“3 Mistakes of my life “, great and simple novel by Chetan Bhagat

I never get time to read novels, but I do try to take time out from my regular schedule and read once a while. I just finished a recent novel from Chetan Bhagat called “ 3 mistakes of my life” First let me clarify. I am neither an expert nor have a capability to review and judge the novels. My expressions below are purely my thoughts about this novel and its author.

Chetan’s earlier novels “One night @ Call center” and “Five point someone” were huge success and Chethan was able to develop his own group of readers. I had read his “One night @ call centre ” but still to read “Five point someone” I somehow like to read Chetan Bhagat’s novel because they touch upon the young Indian and are very different from other novels.They are more related to a common man especially youth and neatly reflects what we experience or do everyday in our life. His characters are just an reflection of oneself. Sometimes you can relate many of his characters to yourself or your neighbor. His novels are written in simple language and without much fanfare. As Chetan says in his blog “ I write to express, not impress”

” 3 mistakes of life ” is also one such novel, where Chetan tried to explore the typical Ahmedbad and its people. He talks about three friends, who are set to start a Cricket Goods shop and then narrates how relationships, religion, politics and business influenced or changed them. What is more interesting is Chethan’s ability to provide good background for the story and his  midas touch in keeping the story alive at every page.

His story tells us the typical life at Ahmedabad old city, where people have their own priortiies. His explanation of the day to day life of the Belrampur is quite interesting. The story also reflects the typical pro -business mindset of Gujarati community. If one stayed anywhere in Gujarat, he will definitely like the way Chetan put the things in his novel. The story also tells the impact of  communal riots on those  three friends and last few pages really keeps you too much involved in the novel. Overall a very good novel.

May be it is too early to compare. But I see a lot of similarities between Chethan’s work and Malgudi Days author R K Narayanan’s work. RK Narayan tried to explore the happenings of old village of Malgudi during pre-independence days where as Chethan is exploring the liberalised India and its youth in his novels. Both relates to common man and touch their readers with simplicity.

Hats off to Chethan. For more info Click here

Critically yours

Kiran

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66 Responses

  1. Hi there,

    No offence, but I just fail to see how you could have loved such a lousy book..for once,there is no proper story that seems to be developing, and the author just seems to be rambling on every now and then..be it the Australia tour, or Govind’s love affair.Also, the after-effects of the earthquake could have been described much better..

    For a more detailed review, visit my blog..

  2. i had read ur novel

  3. as a writter u r just wonderfull.i m just become fan of ur writting

  4. “Three Mistakes of My Life” was really a lousy novel. I felt that this novel was written just to make his novel commercially successful. Inclusion of Gujrat riots , sex and cricket, to whom, every Indian can relate to, has been written about. truly speaking, i felt it was the composition of 3-4 stories written in any road side magazine.

    • Baby then you write something interesting which sounds like novel . Its easy to comment negative . And i am waiting for your story …………………………. baby .

  5. yeah i too happened to read the novel. it has not touched my expectation’
    it doesnt have simply to be said as a NOVEL .its like a story plot for the commercial bollywood movie.
    anyway, i had good time pass and i knew manything of india.
    i want to read a strong book like five point someone from chetan bhagat

  6. maine to padha bi nai he.

  7. it was the best book ihave ever read

    • five point someone is really great book which has full happy and good entertinment. this is the first book which i read. after read that book m eager to read some more books.

  8. five point someone is realy great book in my life i had never read any book n dis is 1st book which i have read n now m interested to read more books

  9. I never had interest in reading books but after reading your books i have developed a habit or it has become my hobby to read books. you are simply great your stories The three mistakes of my life is my favourite book and the other 2 are equally good. your stories are really touching and i just feel when i read that i am the part of that story. thank you 4 such great stories.

  10. hello sir, first of all i realy want to express my joy which i had while reading three mistake of life was i never felt in my life time.now days reading novel its my fashion which adding more values to my life.In life we never imagine how citcumstances and chance will going to effect and reflects.

  11. i read the buk n i really liked the buk its damn interesting its story is exactly based to a movie………

  12. Hi chetan waiting for ur next novel when it is releasing.

  13. hi sir. your novel is marvellous.i m not in a habbit of readings novels but when i read ur novel 3 mistake of my life. i m interest to read the novel. i waiting for releasing ur next novel. i hope it wli be interesting than ur earlier books. thankyou for pubhlishing the lovely stories. bye

  14. 3 mistakes of my life iz a nyc novel

  15. hey chetan….jas read only 1 of ur novel datz 2 states……..and truly speaking i hate to read……but by reading 2 states i think i have d ablity 2 read but only books of gud content

  16. HELOO MYSELF RAKHI FROM MATHURA I HAVE READ MANY OF YOUR NOVEL I AM A GREAT FAN OF U THAHKS ………………

  17. UR BOOKS ARE VERY NICE REALLY I DONT KNW FROM WHERE U GET ALL THE MATTER .THE I LIKE MOST IS 3 NIGHT AT CALL CENTER .

  18. chetan ji i became a big fan of urs after reading 3 mistakes of my life… i just cried even while reading that story wat a great story that was now m willing to read 5 point someone hopefully i will get that novel soon…..

    vidhya n govind wow………….

    keeps on writing such stories

    • hi shalini,

      I m a fan of chetan bhagat and after reading your moving comments you liked three mistake of my life …
      i wanted …can you plz snd me the link of free online this book to read.

      waiting for your reply…
      thank you

    • kyu, tune kiya kya jo vidhya aur govind ne kiya?

  19. how can i comment because maine to novel padhi hi nahi.reading novel is such a boaring thing. ”yuck”!

  20. sorry i was just jhonking.(shashi shekhar from bokaro)

  21. HAY!!!!!!!!ITS A LOVELY NOVEL I HAV EVER RD.I M A G8 FAN OF URS………WANA SAY THANX FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL CONTENT U GAV US

  22. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…………………….i m ur big fan n i really like ur novels>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>its intresting

  23. Hiiiiiiiiiii Sir

    I am unable to give you any cmments because ur novels are very intersting i don’t how can i explane u but belive me i am ur’s BIGEST FAN…….

    Thank you for writting such heart teaching novels………….

    Khushi

  24. sir
    can u sent me one reply……… plz………………

    thanks…

  25. nice i love this novel too much

  26. hello sir, until i had’nt read any of the novels :go>>ing to read “3 mistakes ” so just wait for my next comment good bye…

  27. HI I DIDN’T READ THE NOVEL. BUT I AM REALLY VERY EXCITED TO READ
    THAT.

  28. Jhat la dhar

  29. i read ur novel i.e. 3 mistakes of my life,,,,n i actually loved it,

  30. Hav read the story of 3 mistakes in my life online but cudn’t figure out what were the 3 mistakes??? May b the content which i fnd online is nt enough…

  31. HELLO SIR, I AM VERY MUCH INSPIRED BY YOUR NOVELS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I REALLY WANT TO BECOME LIKE YOU.WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY

  32. HELLO SIR, I AM VERY MUCH INSPIRED BY YOUR NOVELS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I REALLY WANT TO BECOME LIKE YOU.WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY

  33. HELLO SIR, I AM VERY MUCH INSPIRED BY YOUR NOVELS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I REALLY WANT TO BECOME LIKE YOU.WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY

  34. dear sir i m a gr8 fan of urs.. while reading dis book i felt dat u mst b so philosophical to write such a novel..
    .
    thanks sir
    .
    plzzzz rply as i m a brnd new fan

  35. by reading the comments above, its clear people read CB. And many of them read a book for the first when they opened CB’s any of the 4 published so far. CB has definitely made reding novels, sort of trendy. But anyone who knows the difference between a good novel , and a great novel wont rate CB more than 3 on a scale of 10. Its easy to negate-criticize but CB is at a place from where everyone would read what he has to say, he has a responsibility. But sadly, all he’s trying to sell is a low budget bollywood script.

  36. the author of this post ‘kiran’
    ‘maybe its too early to compare … ‘
    FORGOD’SSAKE dont compare RK Narayan and Chetan-Bollywood-Bhagat

    All of the Chetan Bhagat fans ( brand new ones to grand old ones ) please find a novel that is, a NOVEL.
    If you have an extra 100 bucks to spend, watch a B-grade movie you’ll feel all the same.
    3 mistakes was one of my mistakes

  37. Three mistakes is phenominally written it has every thing in it , be it politics, business n moreover the lovestory…. the most wonderful character is vidya…n the last few pages were too gud…
    overall i’d say that i am spellbound…
    truly marvalous!!
    i know i read it very late … bt kya karun ab tak physics chem. n maths hi padta tha… its the first novel of my life…
    now luking forward to Two States.. :-)
    SUJAY PANDE (INDORE, MP)

  38. hey i luv dat nove,,its nt lyk ny stupid framed story!!!des knd of novels shd b written more!!!!

  39. Hiiiiiii chetan i loved ur all the novels very much that too which i have read it’s really awesomeeeeeeee and interesting …………….. i would be waiting for ur next novel eagerly plz publish any romantic novel chetan sirrrrrrrrr………………….

  40. +sir would be waiting 4 ur reply ………… as i am very much inspired by ur novels

  41. hiiiiiiii sir plz believe my dis book is really very nice

  42. i jst loved his novel one nite@ call center n even 3mistakes of my life

  43. i am 14 yrs old n i found ur book very indecent
    can any1 plz tell me dat for wat age group does chetan bhagat write

  44. i like to read this book

  45. Well Mr. Chetan write such a great novels that they donot let me complete my hw

  46. This story belong to everyone

  47. I ont have intrest in reading novels n i didnt read dis novel 2 bt by reading d above commens i think dat i should read it wem i will read den i will surely cment….

  48. Hey ! Frnd i also lik it nd i hav no suffi word to expres my feeling .
    Thnks alot

  49. Best book i never read before it

  50. Best book of my knowledge

  51. i read ur novel i.e. 3 mistakes of my life,,,,n i actually loved it,

  52. its really an gooooooood story,i loved it…!!!

  53. my fav author s chetan………

    and his stories really impress me a lot…..
    lovd by his wors of expression.:-)

  54. Its humbug na thing to praise at all..character plot r flat dats bond the young generation entirely bt doesnt large lastic impact on mind while it represent one community..its marvellous for commercial bt nt encoded as best writer..among all 3 states splendid ..xpected much more dhn of dat..

  55. hello sir, u are so renowned person butt i have not heared about u ever in my life but today when i am reading a aritcle as above on this page. seriously I have Not interested to read a novel but at this time I am just want to read your novels.”three mistakes of my life”, One night at call center.if u have spare time so please reply. I am waiting for your response.

  56. hahaha………………………..nice

  57. What is the moral of the story “The 3 Mistakes of My Life”?

  58. I like it awasm…..

  59. It is much worse than his earlier two books. Five Point Someone was great, the Call Centre was OK with a stupid ending and this one is nothing more than the script for a C grade movie. It certainly does not deserve to be a best seller.

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