Chetan Bhagat is a renowned writer who has made significant contributions to India’s present modern literature. In addition, he is a versatile figure who works as a novelist, scriptwriter, journalist, and public intellectual.
Bhagat has a remarkable body of work, including “Half Girlfriend”, “Five Point Someone”, “2 States”, and “The 3 Mistakes of My Life”. Chetan Bhagat’s published works mainly address problems concerning the ambitions and concerns of India’s youngsters.
Chetan Bhagat was born on April 22, 1974, into a Punjabi family. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, while his mother was working for the government’s department of agriculture. Chetan Bhagat received most of his schooling at his village before attending the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi to study Mechanical Engineering.
The journey from New Delhi to Mumbai resulted in a meaningful, life-changing event. While employed as a banker, he began composing the texts for his first two novels, which became well-known.
Here are some of the best books by Chetan Bhagat:
Five Point Someone (2004)
It is a narrative of three IIT students who are buddies and are struggling to adjust to their new lifestyle. They try to make apologies for their mistakes, but all they get is more difficult. They fail to achieve a higher GPA and are still at the bottom of the IIT class. The book teaches students how to deal with stress during college years.
One Night @ The Call Center (2007)
During a night train ride in the winter of 2004, the author spotted a young girl. She volunteered to narrate a story to kill time and agreed to hear if the author would include it in his second novel. The author was astounded yet intrigued by the story. The girl told him of an evening when six folks working in a call centre got a phone call from God. The novel is both gloomy and humorous.
2 States (2014)
Weddings all around the world are simple: a guy meets a woman, and a woman meets a guy, and they fall madly in love and marry, but in India, things are a bit different. In addition to the two previously mentioned criteria, the boy’s family must adore the woman, and the woman’s parents must love the boy. Likewise, the woman’s family must adore the guy’s family, and vice versa; after all, if there is any remaining love, the boy and girl marry. The story is about a boy and a girl from different states and castes. It chronicles their romantic adventure and the difficulties they confront in trying to convince their families.
Half Girlfriend (2014)
The plot revolves around rural-urban love, with the guy from a poor background and unable to communicate well in English, and the woman from a modern background. The guy falls in love and wishes to be in a relationship, while the girl only wishes to be buddies. Finally, the girl accepts to be his half-girlfriend to demonstrate that love can thrive between classes.
The Girl in Room 105 (2018)
The plot revolves around a boy whose life was turned upside down when his ex-girlfriend welcomed him to her hostel room number 105 as if it were the good old days. It also reflects brown parents’ rigidity when it comes to inter-religious relationships.