Mistakes, mistakes, and more mistakes!

Well…..5000 hits and I’m back again! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ….life has been pretty good in the new year……a LOT of things have changed, and changed for good! :)….I also managed to catch up with a book called “The 3 mistakes of my Life” by Chetan Bhagat. I have always liked the way Chetan Bhagat writes. The characterization in his novels is very realistic, and the element of humour that he brings in makes for some interesting reading!


This book is about a young boy named Govind Patel, who hails from Ahmedabad. He is shown to be a mathematical genius, who takes maths tuitions to support his mother’s snacks business. Govind is passionate about starting his own business one day, for which he involves his two friends, Omi and Ishaan. Omi is the son of a local priest, and is supposed to be a dull-head. His uncle Bittoo mama belongs to a communal party, and despises Govind for being an antagonist. Ishaan, or Ish as he’s called by everyone, is from a slightly more well-to-do family, and is extremely passionate about cricket. He used to be a champion player in school, and is quite proud of that, but he is not in good terms with his father after having run away from military training. It takes Govind some effort to convince his friends about starting a cricket shop outside Omi’s temple, which is ultimately christened as “Team India Cricket Shop”.

Everything goes well for the Team India Cricket Shop in the beginning…..they begin to make profits very soon, and little kids come to Ish for some free cricket coaching. Ish finds a really talented ‘student’ in Ali, a 12 year old kid who has the extraordinary gift of hitting sixes at will! But things go horribly wrong when nature plays spoilsport, and the 3 budding entrepreneurs now have to face an uphill task of having to rebuild everything. When things start improving, communal riots and hardcore politics make their lives even tougher.

The author manages to bring out the dark realities that exist in Indian society. By referring to real life incidents which took place in Gujarat between 1999 and 2002, he is able to convince the reader that this book is more than just mere fiction. It is a reflection of life during, possibly, India’s worst encounter with communal riots and earthquakes. All characters are life-like, and its quite possible that you will be able to relate to one of them! The love story between Govind and Vidya (who happens to be Ishaan’s younger sister and Govind’s student!) looks a little filmy- but its cute nonetheless πŸ™‚ ….especially the conversation between Govind and Vidya over the phone, when he goes to Australia for Ali’s training.

There are many slack points in the book too. For starters, the whole trip to Australia part is dragged a lot, just to show how much Govind and Vidya miss each other. Also, the climax seems way too dramatic and overboard. The third mistake is also far from convincing. Inspite of all this, “The 3 mistakes…” is one book you would not want to miss! πŸ™‚ ….Chetan Bhagat has once again proved why he is the “biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s History“! 😎

16 thoughts on “Mistakes, mistakes, and more mistakes!

  1. It would be an understatement to write-off Chetan Bhagat. True, the book did not live up to its expectation story-wise [nevertheless it was a crowd puller!!] especially after his debut book “five point…..” It was more filmi than fictional i wud say :-). I felt that the plot was similar to five point but with different ingredients. And the way they couples miss each other is quite an exaggeration. The only USP of the book lies in its climax …otherwise -a total masala commercial when cast into a bollywood film;-)

  2. I agree….Five point someone was his best book! But I did not really like the climax of this one too much……except for the one emotional scene which I won’t reveal for the sake of those who haven’t read the book yet πŸ™‚

  3. wham- bam he is back with a post πŸ˜†
    i brought this book as my birthday present and i was so disappointed ……it was damn boring
    i read a few chapters and i stopped reading it then
    dont think i wish to complete it
    but 1 night @call center was the most awesome of all

    and yes welocme back…..and congrats on 5000 hits ! part time πŸ˜›

  4. Welcome back.. πŸ˜€
    Well, the only reason probably I liked this book was my love for cricket..and the kind of humour Chetan Bhagat brings about in this & other books of his..! Otherwise, all his stories revolve round a similar orbit..! Waise, I quite really liked the way emotions have been portrayed at some places in this book..
    Anyways, it atleast made a good blog post for you.. πŸ˜› So Cheers and Congrats for 5,000 hits..! πŸ˜€

  5. Arpit- Its not all that bad man! Try reading the whole thing after your exams πŸ˜› …I felt 5.sum1 was better than 1 night…

    Ambika- Well yes…..cricket was one of the reasons why I liked it too…but there were other aspects also πŸ™‚

    Bhav- I have the book…will lend it to you if you want to read (in class πŸ˜€ …hehe ) πŸ™‚

  6. sure….megsy also asked for it…will get it on Thursday πŸ™‚ …I’m eagerly waiting for ‘3 idiots’ πŸ˜€

  7. Me too waiitng for ‘3 idiots..’ With Aamir Khan in the cast, I’m sure there wouldn’t be a disaster like “Hello!!!” πŸ˜€

  8. Frankly, I hate the guy… I don’t like the way he writes… He kills the english language, dude… Poor editing, atrocious grammar, paper-thin plots and lameness so thick you can cut with a knife! πŸ™‚

  9. Shivya- Thanks…Tell me what you felt about the book πŸ™‚

    Nikhil- Hehe…thanks for your comments man…I guess everyone has different Requirement Specifications when they read a book πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    Ambika- Lets hope its not a disaster πŸ˜€

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