Chetan Bhagat Chetan Bhagat (Born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author who has written five points someone, one night @the call centre, the 3 mistakes of my life and 2 states: the story of my marriage. He has also written the script of Hello, the Hindi movie based on one night @the call centre. Bhagat was born in New Delhi in a Punjabi family and attended the army school (1978-1991), Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and then studied at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad (1995-1997), where he was named “The Best out Going Student”.
He fell in love with his IIM Ahmadabad classmate Anusha and they eventually got married. He has two twin sons called Shyam and Ishaan. Chetan is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading MNC’s and Institutions. Chetan quits his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He recently moved to India after eleven years in Hong Kong. He now lives in Mumbai with his wife and kids. The New York Times called Chetan “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 placed Chetan Bhagat in the Time list of “100 world’s most influential people” Writing style Bhagat’s writing style tends to be simple with linear narratives and vivid story telling. Bhagat’s writing style is in a light hearted manner with some dark themes in the background. His protagonists tend to be named after avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu, like Hari, Shyam, Govind, or Krishna. All in his books have numbers in title. (e. g. ’five’ in his first novel, ’one’ in his second, ‘three’ in his third and ‘two’ in his latest book ) when asked about this Bhagat replied “I’m a banker. I can’t get numbers out of my head”. Bhagat writes in the quick-fire campus idiom that young Indians use and exploits a brash populism to reach the widest market. His writing style is largely similar in all the four novels. However it is see seriousness of the novels gradually went on increasing. Each novel has the character set. The protagonist is a very normal kind of boy whom any Indian teen ager can asily relate to. He is moderate in terms of thoughts and vies not to assertive. However the agnostic stance of lead character in the mistake is exception. The friends of the protagonist are also very common nature. The novels shone virtual bondage by their respective families. Yet girls appeared in his novels can be easily compared to an average Indian girl. Thus the novel has characters and is really set in a typical Indian setting. The characters are neighborhood characters and this is what makes the novels a success.
His first novel, Five Point Someone, adopted a breezy, ironic tone to explore the lives of the exam-oppressed students who cram to get into the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and then rebel against the stultifying atmosphere of academic competition. It features soft drugs, binge-drinking and an affair between a student and his professor’s daughter. One Night @ the Call Centre is a romcom set in an office where bored young Indians try to resolve the mindless inquiries of Midwestern American technophobes. Novels 1. Five point someone- what not to do at IIT! 2004) was his first book about three students- hari, Ryan and Alok who come from three different backgrounds. This book is about their studies in IIT Delhi and how they cope with the pressures of studies, families and relationships. The book was well received by the public, especially among the younger generation, and brought Bhagat as a large following. It was adapted into a play by the theatre group of Madras Players, and also by Evam. This book was adapted into a movie called 3 idiots, though Bhagat has stated that he was not involved in the scriptwriting in any way.
And was involved in a controversy with the director and producer of the movie over crediting of his contribution to script. 2. One night @ the call center (2005) was released in India in October 2005 also to popular demand. This book was about six people who worked in a call center and about the night when they received the call from God. The movie version of this novel is titled as Hello. However the film didn’t succeed commercially. 3. The three mistakes of my life (2008) is Bhagat’s third book, about cricket, religious politics and rebellious love.
About how three friends get caught in a tangle to earn some money and fame, and they sort it out. The book was published in May 2008 and had an initial print run of 200000. The novel follows the story of three friends and is based in the city Ahmadabad in western India . with this book he became the best selling English novelist in India’s history. 4. 2 states: the story of my marriage (2009) is about how love marriage work in India and is again typical of him in the first person. It is similar to his first book five point someone and is inspired by his own life.
The publishers Rupa & Co. ordered an unprecedented two hundred tones of paper for the first print of this highly anticipated book. It released on October 8th 2009. Awards ?Society young achiever’s award in 2004. ?Publisher’s recognition award in 2005. Chetan Bhagat: the paperback king of India A year after the launch of Slum dog Millionaire, the Oscar-winning movie of Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A, some more quiz questions: Who is the most read living Indian writer? Is it a) Aravind Adiga (Booker prize-winning author of The White Tiger); b) Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children); ) Vikram Seth (A Suitable Boy); or d) Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things)? Answer: none of these. Chetan Bhagat The author of the romantic comedy One Night @ the Call Centre has now published four novels and sold some 2. 5m copies in the last five years. According to press reports, Bhagat’s latest novel 2 States sells a copy every 20 seconds, and is only outperformed by his previous bestseller, The 3 Mistakes of My Life. This, according to the Guardian, “sells a copy every 17 seconds”.