Born on 22 April 1974, Chetan Bhagat became an important public figure when he started his career as an author in 2004 with his first book, ‘Five point someone’ . He is now a screenwriter, television personality, motivational speaker and a columnist for notable newspapers such as “The Times of India” and “Dainik Bhaskar”. Some of his notable screenwriting works include ‘Kai Po che!’, 2 States and Kick. Hailing from New Delhi, Bhagat’s education is starred with names like IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmadabad. Before moving to India to pursue writing as his full time career he worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. His wall of bestselling novels include ‘Five Point Someone’, ‘One night @ the call center’, ‘The Three mistakes of my life’, ‘2 States’, ‘Revolution 2020’, ‘Half Girlfriend’, and ‘Making India Awesome’.
Five Point Someone - Released in 2004, this book sold over a million copies worldwide and also has a film adaptation, ‘Three idiots’ which did equally good on the Box Office. This book talks about life of three hostel mates at IIT. Their survival hacks and fails at IIT, how their GPA comes in between everything from their friendships, family to their love life. The disclaimer of the book “This is not a book to teach you how to get into IIT or even how to live in college. In fact, it describes how screwed up things can get if you don’t think straight” rightfully explains the journey that reader will take through this book.
One night @ the call center - 2.5 million copies sold, this book was published in 2005 and has a film adaptation ‘Hello’. Based on 6 employees working in a Call center, Bhagat has tried to portray their love behind their tech support work for a US Multinational Company. Maintaining their life between the shifts and juggling their sanity with the calls, one day, on Thanksgiving in America, their life changes by a call from one very special caller. This romantic comedy leaves you in awe with the life at an international call center.
The Three Mistakes of My Life - Third best seller novel by Chetan bhagat, it was published in May 2008 and had an initial print-run of 420,000. This book is about a young boy from Ahmadabad who dreams of having a business by accommodating his friends Ish and Omi’s passion. Nothing comes without a cost in a turbulent city and to achieve their goals they go through religious politics, earthquakes, riots, unacceptable love and above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it?
What Young India Wants - Published in 2012, this book was varied from all Chetan Bhagat writings. In this novel, he asks hard questions, demands answers and presents solutions for a better, more prosperous India. He analyzes some complex issues related with the youth of India and offers solutions and openly invites discussion about them. Understanding the contemporary India, it is a great non- fiction.
2 States - More than 2 million copies sold, this book was released in 2013 .Greatly appreciated by the youth it led to release of a successful box office film by the same name. Indian marriage is tying of a bond between two families and not only the boy and girl; and if it as a love marriage from two different states, well, the difficulties are doubled. This is a battle between two youngsters deeply in love who will do anything to make their parents happily agree for their marriage.
Revolution 2020 - Released in 2014, It revolves around two guys, one who wanted to use his intelligence to make money, and the other to create a revolution. They both fell in love with their childhood friend Aarti, and all three struggle to find love and success in Varansi. Who will win?
Half Girlfriend - Released in October 2014, with initial print run of 1.5 million copies, this was a much awaited novel. A bihari guy and a delhi Girl, the English language barrier turns out to be the cause of their separation. The girl agreeing for a compromise becomes his ‘Half- Girlfriend’. What does this relationship turn out to be and what does it mean? This book earned many hearts from its story and continues to ramin a best- seller.
Making India Awesome - Being at par with his first non- fiction work, Chetan bhagat again published a similar book in August 2015. It is a compilation of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country’s most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more.