Love story between Hari and Neha runs in the background. Dramatically Hari falls in love with Neha when he was jogging in the morning and Neha dashed him with her car. The relationship between Hari and Neha is the most entertaining part of this novel. Hari’s consciousness gradually divides into two things first, the obsession of marks in exams, second, the fascination for the company of Neha. Hari describe her beauty as:’Bare female skin on metal is enormously sexy. There was a dark red nail polish on her toenails, with one or two toes encircled in weird squiggly silver ringlets that only girls can justify wearing.
I just wanted to keep looking at her feet but she started to talk.’ (Bhagat 29)The relationship gradually develops between Neha and Hari. The emotional appeal enhances the impact of the narration and it becomes an emotional account of personal experiences. Neha, like all girls, is hard to be figured out. Hari finds it difficult to map her mind when she says, “I like chivalrous men”. (p 45) Hari thinks, “I did not know if it meant something. I mean, did she want me to be like the men she liked, or did she like me. Who knows?”(p 45) Neha’s complexity is further noticed when she doesn’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, sometimes she is all cuddly, holds my hand, and acts cozy at the movies. But when I try something, she stops me and gives me these lectures on how she is a decent girl I should learn to behave”.(p 80)Though it is Neha who has taken initiatives all the time, she does not allow Hari to kiss her even on their twentieth date. Though she is untraditional and breaks the orthodox Indian values, initially her Indian self stops her from getting into physical relation. Though she refuses Hari to kiss, it is Neha who takes initiative while Hari has withdrawn. On her birthday she herself asks Hari to kiss her as a birthday gift. But she does not surrender herself completely.
She refuses each time when Hari tries to step forward. In the novel readers get insights about Neha through Hari’s words. But he is unable to explore her true mind. Bhagat has uncovered her mind through the letter which reveals that she knows about Hari’s interest in getting physical. However, Bhagat gives idea about her desire through 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 get curious, 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 excited and curious about it. Her traditional brought up stops her from getting physical while her heart is inclined to it. Neha in Hari’s words is ‘a queen of contradiction’. Though she is desirous to have sex with Hari, she stops him when Hari slides his hand from her shoulder to chest in a completely planned but seemingly unintentional manner when they are kissing each other. She says, “Just kisses.
You know this is wrong”. (144) Neha is the representative of modern girls who take risk in their relationship. She allows Hari to come her home when she is home-alone.
She doesn’t think much about its consequence. Though she has always pushed Hari back whenever he would try to get into physical, Neha’s hidden desire gets a way when they are alone at her home. It is Neha who takes initiative and finally her desire dominates her traditional brought up.