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Three mistakes??
May 15, 2008 10:48 AM 10959 Views
(Updated May 18, 2008 07:28 PM)



The Three Mistakes of My life. Mistake thy name is human. I live through my mistakes. My whole life revolves around them. I just read the new best seller by Chetan Bhagat . the three mistakes of my life. Well I'd say the book isn't a mistake at all but it isn't a life changing great literary work that will go down in history.

I love Chetan's writing because I feel its so much like mine, like yours, like anybody else's! After the typically youth oriented Five point some one and One nyt @ the call centre, this book seems to be different. The writer has matured with experience. Although he is the same vain self, starting with himself in the picture he goes on to narrate a real life story amalgamated with real events. This makes the read worthwhile because it’s like discussing amongst friends.

The story is narrated by Govind( I must say Chetan has a knack in selecting the most catchy narrators). Its about his life which is full of people- his mother, his friends, his love and the top most being his dreams of making it big, touching the sky and to reach the stars. Does any thing seem out of place. Isn't it everyone's story?! It is. What does the writer try to show us - Hypocrisy which is very common in this so called broad minded modern world. Govind is a born businessman with a gift for numbers. His friend Ish is an awsome cricketer with no future, discouraged by the Stereotyped Indian parents who want their son to earn! Omi the son of a priest who does not want the same path but has been brought up in that environment incorporating the deep rooted religious sentiments! Vidya - Ish's sister, the hottie behind the naive innocent worthy girl fighting for her dreams and wishes under the veil of a worthy reputation!

The plot follows. A new business selling sports wares in a shop in the temple complex starts by the three friends. It builds up with good business and extra cricket as well as math coaching.Ali - a child prodigy in cricket pops up to throw Ish out of balance. Teaching Vidya is no easy job because of her blossoming age for Govind. Omi is caught up with religion based politics because of his uncle. Then there are the usual ups and downs and the emotions related to the huge earth quake that hit Gujarat in 2001. A loss is well survived and is pushed to the past. There are visits to Goa as well as Australia to get Ali into the top rung! Behind all this is a love story brewing up between Vidya and Govind. Few questions are subtly brought up here. Isn't Vidya a grown up girl? Is there something wrong in falling in love with a girl just because she is your friend's sister while it doesnt matter if it is anybody else? Then comes the religious politics and Godhra riots which the common man never wanted nor accepted but was thrust into. Horrendous killing of innocent people on religious basis with no humanitarian thoughts, by a select few! This is how the plot throws various questions to the readers. It culminates into facing religious politics, natural calamities, unaccepted love and one's dreams! Well as Chetan loves it, he has a part in the end and its okay because we love his usual witty self interfering here and there. It ends in a happy tone just like most of our bollywood movies - selfishness and lessons learnt, forgiveness, way back into love with a horrified soon to be mother in law and yes a recovered Ali for the last suspense.

All in all a good read. A simple narration with far deeper meaning! I am sure I am not the kind(specially English teachers) who wants to dig out some so called symbolic sense when it doesn’t prevail! I am a Virgoan- critical and yeah as Linda Goodman would say, most probably right! I guess Vanity, Selfishness and yeah the letter I are inbuilt involuntary human virtues. So there you go. read through and wait for the nest surprise! The three mistakes of my life- 1. I can't remember. 2. Is there really something? 3. Naaaah me and mistakes? no Way! Kudos Chetan you atleast you were being truthful about the mistakes or maybe your narrator was so I guess or maybe. Okay fine this book is on the path to success again.! Sayonara.Finally!

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