Love storybetween Hari and Neha runs in the background. Dramatically Hari falls in lovewith Neha when he was jogging in the morning and Neha dashed him with her car.Therelationship between Hari and Neha is the most entertaining part of this novel.
Hari’s consciousness gradually divides into two things first, the obsession of marksin exams, second, the fascination for the company of Neha. Hari describe herbeauty as:’Bare female skin on metal isenormously sexy. There was a dark red nail polish on her toenails, with one ortwo toes encircled in weird squiggly silver ringlets that only girls canjustify wearing. I just wanted to keep looking at her feet but she started totalk.
‘ (Bhagat 29)The relationshipgradually develops between Neha and Hari. The emotional appeal enhances theimpact of the narration and it becomes an emotional account of personalexperiences. Neha, like allgirls, is hard to be figured out. Hari finds it difficult to map her mind whenshe says, “I like chivalrous men”.
(p 45) Hari thinks, “I did not know if itmeant something. I mean, did she want me to be like the men she liked, or didshe like me. Who knows?”(p 45) Neha’s complexity is further noticed when shedoesn’t allow Hari to kiss her back though she herself kisses him five times.Hari says, “Well, you know how she is. So damn moody all the time, sometimesshe is all cuddly, holds my hand, and acts cozy at the movies. But when I trysomething, she stops me and gives me these lectures on how she is a decent girlI should learn to behave”.
(p 80)Though it is Neha who hastaken initiatives all the time, she does not allow Hari to kiss her even ontheir twentieth date. Though she is untraditional and breaks the orthodoxIndian values, initially her Indian self stops her from getting into physicalrelation. Though she refuses Hari to kiss, it is Neha who takes initiativewhile Hari has withdrawn. On her birthday she herself asks Hari to kiss her asa birthday gift. But she does not surrender herself completely. She refuseseach time when Hari tries to step forward.
In the novel readers get insightsabout Neha through Hari’s words. But he is unable to explore her true mind. Bhagathas uncovered her mind through the letter which reveals that she knows about Hari’sinterest in getting physical. However, Bhagat gives idea about her desirethrough the letter. “I feel this guy is only interested in getting physical.
Other girls who have boyfriends tell me all boys are same, want the same thing.But can I tell you something? Even I want the same… every now and then I getcurious, start imagining what Hari would do if I let him”. (p 134) Many a time,she refuses getting into physical every time, deep down her mind she is excitedand curious about it. Her traditional brought up stops her from gettingphysical while her heart is inclined to it.
Neha in Hari’s words is ‘a queen ofcontradiction’. Though she is desirous to have sex with Hari, she stops him whenHari slides his hand from her shoulder to chest in a completely planned but seeminglyunintentional manner when they are kissing each other. She says, “Just kisses.
Youknow this is wrong”. (144) Neha is the representative of modern girls who takerisk in their relationship. She allows Hari to come her home when she ishome-alone. She doesn’t think much about its consequence. Though she has alwayspushed Hari back whenever he would try to get into physical, Neha’s hiddendesire gets a way when they are alone at her home. It is Neha who takesinitiative and finally her desire dominates her traditional brought up.