Book review: The 3 mistakes of my life

July 11, 2009

Title: The 3 mistakes of my life
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Pages: 257

The 3 mistakes of my life is Chetan’s third novel. I read both of is earlier books and I must say that his writing has come a long way. This book is longer, the plot is more substantial and the english is better too.

I seriously admire Chetan’s courage in covering explosive topics like Hindu-Muslim riots, Ayodhya, etc. These topics are extremely sensitive to us Indians and could have resulted in politicians calling for a ban on his book. It should be noted, however, that Chetan has wisely avoided passing judgement on the Babri Masjid demolition.

The contemporary Indian-english style that Chetan uses, along with an absence of explanations for local words like pol and khakhra, indicates that his primary audience are Indians. Foreigners may find it slightly hard to read but it is still an enjoyable book.

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