Making India Awesome

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Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat, the country’s biggest-selling writer, returns with another book 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. Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable you to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and give practical solutions on how you can do your part to solve them.

In this book, we discuss about top 25 burning problems of India and recommend practical solutions to these problems. Readers will be able to try out few solutions and improve condition of his/her village/layout/block/district/state. Readers will also be able to come up with better/alternative solutions to problems of India. If all Indians devote one hour per day for solving top problems of India, within a decade, India can become an awesome developed country.

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Half Girl Friend

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Half Girlfriend is an Indian English coming of age, young Adult Romance novel by Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The novel, set in rural Bihar,New Delhi,Patna, and New york, is the story of a Bihari Boy in quest of winning over the girl he loves. This is Bhagat’s sixth novel which was released on 1 October 2014 by Rupa publications. The novel has also been published in Hindi and Gujarati versions as well. A Bollywood film adaptation is planned.

Dedicated to “non English-types”, the book divulges the sentiments and linguistic struggles of a backward rural Bhojpuri-laced Hindi speaking boy from Bihar as he enrolls himself at the prestigious English-medium St.Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and falls in love with a “high class English speaking rich Delhi girl”. The girl does not admit the relationship but agrees to be his “half girlfriend”.Chetan Bhagat commented, “Half-Girlfriend, to me, is a unique Indian phenomenon, where boys and girls are not clear about their relationship status with each other. A boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend. Hence, I thought we needed a term like ‘Half girlfriend’. Because, in India, that is what most men get

Main characters

  • Madhav Jha, A guy from Bihar
  • Riya Somani, a Delhi girl
  • Rani sahiba, madhav’s mother
  • Shailesh, Madhav’s college friend
  • Rohan Chandak, Riya’s ex-husband
  • Chetan Bhagat, as himself
  • MLA Ojha, in Bihar
  • Erica, A bar singer in New York
  • Samantha Myers, From the Bill Gates Foundation
  • Shyam, Madhav’s Son 

    The story begins with Madhav Jha, a rural boy from Dumraon, a village in Buxar, Bihar, as he comes to meet the author Chetan Bhagatand leaves behind a few journals from his half-girlfriend who he believes has died. Chetan Bhagat calls him up the next morning to hear his story. He starts by describing his trouble entering St.Stephen’s, as his English was quite bad. Being a good basketball player, Madhav Jha gets admission through his sports quota.

    The rich and beautiful Riya Somani, a girl from Delhi, is also selected through the sports quota. Madhav and Riya become close friends due to their association with basketball. Madhav wants to make her his girlfriend, but she refuses. He demands that they get physical. Offended by his obscene ultimatum (Deti hai to de, warna katle), Riya parts company with him and tells him not to talk to her anymore.

    A year later, Riya marries her childhood friend Rohan and settles in London, where Rohan has a big business. Finding Delhi unbearable on grounds of losing Riya, Madhav settles in his hometown and helps his mother, Rani Sahiba, run her school. Seeing the condition of the school – no proper classes or toilets – Madhav decides to meet local MLA Ojha for financial help, but the MLA is refuses to help. An opportunity comes when MLA Ojha informs Madhav about Bill Gates’ visit to some schools in Bihar. Madhav tries his best to convince Gates to fund his schools’ development, but to do so he has to prepare a speech, preferably in English.

    In the course of his struggle, he comes across Riya, who is a divorcee. Riya helps him prepare the speech. The two are successful in their fundraising, but, after the speech, Riya leaves a letter for him which states that she has lung cancer. Riya’s letter confesses her love for Madhav but states she has three months to live. When Madhav attempts to track her down, he finds that she has cut all ties in India and has disappeared.

    After three years, it is revealed from Riya’s journals that she is alive. Madhav goes in search of her in New York. After three months of extensively searching, he finds her in a bar working as a singer. They get married soon after.

    The book ends as the author visits the rural school in Dumraon three and a half years later; he discovers it is being run successfully by Madhav and Riya, who now have a son, Shyam.

One night @ the call center

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One Night @ the Call Center is a novel written by Chetan Bhagat and first published in 2005. The novel revolves around a group of six  employees working at the Connexions call center in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. It takes place during one night, during which all of the leading characters confront some aspect of themselves or their lives they would like to change. The story uses a literal deus ex machina, when the characters receive a phone call from God.The book was the second best-selling novel from the award winning author after Five point someone.

The book begins with a frame story, which recounts a train journey from Kanpur to Delhi. During the journey, the narrating author meets a beautiful girl. The girl offers to tell the author a story on the condition that he has to make it his second book. After a lot of hesitation, the author agrees. The story was about six people working in a call center. One night they got a phone-call from god within the story, which comprises the bulk of the book, relates the events that happen one night at a call center. Told through the eyes of the protagonist, Shyam, it is a story of almost lost love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressures of a patriarchal set up, an insight on the lifestyle of youth of this country and the work environment of a globalized office. Shyam loves but has lost Priyanka, who is now planning an arranged marriage with another; Vroom loves Esha. Esha wants to be a model, Radhika is in an unhappy marriage with a demanding mother-in-law, and military uncle wants to talk to his grandson; they all hate Bakshi, their cruel and somehow sadist boss. Claimed to be based on a true story, the author chooses Shyam Mehra (alias Sam Marcy) as the narrator and protagonist, who is one among the six call center employees featured.

A phone call from God is one of the salient features in the novel. In order to cheer themselves up, all the lead characters of the novel decide to go and enjoy at a night club. After enjoying for a while, they leave for office. While returning, they face a life-threatening situation when their Qualis crashes into a construction site hanging over a mesh of iron construction rods. As the rods began to yield slowly, they start to panic. They are unable to call for help as there is no mobile phone network at that place, but Shyam’s mobile phone starts ringing. The phone call is from God, who speaks modern English. He speaks to all of them and gives them suggestions to improve their life, and advises them on how to get their vehicle out of the construction site. The conversation with God motivates the group to such an extent that they get ready to face their problems with utmost determination and motivation. Meanwhile Vroom and Shyam hatch a plan to throw Bakshi out of the call center and prevent the closing of Connexions call center, whose employees are to be downsized radically. When they emerge from danger, they have clear-cut goals in their mind. On returning to the call center, they carry out their plans with dexterity.

The themes involve the anxieties and insecurities of the rising Indian middle class, including questions about career, inadequacy, marriage, family conflicts in a changing India, and the relationship of the young Indian middle class to both executives and ordinary clients whom they serve in the United States. There is an aspect of self help in the book as the author invites readers to identify aspects of themselves and their lives that make them angry and that they would like to change.

Five Point Someone

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What not to do at IIT! is a 2004 novel written by Chetan Bhagat, an Alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology,Delhi and Indian Institute of Management,Ahmedabad. The book sold more than a million copies worldwide. The movie 3 Idiots is based on this book.

The book is narrated by Hari, with some small passages by his friends Ryan and Alok, as well as a letter by Hari’s girlfriend Neha Cherian. It deals with the lives of the three friends, whose elation on making it to one of the best engineering colleges in India is quickly deflated by the rigor and monotony of the academic work. Most of the book deals with the numerous attempts by the trio to cope with and/or beat the system as well as Hari’s fling with Neha who just happens to be the daughter of Prof. Cherian, the domineering head of the Mechanical Engineering Department of their college.

While the tone of the novel is humorous, it takes some dark turns every now and then, especially when it comes to the families of the protagonists. Most of the action, however, takes place inside the campus as the boys, led by the ever creative Ryan, frequently lamenting how the internationally lauded IIT system has stifled their creativity by forcing them to value grades more than anything else. Uninspiring teaching and numerous assignments add to their woes, though the boys do find a sympathizer in Prof. Veera, the new fluid mechanics professor.

Characters

Hari Kumar

Hari Kumar is the narrator of the story. While he talks about others a lot he doesn’t really talk about himself. Hari lacks confidence and is very bad at vivas and is dating, the daughter of Professor Cherian, Neha Cherian. He isn’t very attractive and is a ‘loser’ like Alok. Hari is played by R. Madhavan in 3 Idiots.

Ryan Oberoi

He is creative and likes original ideas (like Professor Veera). He cares a lot for his friends and claims not to love his parents, even though he hints he misses them every now and then. Ryan is played by Aamir Khan in the movie 3 Idiots. And in tamil played by IIayathalapathi Vijay in the movie “Nanban”.

Alok Gupta

He is a ‘cry baby’, fat and a loser as claimed by his friend Ryan. His family is poor and he is in IIT for them. His sister is not getting married as he does not have enough dowry to give the groom’s family. In the start of the story he dislikes Ryan as he is always having fun and not studying but, after he comes back after breaking friendship with Ryan and Hari, his perspective about Ryan changes. Alok is played by Sharman Joshi in the movie 3 Idiots.

Awards

  • Indo-American Society’s Society Young Achiever’s Award (2004)
  • The Publisher’s Recognition Award (2005)
  • It was adapted into a play by the theatre company “Evam” which took it on a national tour in India in 2010.

What Young India Wants

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What Young India Wants is a non-fiction book by Chetan Bhagat. A compilation of his speeches and essays, it focuses on Indian society, politics the youth. The book revolves around Bhagat’s thoughts and innovations on how to improve the Indian economy through social reforms. It also criticizes the dis-function of the Indian government as well as moralities regarding the current condition of India. Bhagat writes about how India can be a progressive society in the future. He talks about the rampant corruption in India and how society should change to rid it. The theme is central to his dream of a free and forward thinking India.

Published in August 2012, the book was universally panned by critics.

 

The 3 mistakes of my life

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The 3 Mistakes of My Life is the third novel written by Chetan Bhagat. The book was published in May 2008 and had an initial print-run of 420,000. The novel follows the story of three friends and is based in the city of  Ahmedabad in western India.

This is the third best seller novel by Chetan Bhagat.

Govind: Govind jaat Patel is an ordinary guy with whom anybody can relate. He has very few desires but he is obsessed with the ones 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 doubtful or noncommittal about something. His father has abandoned him and his mother runs a small business. He makes extra income by tutoring maths. He continues these sessions even after starting the cricket shop. He is the narrator of this story and the one who makes the title’s “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 looks after the financial part of the business as he has good business sense and mathematical skills.

Ishaan (Ish) is a big cricket freak and a patriot. Ishaan was 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 sister, Vidya, about whom he is quite protective. When he discovers that a boy named Ali is a very talented batsman, he decides to go any length to give Ali proper training. Ishaan usually looks after day-to-day shop activities as he has genuine interest in anything cricket-related.

Omi 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 he 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 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. In between their tuition they fall in love which is kept a secret.

Ali is 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 much cricket as he gets tired after three or four balls; he enjoys playing marbles. He is a Muslim and respects Ish like a Guru. He, like Ishaan, is patriotic at heart. He denies the offer of Australian scholarship and wants to play on the Indian side.

Bittoo Mama 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. 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 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.

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.

The Three Mistakes

  1. Govind had paid a huge amount for buying a shop in Navrangpura shopping mall even though his friends tried to stop him. The mall later got destroyed due to 2001 Gujarat earthquakes .
  2. He fell in love with Vidya and he had physical intimacy with Vidya, Ish’s sister
  3. He waited a split second and dived too late to save Ali because of his own selfishness. Ali’s wrist was destroyed.

 

 

 

2 States

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The Story of My Marriage commonly known as 2 States is a 2009 novel written by Chetan Bhagat. Loosely based on Bhagat’s own life, it is the story about a couple coming from two different states in India, who face hardships in convincing their parents to approve of their marriage. Bhagat wrote this novel after quitting his job as an investment banker.

2 States: The Story of My Marriage is partly autobiographical. The story is about a couple, Krish and Ananya, who hail from two different states of India, Punjab and Tamil Nadu respectively, are deeply in love and want to get married.

The story begins in the IIM Ahmedabad mess hall, where Krish, a Punjabi boy from Delhi sights a beautiful girl, Ananya, a Tamilian from Chennai, quarreling with the mess staff about the food. Ananya was tagged as the “Best girl of the fresher batch”. They become friends within a few days and decide to study together every night. In the mean time, they become romantically involved. They both get jobs, and have serious plans for their wedding. At first Krish tries to convince his girlfriend Ananya’s parents and at last convinces them by helping Ananya’s father to do his first PowerPoint Presentation, her brother, Manju, by giving him IIT tuition and later convinces her mom by asking her to sing in a concert organised by Krish’s offCity at CitiBank. She is convinced as her biggest dream of singing at a big concert comes true. She sings along with S. P. Balasubrahmaniam and Hariharan. Then they try to convince Krish’s mom. But the problem is Krish’s mother’s relatives who don’t quite like this. They say that Krish should not marry a Tamilian but end up agreeing with them when Ananya tries to help one of Krish’s cousin to get married and succeeds to do so. Krish has had a hatred on his father. He never shares his feelings or doesn’t share a harmonious bonding with him. Now as they have convinced both their parents they now try to introduce each other’s parents. They go to Goa. But this dream of theirs end as Ananya’s parents finds something fishy between Krish’s mom and him. Ananya’s family end up deciding that Krish and Ananya will not marry each other. But, at last, Krish’s father, who was like an enemy for Krish, helps Krish and Ananya to get married as he convinces Ananya’s family well.Now Krish realizes his Dad’s love for him. They really do very hard to convince each other’s parents and finally make it. It is narrated in a first person point of view in a humorous tone, often taking digs at both Tamil and Punjabi cultures . The novel ends with Ananya giving birth to twin boys. He says that the babies belong to a state called ‘India’; with a thought to end inequality