Born: 22nd April 1974, New Delhi, India
Books: Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl, Three Mistakes of My Life and more
Chetan Bhagat, who is a supposed or self-proclaimed youth icon, has written some of the best-ever ‘selling’ novels that are liked not only by the book lovers but also by the producers in Bollywood. Just for a quick RE-vision of our readers, all his novels are the bestsellers! Without a doubt, to redefine the meaning of bestsellers in India, Chetan Bhagat is the person to get the best of the credit scores for that… Youths of the nation have certainly started reading books once again (looking for the same things) just because of his style of writing – simple and straightforward storytelling with no room for literary possibilities or even probabilities. He just tells his stories without worrying about his own story! And so because he believes that novels are entertainment tools to express his views and opinion about society and the youth. He also expresses such opinions through his columns in Hindi and English national and regional dailies.
Son of an army jawan father and a working mother, Chetan Ji belongs to a Punjabi family. Educated in an Army school initially, he pursued Mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi and then went for an MBA at IIM Ahmedabad. He took a lustrous job in Goldman Sachs. After making enough there, he returned to India and began writing… and the rest is something that we all know!
Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ The Call Center (2005), The Three Mistakes Of My Life (2008) & Two States (2009). Revolution 2020 and One Indian Girl and Half Girlfriend are some of the titles that we all love to discuss among the literary enthusiasts.
Chetan Bhagat’s contribution to the Indian literature in English can be seen through different perspectives and most of them tell us the same story – we are left with a dilemma whether there is any contribution at all? Yes, the credit to arouse the interest in reading of fiction certainly goes to him because before him, there were the books which were only being written for the elite readers or the academic readers and the themes in those books used to be beyond the average readers’ mind. However, Chetan Bhagat brought it down below the average readers’ preoccupation and sometimes he even crosses the ‘limits’ very well-defined by the legendary writer Mastraam Kapoor.
Recently, after his latest book One Indian Girl, Chetan Bhagat has announced that he won’t be writing more novels and he will devote his time to designing a car.