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Three Mistakes Of My Life

Updated on October 10, 2013

Introduction

The book is really worth reading. We get a completely new theme here. It is just about us- the young generation of India- how we commit mistake and overcome from it. You must read it to know the problem of real young Indians.It is just all about the most popular things in India- Cricket, Religion and Business. Language is easy and style is very beautiful.

It is the third novel of Chetan Bhagat. It is the story of three young fast friends Govind Patel, Ishaan and Omi, who live in Ahmedabad. The main theme of the novel is business, cricket and religion; love is also a sub-theme.

In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s

Review - Story and Your Opinion

The novel is a story of three best friends, who live in Ahmedabad, Guharat. The novel revolves around the character of Govind Patel and his two friends Omi and Ishaan. The novel begin with the author receiving a suicide mail from a boy named Govind from Ahmedabad. The author became horrified and found out Govind and came to meet him to knew the reasons behind his suicide. Govind narrates-

The three friends wanted to start a business, all three set up a cricket shop that is going good. Govind was also good in Mathematics, Ishaan requested him to teach his sister Vidhya, for whom he is very possessive. Vidya is an immature young girl who has no interest in maths or medicine she wants to be a PR and wants to have the freedom to live her life king size.

Govind want to spread his business, so they purchase a new shop in the market. Everything was done, next day their dream was going to completed but unfortunately earthquake spoils their dreams specially Govind. Govind is heartbroken,but after support from friends and mother he gets back to handling his small shop.They are often visited at their shop by Omi's mama-Bitoo mama,who is a member of a Hindu Political Party and a devotee of Parekhji the leader of this party.He often drags these kids to his political meetings.Meanwhile Ishaan hears about a very talented boy named Ali who hits a six at every ball.Ishaan checks him out.But Ali gets tired after every fourth ball and has a terrible headache.He takes him to the doctor who says he's blessed with exceptionally fast reflexes and this puts a pressure on his brain.Ishaan decides to coach him,build up his stamina and prepare him to be a national team player.He gives Omi the responsibility of his diet as he's malnourished.Omi first refuses because he is a Muslim and the son of Bitoo mama's arch rival-a leader of Muslim Political Party.He later agrees to help Ali but keep it all a secret.

Ishaan was very possessive for Ali and he wanted that Ali must participate in Indo-Australian match. All four went to Australia and in fact Ali got a scholarship from there, but the condition was that he would play for Australia. Ali refused as he told he was too patriotic to play from Australia team. One day Govind felt that he was missing Vidya. He called him and talked about his feeling. They both fell in love. The trio along with Ali return Ahmedabad and get back to their routine.Romance peaks between Govind and Vidya and one day on her birthday they commit the unforgivable sin(Govinds second mistake).Govind is ashamed of having a coveted affair with his best friends sister.Omi doubt's their relationship and warns Govind about the consequences.

In the meantime Muslims burnt Bitto Mama's son Dheeraj. Bitto mama burnt so many Muslim families living there. And they wanted Ali as well. But the three friends wanted to save him and did their best to save him. They hide in a cold store, but unfortunately Finally Bitoo mama had Ali in his grip.Omi gets accidentally killed by his mama when he tries to save Ali.Govind misses rescuing Ali by a split second and Ali's wrist get cut rendering him handicapped to play(Govinds third mistake).Bitoo mama gets killed in the fight.Ishaan is upset with Govind for thinking selfish and delaying protecting Ali.He also discovers his relationship with his sister and is mad at him.Govind blames himself for all the sad events and commits suicide but is saved.

His mother convinces Ishaan to forgive him.Ishaan with his sister come to meet Govind in the hospital and become friends again.Govind promises to pay for Ali's treatment.Ali gets a surgery done which turns successful andhe once again starts practising cricket.

The book ends Govind agreeing to help the author write a book on his three mistakes.

The book effectively portrays the thinking process that goes on in young minds and clubbed with unique style of Chetan's storytelling and effective customization with local culture, events etc makes an excellent read.

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