Chetan Bhagat is one of the most popular contemporary writers in India. Famous for his Indian-English novels, Bhagat writes about young middle-class urban Indians. Not only that, he has won a Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for 2013 film Kai Po Che. He is credited with literally making India read again as well as reviving the Indian Publishing Industry. His books are widely successful and have inspired many youngsters to become authors as well.
In 2008, Chetan Bhagat was named the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history by the New York Times. He also featured in TIME magazine’s 100 top influential people in the world. Here are five of his best novels so far:
1) Five Point Someone
Three friends doing engineering is the premise of this novel. However, the book is not about engineering but about giving preference to your passion rather than following the rat race to fulfill others dreams. This book was loosely adapted into a 2009 movie called ‘3 Idiots’.
2) The 3 Mistakes of My Life
3 Mistakes of My Life explains the bond of friendship with traces of 3 best friends in Gujarat. It also picks some sensitive issues in Gujarat and links with their impacts on business and people. In 2013, the movie, ‘Kai Po Che!’ was made based on this book.
3) 2 States – The Story of My Marriage
This book is partly autobiography of Chetan Bhagat himself. The story works around the hardships in convincing families belonging to different states with different religions and traditions to agree for their marriage. This proves to be one of the novels that can engage
4) One Night @ the Call Center
Six call-center employees, spending night after night helping
5) Half Girlfriend
More than friends, but not ready to be committed to each other? Madhav and Riya find a perfect solution to this complex relationship problem. Riya becomes Madhav’s Half Girlfriend! Apart from this being a love story, the book also tries to look at the people from two and three tiered cities who are judged based on their knowledge and proficiency in a language and their and attractions for the English speaking crowd. The 2017 movie by the same name is based on this book.