Mistakes, mistakes, and more mistakes!

Well…..5000 hits and I’m back again! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ….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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ….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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ….Chetan Bhagat has once again proved why he is the “biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s History“! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Christmas Tag!

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! May Santa fulfill all your wishes and give you all the gifts that you were hoping to get ๐Ÿ˜€ …I have been having exams now, and got a break of 4 days due to the postponement of one of them. So I thought this is the best time to finish some of my pending activities ๐Ÿ™‚ …Arpit tagged me for this alphabet tag with the letter โ€œSโ€. I have to list the first 10 words which struck my mind starting with “S” ….so here I go ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sachin Tendulkar– He is THE God of Cricket 8)

  • Saathiyaaaa! – My favourite favourite song!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Shimla– The Queen Of Hills 8) …breath-taking place!

  • Scorpio– My Zodiac. Beware… I might just sting you 8) ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Sandeep Unnikrishnan– A true Hero. We all salute you……….

  • Switzerland– Would love to visit this place again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sonu Nigam– My favourite singer who also sang my fav song!

  • Sundae– Double triple, anything! Can eat them even when its freezing outside ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Smart– ME 8) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • SwatKats– One of my favourite cartoon shows ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyone who wants to do this tag can let me know in the comment box…I’ll assign a letter to you ๐Ÿ™‚ ….HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all those who do have holidays now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Terrorized!

    13th September, 2008 – Serial bomb blasts maim the national capital

    26th July, 2008 – 17 bomb blasts rip Ahmedabad apart

    25th July, 2008 – 9 bomb blasts shock the otherwise peaceful IT capital

    The list goesย  on……..

    Its really sad that such news has become so common……everyday we see so many people dying, so many more grieving over the loss of their loved ones…..(a valiant policeman was also killed in a well-planned encounter a couple of days back)…all thanks to the evil demeanor of some self-centred miscreants, who want to spread fear in our countryย  …and I question myself- why is all this happening over and over again???? Why do governments always politisize the issue, with each party blaming the other??? Why is it so difficult to fight against this menace??? People read about such incidents, and forget about it after 2 days, until another mishap occurs somewhere else…also, theย arrested people belonging to the so-called ‘most wanted’ list, are held captive for years, till someone hijacks one of our planes in their return. Why can’t there be strict laws against terror???

    If I were the supreme ruler of our country, I would ensure that all anti-national elements held captive be killed immediately, in front of the people of the country! That would send a strong message across to those rats sitting and watching from their holes that we are not scared of them, and are more than willing to eradicate them completely! Terrorize the terrorist, so that he thinks a thousand times before planning to commit another such act.

    But is all this possible with our current leaders, who are worried only about their seat and their vote bank??? I can’t believe that one of our senior national leaders blamed the other party for targetting states in which they had their governments! I think India is the only country which has a murderer as the chief minister of a state…..

    According to me, its upto us, the youth of India, to clean this rot in the system. We shouldย be inspiredย by movies like ‘Yuva’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’, and take the reins of the future in our hands.ย  Only educated and dedicated leaders who work for the interest of the nation, and not to meet their vested needs,ย  can push India towards prosperity.