Finally, I am done with reading Chetan Bhagat’s new novel ‘The 3 mistakes of my life’. And, as usual, I am here to rant about what I found in the book and what I didn’t.
I had been reading this book for more than a week, which is too much, by my standards, for a Bhagat novel. Both his earlier books – ‘One night at the call centre’ and ‘Five point someone’ – were devoured by me in a single sitting, in one day max. I couldn’t put them down, but this – I put down many a time.
I used to believe that Chetan Bhagat = Humorous light reading + Simple and beautiful narration of an otherwise average story. On these counts, this book disappointed me. I missed the typical Bhagat style of narration. The storyline is good, but I somehow felt Bhagat has not written this piece with as much heart as he did his earlier two books. Maybe it is because I couldn’t help comparing this to his earlier works. Also, I had huge expectations from this book, at some level because it is a tale woven around my city – Ahmedabad.
I would not like to put down any writer or, for that matter, any creative person, as I know how much effort goes into a creation. But this book is in need of some serious proofreading. We are not ‘Ambavadis’, we are ‘AMDAVADIS’. 😐
Like his two other books, this book also has youth, which translates to a lot of cuss words, booze, an affair. It also has love-hate relationships, a lot of melodrama and a typical Hindi movie-type ending. I am not saying that everything about this book is horrible. Some parts are very well-written and effective. The description of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, the 2002 Gujarat riots, the hero’s friend’s love for cricket and the country – all these touched a chord. On the whole, it is an OK-ish book. A you-don’t-miss-anything-if-you-skip-this-one kind.
PS: 1)Orbis Terrarum Challenge Update : I could not find PG Wodehouse’s ‘Love among chickens’ anywhere. 😦 So I’ll be reading ‘Aunts aren’t gentlemen’ by Wodehouse instead.
2) I agree with Mr. SN – Tara-rum-pum Challenge does sound way better than Orbis Terrarum Challenge. 😀