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About the Author

Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005) The 3 Mistakes of life (2008) & 2 States (2009). All four books have remained bestsellers since their release and have inspired major Bollywood films. The New York Times called Chetan the the biggest selling English language novelist in India s history. Seen more as a youth icon than just an author, this IIT D/ IIMA graduate is making India read like never before. Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Chetan also writes op-ed columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development based issues. Many of the issues raised by Chetan s columns have been discussed in Parliament and among the top leadership of the country. Chetan is also a popular Motivational Speaker and has given talk s in leading MNC s & institutions. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIMA and his twin boys Shyam and Ishaan.
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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa & Co (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129113724
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129113726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Chakraverty on June 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
A word of caution: that you might find minor spoilers. The 3 mistakes of my life gives a nice perspective of life in Gujarat. The characters are three ordinary men who start a business venture and strive to make it big. They are the owners of a sports goods store. They have their own fears and philosophies in life. Omi fears he will end up being the priest of the temple. Ish fears he will never be able to live his dreams of being a cricketer through Ali. Vidya fears she will end up as one of those doctors who didn't want to be a doctor. Govind appears focused and ambitious though. The events happen amidst the Bhuj earthquake and the Godhra riots.
Chetan Bhagat's stories always involve a lot of drama at the end, and this one was no different. A fight scene at the end lasts for pages. Perhaps it is his style of writing. However this book lacks a background/characters from IITs and IIMs. Overall, it is nothing great, but definitely worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anush Moorthy on January 29, 2012
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Chetan Bhagat surprised me with The Three Mistakes of My Life, I was expecting a poor book, based on reviews, but this one was markedly better than the debacle at the call center. A simple, short read. Not highly recommended, but a good read to pass time. Bhagat should NOT be the first Indian author one ever reads however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Knut L. Seip on December 27, 2011
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To give these book 5 stars is like giving a public kiss, not quite com il faut. This book is, by the way, about secret kisses. "Sometimes we kissed every time she solved a problem"(p. 197). "She" is Vidya. (She could now officially make her own decisions. Unofficially, she had done that since her birth." p.195). She is 18 years old and she is, in her way, a distant sister (sic!) of Ibsen's "Nora" or Larsson's "Salander".

I think the main message of Bhagats story is about love, friendship and loyalty in an Indian society. Plus a Greek tragedy. There are other themes as well, cricket and cricket ambitions, of course, business ambitions, academic ambitions. Apart from the kisses and their story, this book is something like a draft for a Walt Disney family film: "I only like stories with happy endings" he said (p. 256) but in an Indian version. Here, a cricket match replaces an American football game as the first test of the hero's abilities, and the hero wins- of course (and we know that the hero will win), - however, this first time, the hero is not the "I" of the story. The second test for the second hero, which is now the "I", is more like the finale of an American western film. So, how do two such stories blend? In Indian version it works well, telling something about ambitions and love, but much more about the Indian society, I believe.

So, why did I give this text four stars? I suppose it has to do with the nature of the meeting point between the author and me, as the reader. I found the text charming, there were passages that I enjoyed immensely (but I do not think all other readers will find the same passages as thrilling as me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike on September 29, 2014
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I cannot get over how violated and disgusted I felt attempting to get through even the first page of this book. Like an idiot, I purchased three of Chetan Bhagat's other books before even having read one of them. What a waste!
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"The three mistakes of my life" is a book by Chetan Bhagat, an author from India. Bhagat is quite successful and has written many good books. In this one he tells the story of Govind and his two friends Ish and Omi, who live in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Govind wants to become a businessman, Ish loves nothing else but cricket and Omi is just happy being with his friends. Together they open a cricket shop and become somewhat successful in their business endeavours. This is the background to the story of how they discover a young Muslim boy called Ali, who has a gift for cricket. Ish trains him hard and tries to make him an elite cricket player. But things don't come easy to any of the three friends. Govind's business dreams are shattered by a powerful earthquake, Ali does not want to relocate to Australia to become a successful cricket player, and Omi has to face the political ambitions of some family members. The politics and religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims are part of the story, and in fact, will contribute to its tragic ending. This novel reminded me of the tensions I myself felt between Hindus and Muslims when travelling through Rajasthan. The story is okay, although a bit superficial at times - and the cricket thing can be a little tedious. It's a nice story of love, passion, money, politics, and hate. Well written with fun characters, but it would benefit from more depth in its character depiction. A good read, and one in a different setting for once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mehul Mehta on December 29, 2010
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The book is not bad but not as funny as five point someone. Would recommend if you like Chetan Bhagat's style of writing....otherwise leave it.
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By Dilan Christian on March 14, 2013
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The story is well writtened. Mr. Bhagat brings a new drama based on 3 friends and their stuggles to fulfill their dream that they share. Social, economical, and political world takes over their lives as they come each step closer to their success. Best part about 3 mistakes of my life is that Mr. Bhagat invoves a love story in the drama which keeps the reader hooked and thrilled to know about what will happen next. I wasn't a big fan of the ending but still the plot, characters, setting, and the execution of the story deserves "Praises". I recommend all young readers to read. A contemporary drama in a traditional world.
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