The Three Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat is a mix of cricket, religion, business, love, and friendship. Everything that makes for a good Hindi serial and not necessarily a good book. The book is set in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujrat. The book is said to be based on real-life events.
It begins in a dramatic fashion, Bhagat receives an e-mail from Govind who had taken sleeping pills and was writing to him while waiting for the pills to take effect. Chetan was shaken enough by the incident to travel to India all the way from Singapore. He then tracks the boy down to an Ahmedabad hospital. Who was thankfully still alive. The book is based on the three mistakes Govind made in his life.
Now it is time to meet the other characters in the book. There is, of course, Govind, a true Gujrati boy who wants to start a business of his own. Then there is Ishaan (called Ish), who is a very talented cricket player. Then comes Omi, the son of a priest. The three are best friends. They decide to go into business together. The 3 of them open up a cricket shop. It becomes a success and seems to offer a promising future. They even discover a local youngster named Ali who is an incredibly promising cricket-talent and take him under their wings. Things start to get rough for Govind as the story progresses. Some unexpected things happen that lead to major upheavals in the characters’ life. Religion and politics play a very important role in the book.
The book tries too hard. It has a predictable ending and lacks that factor that would make it a joyful read for me. I personally would not read it again. If you like Chetan Bhagat books then you are welcome to read it. This book will surely help you pass your time and appreciate good writing.