Book 125: The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat


The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

Finished reading on April 1st, 2014

Rating: 8/10

When it comes to books by Asian authors or  that take place in Asia, there’s always the fear of the unknown – will there be a suicide bombing, or violent mobs on the street – one never can tell from just the blurb on the back.

Chetan Bhagat is a bestselling Indian author

The 3 Mistakes of My Life tells the story of three friends – Govind, Omi and Ishaan, living in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Govind is excellent at mathematics and is giving tuition, Ishaan used to be the best cricket player at his school and Omi is the son of a Hindu priest.  They start a cricket shop. A lot of this book is about cricket and business.

As a person who knows very little about either of those, it was surprising that I found the book quite interesting.

That’s because there are more themes in this book – relationships between a teacher (or tutor to be exact) and a student, politics, religion, coaching, etc.

So what is the story?

Ishaan is giving cricket tips at the shop, but he also starts to coach some of the neighborhood kids, one of whom, is Ali, a twelve-year old Muslim kid, who can score sixes (if anyone understands that… I tried to find out, but I’d rather spend more time with tensor calculus, thank you very much…) – so his really talented and Ishaan decides to do anything to make sure, that Ali becomes a great player.

At the same time, Govind is tutoring Ishaan’s sister Vidya for her medical school entrance exams in mathematics, but there’s a relationship developing there…

Okay, no more talk about the story. Now for whether or not there’ blood and gore in the book – yes, there is, as the Hindus and Muslims have some scores to settle (and it’s not in cricket).  That was kind of surprising though, as the 150 or so pages before, everything was fine, and then suddenly there’s a lot of violence.

This was the fourth book by Bhagat that I read and second I reviewed (Find One Night @ the Call Center here). I like his writing style – it’s simple and straight-forward and for most of the time, it’s pretty obvious where the story is going, and there are several themes in his books, which is fun, although it can also  get exhausting… But the books are fast paced and I read this book in about 7 hours with just a few breaks to go make some tea and finished it at around 2 am, so his books are definitely  something that’s good entertainment for long bus-rides or when you’ve just taken your computer away to get it repaired and can’t figure out what else top do…

There’s also a movie that is based on this book. I haven’t seen it yet though, because I had to read the book first naturally…

Don’t remember there being any guns in the book, so I’m interested to see what they did differently in the movie.

5 thoughts on “Book 125: The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

  1. Scoring a six means hitting the ball so hard and so high that it goes all the way past the boundary line without touching the ground, for which you get awarded six runs (or points). I have no idea what tensor calculus is though! 😉

      • Haha! Do you really want to know? Well, a run is when the batsman runs between the two wickets while the other team try to catch the ball and throw it back. If they’re quick they can run more than 1. So they’re given six when they hit it over the boundary because it’s assumed they’d be able to run back and forward six times before the other lot get the ball back…but if the ball hits the ground before it reaches the boundary but still goes over, then they only get 4.

        Did I mention it’s a silly game?

  2. Lol for the six explanation .. Since I am an Indian and ardent cricket fan I will avoid trying to explain why it is not silly 🙂

    Coming to your book review… I am sincerely not a fan of Chetan Bhagat’s writing so I did not like the book much but yes the movie was better and the gun part was just an alternate way to give the end mentioned in book 🙂

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