The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat
Finished reading on April 1st, 2014
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.