Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author,columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker, known for his Indian-English novels about young urban middle class Indians. I love his novels and here I am going to provide list of top 10 books written by Chetan Bhagat. Buy and enjoy the books…Happy reading !
1. The Girl in Room 105
Hi, I’m Keshav, and my life is screwed. I hate my job and my girlfriend left me. Ah, the beautiful Zara. Zara is from Kashmir. She is a Muslim. And did I tell you my family is a bit, well, traditional? Anyway, leave that.
Zara and I broke up four years ago. She moved on in life. I didn’t. I drank every night to forget her. I called, messaged, and stalked her on social media. She just ignored me.
However, that night, on the eve of her birthday, Zara messaged me. She called me over, like old times, to her hostel room 105. I shouldn’t have gone, but I did… and my life changed forever.
This is not a love story. It is an unlove story.
2. Revolution Twenty 20
The main characters of this book are people all Indian readers can easily identify with namely; Gopal, Raghav and Aarti. They are childhood friends, with one of the boys wanting to use his intelligence for raking in the money and the other wants to fight the rut of the system. And in between them is Aarti. What ensues is a tale of love, heartbreak, dark politicians, power of money, friendship turning enmity and true happiness. This is a gripping tale which is sure to capture the attention of the youth who will find many scenarios of the book relatable to their personal lives.
3. One Indian Girl
Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.
You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.
Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?
4. 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
This is a story of a love affair between two IIM students hailing from two different states, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. Miles apart in distance and custom, Krish and Ananya’s love blossoms within the confines of their college walls. But with the end of college and beginning of a career, the question of marriage does not stand far away.
They embark on a journey of convincing their parents for the marriage. But the persuasion takes a lot more than just a few words. The journey that the couple takes from being romantically involved to getting married is full of twists and turns. This is more because, in India, it is easy to fall in love but tricky to convert that love into a love marriage.
5. The 3 Mistakes of My Life
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.
6. Half Girlfriend
Half Girlfriend is a story of Bihari boy Madhav, a Hindi speaking Bihari who falls in love with Riya, an influential Delhi girl on the campus of prestigious St. Stephen’s College. Madhav belongs to middle class family, while Riya is from higher class and both have different lifestyles. Madhav proposes her, but Riya rejects the proposal because she thinks they are good as a friend only.
7. Five Point Someone
‘Five Point Someone: What Not To Do at IIT’ is the debut narrative by renowned author Chetan Bhagat. The plot rotates around 3 friends Hari, Ryan and Alok at IIT. Their companionship is strengthened into close bond during their years at IIT, experiencing extreme hardship to endure through the tough competitions. Three of them have high self-expectations of being at the top in their classes and graduate out of the Institution with flying colours. As opposed to their expectations, the results and scores fall beyond their imagination.
Hari has by the time fallen for his professor’s daughter. Alok and Ryan are the 2 beings who never get along with each other. At IIT, the 3 of them have to bear the skeptical professors, stressful study materials and assignments, burden of limitless examinations and a stern academic timetable. The story focuses on their on-the-brink survival in the IITs and the unending struggle with the age-old education system of India. The book has been adapted into immensely successful films in the languages Tamil and Hindi.
8. One Night @ The Call Centre
‘One Night at the Call Centre’ focuses on the story of one night’s happening with 6 people working together at a call centre in Gurgaon, India. At this particular call centre, the employees are focused on giving technical support to American clients. The 6 characters, Shyam, Priyanka, Esha, Vroom, Radhika and Military Uncle are friends, who are all working on this particular night shift together. In America, it is the THANKSGIVING time and the phone lines are ringing frantically. The call centre receives one call from a very special caller, GOD. A call that alters everything.
9. What Young India Wants
Penned by one of the most famous bestselling author of India, Chetan Bhagat, ‘What India Wants’ is Bhagat’s maiden foray into the world of non-fiction literature.
Based on his experience as a motivational speaker and a writer, Bhagat tries to analyse the current socio-political scenario in the country and tries to analyse different situations and crises, for which he even attempts to offer some solutions.
Known for his deep understanding of aspiring young Indians, Chetan Bhagat in this book, beyond doing a methodical analysis of problems confronting youngsters, is blunt about the solutions that need to be worked out. He also addresses them with difficult approaches that need to be taken so as to realise their dreams as well as that of the nation.
In the last chapter, titled ‘Unless we are all in agreement on what it is going to take to make our country better, how will things ever change?’ the author in clear terms advocates a consensual approach backed by hard work to bring about the change that all of us desire.
10. Making India Awesome
(This listing is author’s personal view. Source: Internet )