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  1. 1. The Three Mistakes of My Life (Summary) : It is the story of three close friends Govind, Ish and Omi. Govind Loves business, Ish loves cricket and Omi is taken by religion. Govind wishes to start a business with Ish and Omi as partners. Together they establish a cricket store on land that belongs to Omi’s family who own a temple in the vicinity. The shop rakes in good profits thanks to Ish’s cricketing wisdom and Govind’s business acumen. Govind decides to make his next big move by establishing a posh cricket store in an upcoming mall in the next city. Meanwhile Ish spots a Muslim boy named Ali who has exceptional talent as a batsman and wants to train him to be the next best thing that ever happened to Indian cricket. What follows forms the crux of the story. Ish’s sister Vidhya provides another twist to Govind’s turbulent life. However it is the portrayal of Omi’s religion fanatic uncle that steals the show. What impressed me most was the way Chetan Bhagat combined fact and fiction. Govind’s dreams of establishing a posh cricket store in.
  2. 2. an upcoming mall in the next city are crushed by the earthquake in Gujarat on the 26th of January, 2001. The setting of the Sabarmati Express on fire by miscreants is also used by Chetan Bhagat and sadly the incident consumes Omi’s cousin. And of course Chetan gives an interesting take on the memorable Kolkata test at Eden Gardens when Ganguly’s men grasped victory from the jaws of defeat against Steve Waugh’s world beating squad. Communal riots from a very important part of the story and ultimately lead to a gruesome climax. The conversation exchanges between Ish’s sister Vidhya and Govind that lead to their falling in love with each other are very fresh and captivating until the point when the author takes things a bit too far in the name of romance
  3. 3. Major characters • Govind : Govind Patel is an ordinary guy with whom anybody can relate. He has very few desires but he is obsessed with the desires he covets. His main ambition is to become a businessman as he thinks that being a Gujarati, business is in his blood. His best friends are Omi and Ish (Ishaan). Govind is an agnostic. His father has abandoned him and his mother runs a small business. He makes extra income by giving mathematics tuitions. He continues these tuitions even after starting the cricket shop business. He is the narrator of this story and the one who makes the titular "Three Mistakes". During the course of the story he falls in love with Vidya, Ishan's younger sister for whom he is a private tutor. Govind is the one who looks after the financial part of the business as he has good business sense and mathematical skills. • Ishaan (Ish) : He is a big cricket freak and also a patriot at heart. Ishaan has been the best cricketer in his locality and school. He suggests the name of their business as "Team India Cricket Shop". He helps Govind's business by organising daily cricket coaching camps. He has a younger
  4. 4. Omi : He is the son of the Hindu priest of the local temple. His family enjoys great respect among the people. Through Omi's parents and maternal uncle (who own few shops as a part of the temple trust property), they readily get a place to start their business. He is a rather dumb boy and has not many dreams, but likes to concentrate on having a healthy body. However, he resents growing up and being a saint like his father. He is a religious person and eventually takes active part in his maternal uncle's religious politics. He is however confused about his religious views which are mainly influenced by Bittoo Mama. Vidya : She is Ishan's younger sister. She is a rebel at heart and dreams to break free from the constraints of a typical middle-class family and society, to go to Mumbai, do a course in PR and become independent. She however despises maths which is required for her medical entrance exams. Hence, Ish asks Govind to take her mathematics tuition. However, in between their tuition they fall in love, have sexual relations, which is kept a secret from everyone. Ishaan usually looks after day-to-day shop activities as he has genuine interest in anything cricket-related.
  5. 5. Ali : One of the students in Ish's coaching classes and a great batsman because of a rare gift of nature. However, he doesn't play too much cricket as he gets tired really fast and enjoys playing marbles. He is a Muslim boy and respects Ish like a Guru. He too, like Ish is patriotic at heart. He denies the offer of Australian scholarship and wants to play in the Indian side. Bittoo Mama : He is the maternal uncle of Omi. Mama runs the trust of the temple and agrees to rent the place to the three friends for the Cricket Shop business. He is an active member of a Hindu political Party. He follows the preachings of Parekh-ji, a political-cum-spiritual leader and has complete faith in him. He has locked his horns with Ali's father who belongs to the Secular Party. He has a son Dhiraj. Mama is not fond of Govind as he is an agnostic. He is the main antagonist of the story. Govind's mom : Gujarati woman. She wants her son to pursue a degree in Engineering. She runs a home- made food business. She cares about Govind a lot and supports him well through his hardships and struggles. Only Omi figures out the relationship Govind and Vidya share and also reminds Govind about the consequences of Ish finding out about the love birds.
  6. 6. Ali's Father : He is a devout Muslim and works for a secular party. He is a very kind-hearted person who wants Ali to take his education seriously despite his mediocre financial condition. He treats the three friends very well when they go to visit Ali in his house. Overall he is a good person. Fred Li : He is an Australian Cricket Team member and a fast bowler. He invites the three friends and Ali to Sydney when they travel to Goa to see India- Australia One Day International and meet him in the stands. He spots talent in Ali and wants to help him getting a chance to be trained in his academy in Australia. Loosely based on Brett Lee.
  7. 7. About the Author Bhagat was born in New Delhi to a middle-class family. His father was officer in the army (Lt Col) and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. Bhagat's education was mostly in Delhi. He attended the Birla Vidhya Niketan, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi (1978–1991). He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D)(1991–1995). He graduated from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (1995–1997). After graduation he worked as an investment banker in Hong Kong. He had been working in Hong Kong for 11 years before shifting to Mumbai to pursue his passion for writing. He has written six books, all of which are bestsellers. His two novels were written during his tenure as an investment banker. Translation This English National Bestseller has been published in Gujarati language by a leading Gujarati book publisher, M.B.D. based in Ahmedabad & Mumbai. This book has been also translated into Tamil and is published by Diamond Pocket Books. The French translation was released by Cherche Midi publisher in March 2010 under "Les 3 erreurs de ma vie" title.
  8. 8. Film adaptations Main article : Kai Po Che! The movie version of the novel is Kai Po Che! Directed by Abhishek Kapoor starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh was released in February 2013. The film and the book are set in Gujarat, hence the title Kai Po Che!. My Opinion: I love Chetan Bhagat's ability to connect with his reader, his simple language flow just grips you... yeah, there sure are some limitations, but highly ignorable. I found his choice of women to be of just one type... the "sweet, simple and pretty, salwar kameez clad" kinds.. Neha of Five Point someone and Vidya of this book are exactly similar. The hero is always in a group of 3 friends... the thinking pattern somehow remains the same. One more point I would like to add. The mistakes the narrator talks about are not really such big ones. Anyone would act the same way he did in his situation. I could sympathize with the character fully
  9. 9. Teacher’s Remark :

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