by Vishaal S Shah
on May 14th, 2008

Book Review : The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

Book ReviewFrom the best selling author of ‘Five Point Someone’ & ‘One night at call centre’ comes another dark, witty tale about modern India. Based on real life events, the origin of the story for ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ itself is dramatic. It started with Chetan Bhagat receiving an e-mail from a stranger, Govind who had taken sleeping pills in an attempt to suicide and was writing to him on his death bed. A thoroughly shaken Chetan tracked the boy down to an Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) hospital. Fortunately he was still alive to tell the tale. This book is loosely based on the three mistakes Govind made in his life.

Set in the fast growing small town of Ahmedabad, ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ is the story of 3 friends – the protagonist Govind, with his passion and acumen for business, Ishan for whom life revolves around cricket and Omi, a priest’s son and a loyal friend who is game for anything that his friends are game for. An ambitious Govind sets up a sports shop with help from Omi’s family. Ishan, who coaches cricket for young boys, discovers an unusual talent in Ali, a gifted batsman that suddenly changes the course of his own destiny. Meanwhile a secret romance blooms up between Govind and Vidya, Ishan’s sister.

The story goes on to explore how in the pursuit for their goals, the three friends are confronted with many nightmares – religious politics, earthquakes, riots, unacceptable love and above all, their own mistakes. But will they succeed in spite of their few mistakes? That’s what the story is all about. Set amidst the sectarian riots of 2002 in western state of Gujarat, it also deals with the issues of tolerance and the confusion about religious values that many young Indians today feel. The series of events that follow the riot outbreak eventually changes the life of the three friends forever.

This story is a mix of cricket, religion, business, love and friendship – pretty much all the same ingredients that adds up to a good Bollywood theme! The book lacks the tight narration of ‘Five Point Someone’ and the pace of ‘One night@ call centre’ but is equally enjoyable for its simple style and sure to be loved by the young readers for whom it’s targeted.

Related Links:

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2> Chetan Bhagat Books

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