Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Chetan Bhagat: A phenomenon?

“Nature designed with a random set of genes and circumstances in which we were born. To be happy, we have to accept it and make the most of nature’s design. Are you? Goals will help you do that. I must add, don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.”

The above stated is an extract from a speech delivered by Chetan Bhagat at an orientation programme for a new batch of MBA students at Symbiosis, Pune, in the year 2008. This speech, titled “Sparks” became quite a hit among the young students and professionals in India. It was fresh, focused and realistic and it appealed to the masses.

Chetan Bhagat has 5 books to his credit: Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call centre, The 3 Mistakes of my Life, 2 States and the latest, Revolution 2020.
Where ever you go; in the trains, buses, libraries, campuses, canteens, you will find at least 2 or 3 youngster who is hooked to a Chetan Bhagat book. Note worthy.

A friend gave me a copy of Five Point Someone, and since I enjoy reading, I started off with the book thinking it to be a self- help book of some sort. A few pages, some more pages, some again, and I was literally glued to it. I liked it. And so I read all the other books. After doing so waited eagerly for the release of Revolution 2020, managed to pick a copy and devoured it with absolute delight or so.

Well, I’m not like a big fan of Chetan Bhagat. But what he writes appeals not just to me, but to every other Indian youngster. Each book has a positive message, a fast paced plot, a love angle/triangle (which is totally Bollywood style) within which Bhagat very cleverly weaves in the appalling realities of the educational and political system of our country. What is interesting about his books is the fact that it is plain simple, an easy read and has an Indian context to it. Every Indian boy /girl can relate to it from some point or the other. No wonder his books remain to be best sellers and have also been adapted into major Bollywood films. This man has made an impact. Though at times I actually wonder as to why he lacks a certain kind of literary eloquence in his writing, which is also at times irritatingly repetitive. But his books are selling. Let the sales speak for itself.

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