He is known to almost every college student, he is author, he is screenwriter, he is columnist and speaker.. he is Chetan Bhagat. Bhagat is yet again back with another love story ‘Half Girlfriend’ which is due for release this October. The novel is available for pre-orders on the e-commerce website Flipkart.
The synopsis of the book on Flipkart’s advertisement in a national daily reads : “Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a girl called Riya. Madhav didn’t speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.”
An investment banker-turned-novelist who wants his novels to be next to bread and jeans in super markets has six books published so far. Here’s what these novels are like :
Five Point Someone : The very first novel written by Chetan came out in the year 2004. It deals with the lives of the three friends, namely, Hari, Alok and Ryan. Their excitement on making it to one of the best engineering colleges in India is quickly deflated by the monotony of the academic work. It went on to become the best-selling novel. The novel inspired a superhit bollywood movie “3 Idiots”.
One Night @ the Call Center : Published in the year 2005, it revolves around six employees working in a call center. The story is woven around an almost lost love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressures of a patriarchy, an insight on the lifestyle of youth of this country and the work environment of a globalised office. The plot takes a twist when one night they receive a phone call from God. It was later adapted into a film called – Hello!
The Three Mistakes of My Life : Published in May 2008, it had an initial print-run of 420,000. The novel which took the cinematic path and became Kai Po Che, is a story of three friends : Govind, Ishan and Omi. The story presented through Govind’s eyes is knitted around the three mistakes he makes in his life : Mistake 1- Govind had paid a huge advance for opening a store in Navrangpura shopping mall even though his friends tried to stop him from doing so. (Also gave too much importance to his shop in the mall, and forgot to care about the lives lost in the earthquake). Mistake 2- He fell in love with Vidya (Ishan’s younger sister). Mistake 3- He waited a split second and dived too late to save Ali because of his own selfishness. Ali’s wrist was destroyed. (Ali is one of the students of Ishan’s cricket training classes).
2 States – The Story of My Marriage : The novel was transformed into a Bollywood film with the same name starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The novel came out in the year 2009 and is based on the story of a couple from two different states of India. It shows the hardships faced by the the couple in convincing their parents to approve their marriage.
Revolution 2020 : It’s the story of a love triangle, set in the time of engineering entrance exams in Varanasi. Revolution 2020 offers a glimpse into the entrance exam coaching-classes racket. Gopal and Raghav are two friends separated by their ambitions and passions yet connected by Aarti, the love of their life.
What Young India wants : The only non-fiction book by Chetan, it is a compilation of his speeches and essays. It has various topics ranging from Indian society, Indian politics and young Indians.
Chetan Bhagat easily mixes up with young Indian readers through his novels!