The Three Mistakes of My Life, Chetan Bhagat

The Three Mistakes of My LifeChetan Bhagat is an author of five bestselling novels, he is seen as a youth icon more than an author. He always try to convey some message in his books. Three Mistakes of My Life is one such book in which the characters are young, ambitious, passionate and have the same moral, social and religious dilemmas as many of the young Indians have today.

The three main characters in this story are Govind a math teacher who has passion for account and business, Ishaan  for whom cricket is the element around which his life revolves and Omi a son of priest who is ready to do anything for his friends. Govind sets up a sports shop along with his friends in the temple’s premises. The shop prospers as Ishaan coaches young boys in cricket   and then he meets Ali a young boy with hyper reflex condition that makes him hit each ball for a six. So the three friends go in to the business together, and it works fairly well.. Govind is eventually coaxed in tutoring Ishaan’s 17 year old sister to help her prepare for exams. Naturally something more develops between them. Govind has great ambitions, but there are some forces that can overwhelm even the best laid plans. The triple whammy hits the three friends is a devastating earthquake hitting particularly close to home. This later led to widespread Hindu retaliation against Muslim led by Omi’s uncle. Omi saves Ali from his uncle and Ishaan finds out about Vidya and Govind. He betrays him. His mother convinces Ishaan to forgive Govind

Ishaan with his sister come to meet Govind in the hospital and they become friends again.

This book gives a clear picture about the consequences of communalism, and I feel that having a secular feeling is very important in an individual’s way of thinking, because one cannot always fight fire with fire.




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