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THE THREE MISTAKES OF MY LIFE: CHETAN BHAGAT

The 3 Mistakes of My Life is actually Five Point Someone part two. The only difference is the three ‘five pointers’ are not in an IIT but strugglers in the real sense of the word – running a small business of their own in Ahmedabad.
But of course ‘3 mistakes’ is better designed, better marketed and ready to be snapped up by the now numerous ‘Chetan Bhagat’ followers. Fans will not be disappointed. This book has all the ingredients CB is loved and lapped up for. Characters and storylines one can relate to. The small joys and the big frustrations of growing up (which are pretty much common across India). So I won’t discuss the plot – read the book if you like CB style storytelling, keep away, if you don’t.
On the downside, the climax felt contrived – as if the author were thinking, “Hey this would surely look good in a movie.” Ditto feeling with the chapter in Australia and the entire plot around a boy called Ali. Lastly, the ‘3 mistakes’ were not really mistakes… But here’s one major mistake in the book. The story is set in 2001-02 but the characters use cellphones all the time!

– RASHMI BANSAL

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