Book Review - The 3 Mistakes of My Life

India has undertaken an appreciable journey on the road of growth and development since the day of freedom, but Indian attitude or the attitude of the inhuman kind needs to be changed very seriously, as Indians are very easily driven by emotions and not by practical thoughts. This book covers their individual struggle to achieve goals, their strong attachment of love which wins them through all odds.


Book’s Name- The Three Mistakes of my Life

Author- Chetan Bhagat

Genre- Motivation, friendship

Language- English

About the Author

Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author and columnist. He was also included in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People in the year 2010. Bhagat originally graduated in mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi and completed an MBA at IIM Ahmedabad. Initially, he started his career as an investment banker but left it after a few years in order to pursue his passion for writing. 

‘Five Point Someone’, his first novel, was published in 2004. He has written nine novels and three non-fiction books till date. His novels have always been listed as bestsellers since the beginning.

About the Book

‘The 3 mistakes of my Life’ is the third bestseller novel by Chetan Bhagat. It was published in May 2008 and gathered an initial print-run of 4,20,000. The story follows the life of three friends of Ahmedabad. 

The main story line is that in late-2000 in Ahmedabad, a young boy Govind dreams of having a business. To accommodate his friends Ish and Omi’s passion, eventually they open a cricket shop. Govind wants to make money and so, always thinks big. Ish’s life is all about to nurture Ali, who is a batsman with a rare gift. Omi among them, is completely different. He knows his limited capabilities and he just wants to be around his friends. 

But, nothing comes easy in a turbulent rush city. To realize their life goals, the three of them will have to face it all– religious politics, earthquakes, riots, unacceptable love  and above all,  their own mistakes in existence. The book covers their struggles of how they make it or even not. 

It is a story of a young Indian generation in this modern world who counters unpredictable love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressure of a patriarchal set up and the work environment around a universalized office.

It also forces readers to question if an individual’s dreams could overcome the nightmares which are offered by real life and also, could we succeed even despite a few mistakes in the process. The book is based on real events, real circumstances and stories. While we all find Bhagat’s books as a common fun romance based, this book comes out as a dark, yet witty tale of modern India with a lot of enlightening issues and learning aspects.


Translations of the Book

This English national bestseller has been published in the following languages:

  1. Gujarati - A leading Gujarati book publisher, M.B.D., based in Ahmedabad & Mumbai. 

  2. Tamil - Published by Diamond Pocket Books. 

  3. French - Released by Cherche Midi publisher in March 2010 as Les 3 erreurs de ma vie. 

  4. Sinhala - By Dileepa Jayakodi in 2011 as Thun Thakatheerukan Karapu Kenek Man.

The book has also been adapted into a Bollywood movie, Kai Po Che, and was directed by Abhishek Kapoor. The movie starred Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh & Rajkumar Rao. It was released in February 2013. Since the film and book were set in Gujarati, hence justifying its title, Kai Po Che. 

Famous Quotes From the Book

  1. “I think the brain has a special box where it keeps crappy memories. It stays shut, but every time a new entry has to be added, it opens and you can look at what is inside.”

  1. “And tell me, who will be more successful in life? The kid who knows all the chemical formulae or the one who knows teamwork, passion, discipline and focus?”

  1. “God gives talent so that the ordinary person can become extraordinary. Talent is the only way the poor can become rich. Otherwise, in this world the rich would remain rich and the poor would remain poor. This unfair talent actually creates a balance, helps to make the world fair,”

The Bottom Line

Bhagat believes very firmly that if the government really gets its act together on transportation the young workforce will get better quality jobs that are more satisfying and will make India move ahead.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon- The 3 Mistakes of my Life

Written By - Pavas Shrigyan