Three Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

Three Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

The three Mistakes of my life is the third novel written by eminent Indian Author Chetan Bhagat. Based on cricket, business and religion, the novel is set against the backdrop of beautiful city Ahmedabad. Revolving around three young Indian boys Omi, Ishaan and Govind, the book goes on to narrate how the three are trying their best to make ends meet in the city.

Based on real events, the book starts with a dramatic twist, where Bhagat is reading an e-mail sent by some young person Govind, who has consumed sleeping pills for some reason and is writing to Bhagat, while waiting for his life to end. This book revolves around the three major mistakes committed by Govind in his life; he also happens to be the central character of the novel.

Govind dreams to be a successful businessperson, while his friend Ishaan loves cricket and with the help of Omi and his priest parents, they set up their first venture – a sports accessories’ shop in a rented place outside the temple premises.

Mostly revolving around these three young fellows, the novel has almost everything that youngsters in India can relate to; from budding love story and betrayal to death, riots and suicide, the book touches upon a wide range of emotions and common perceptions in India. Targeting young audiences, the 3 mistakes of my life is a simply written novel that like his previous work is filled with dramatic twists and turns that keep a reader glued to the book till the end.


This was the first book or more to say a novel, I read in my life. when I read other reviews about this book and also enquired with my friends, they were not very happy about this book but when I read this book I felt the same language which we are used to from Chetan’s books, yes it is nowhere near to his works like “Five Point someone” or “2 States” but it isn t bad either, the way he gives background to each character and ties up all the loose ends together is what I like in this book as well, it also touches a few sensitive aspects of Gujarat but also explains how they impact business and people. you will be amazed to know i Completed it in 7 days. I couldn t control my excitement of what will happen next after reading each chapter. Some good points to understand especially Indian Politics and the most its dark side “political of religion and caste”. Well of all I like trios book What can I say more read it and have some time of excitement of what.Surely not only sex. much about emotions. A good piece by Chetan Bhagat. –Vicky on 27 May 2015

This is one the best book of Chetan Bhagat I have read. Great plot & story-telling. You will not loose interest in any part of the book. At climax your heart will start pounding. You can finish the book in one go. You will love this book even you are not a book-lover. Go for it….. –Arghya Mitra on 10 Apr 2015

This is good work by Chetan showing real happenings of life. curiosity will increase as you reach some adventures points of book. Some conversations are seems worthless in book. Must read for book lovers. to read. –Narendra Sharma on 18 Mar 2015

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About the Author:

Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist and screenwriter, who is popularly known for his English-language novels, mostly based on the lives of young urban middle class Indians. Bhagat’s novels have sold over seven million copies and in 2008, The New York Times quoted Bhagat as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history. The Three Mistakes of Life was published under the banner of Rupa Publications; the 260 pages novel is a mix of cricket, friendship, religion, business, love and betrayal. The bestseller novel, similar to Chetan Bhagat’s other novels has been made into a movie too. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the movie Kai Po Che was received well in India.

Originally published: 1 January 2008

AuthorChetan Bhagat

Genre: Fiction

Page count: 258 (without cover page)


CharactersGovind PatelIshaan BhattOmiBittu MamaVidya