal (@priyal) August 5, 2014
So, Chetan Bhagat is releasing "Half Girlfriend" in few days. I hope he releases the other half soon.— Pushkar Karn (@Pushkar_Karn) August 5, 2014
Of course, this could happen too.
Sequels to Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend : - Double Boyfriends - Semi Wives - Quarter Children— a? ????s?? í??ía? (@i_theindian) August 5, 2014
6. A reference to the age old glass that's half full-half empty.
The optimist sees her as half-girlfriend, the pessimist sees her as half-friend. #ComingSoon— Ashwin S Kumar (@ashwinskumar) August 5, 2014
'Half Girlfriend' is a philosophical book by Chetan Bhagat inspired by 'half glass of water'.— Monika Jain (@Monika_jain17) August 5, 2014
7. A marketing strategy to make his reader buy two books a time! (You don't say)
Going buy two copies of Half Girlfriend, so it forms one complete happy love story— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) August 5, 2014
Half Girlfriend will be a huge hit in engineering colleges. Every boy will buy at least two. That's the only way he will have a girlfriend.— Vicky (@MrTippler) August 5, 2014
8. A mathematical puzzle!
I broke up with my half girl friend. There was a lot of fraction between us.— MrMrRajneesh (@MrMrRajneesh) August 5, 2014
Indian logic 2 Half girlfriends > 1 Full girlfriend. (2 1/2 manchow soup)— Maithun Chakraborty (@Being_Humor) August 5, 2014
9. A half explanation (because pictures speak louder than words)
Based on the synopsis, a more realistic book cover for Chetan Bhagat's new book "Half Girlfriend". pic.twitter.com/kMMeK4E2Be— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) August 5, 2014
10. A nonsensical literary masterpiece. Remember jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland?
Okay no, we're kidding.