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The 3 Mistakes of My Life

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In late-2000, a young boy in Ahmedabad called Govind dreamt of having a business. To accomodate his friends Ish and Omi's passion, they open a cricket shop. Govind's wants to make money and thinks big. Ish is all about nurturing Ali, the batsman with a rare gift. Omi knows his limited capabiltiies and just wants to be with his friends. However, nothing comes easy in a turb ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Rupa & Co.
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Arpita Das, the hundred-eyed human I too think that Chetan Bhagat is a overrated writer. I writes terribly, like he thinks that somehow the Indians are fool enough and cannot distinguis…moreI too think that Chetan Bhagat is a overrated writer. I writes terribly, like he thinks that somehow the Indians are fool enough and cannot distinguish between good writings and the bad ones. I just don't know how his books get sold when it follows the same kind of story over and over. I think there are far better Indian writers than him. Though I am not criticizing anyone for liking his stories, but I find no delight in them.(less)

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Sanjay Gautam
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
After reading this book I realized that this was fourth mistake of my life. Boring as Hell. Its a complete waste of time (and money if you buy one).
Jwala
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
In this book, the author has put everything, which sells it in India-Cricket, religion,Communal riots,politics,love, aspirations, misery, sacrifice(s),the Earthquake in Gujarat etc etc but it is a poor mix of all these potentially winning ingredients. There's too much of unnecessary emotion, unrealistic action and what's more we are supposed to believe that the book is based on a real story. The book is so contrived, melodramatic, unoriginal and boring that it reminded me of the bollywood flicks ...more
Archit Ojha
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-we-own


No doubt that his debut was gripping and the movie a phenomenal one. The second one dipped starkly in quality.

This salvages his track record in the status quo.

In my humble opinion, I will say that I am glad that he found his mojo back with the 3rd one. Perhaps the best book of the author.

The cricket backdrop amalgamated with the riots and the flurry of emotions pulsating between the trio of friends - well, yes it is quite a book!

The character sketchup was lucid and the story moves with a great p
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Deepak
Dec 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Chetan Bhagat is back with his 3rd book, "The 3 Mistakes of My Life". I definitely made a mistake reading this one. The first book, "Five Point Someone" was pretty impressive, or so it seemed to me, owing to the fact that I am in the process of becoming an engineer (so much for the illusion!).

But I am sorry to say that this one disappoints me, even more than "One Night @ the Call Center". Judging from the first two books, I did expect unrealistic twists, but this one has certainly superseded its
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Rhea
Jun 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
The 3 Mistakes of MY Life:
Buying Chetan Bhagat's trashy book
Starting Chetan Bhagat's trashy book
Finishing Chetan Bhagat's trashy book

This is a terrible terrible piece of writing.
Samir Dhond
Sep 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
One of the most disappointing authors and of course, the book is trash. I just do not like Chetan Bhagat's writing.The lesser said, the better.
Anupama K. Mazumder
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
I have just finished reading the book, and am still overwhelmed by it. I love Chetan Bhagat's ability to connect with his reader, his simple language flow just grips you... yeah, there sure are some limitations, but highly ignorable. I found his choice of women to be of just one type... the "sweet, simple and pretty, salwar kameez clad" kinds.. Neha of Five Point Someone and Vidya of this book are exactly similar. The hero is always in a group of 3 friends... the thinking pattern somehow remains ...more
Ankit Agrawal
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
A lot of hype is there about Chetan Bhagat and his books. But I would say Chetan Bhagat is no writer. He doesn't know to write properly. Books beginning are great, character introduction is awesome but, story is funny and seems to be good but the end is so pathetic and senseless that it leads nowhere and ruins the whole interest.

As far as this book is concerned I think it was a waste of money for me. Some areas of the book are so senseless and nowhere related to real life. Its like paying Rs. 20
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Rhea Routray
All right. This one review, then it's over. I would never commit mistakes like Chetan Bhagat.
This one would be a jewel in my shelf of Epitome Of Bad Writing.
Okay, I would have given it 0 stars out of five, but Goodreads doesn't allow me that. So I better chose to be content with one star. Well, let's not mess with the thing.
The biggest mistake of Chetan Bhagat: he is a loser.
Bad plot, poorly developed characters, unpredictable moods, and that thing I think was very exaggerated: romance, idiotic
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Rishab Arora
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Apparently IIT does _not_ teach you how to write a book.
Sophia
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chetan Bhagat's style of writing in this story is such that you never really understand what the "bottom line" is of the story until towards the end. That is definitely not a bad thing. This may be his most compelling story because of the way it's written, due to the fact that by the time the actual STORY begins, you know so much about the characters that they almost feel like family. You care about what happens to them and THAT is what makes this book so great. The characters are realistic, the ...more
Sandhya
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
The best selling feature of a Chetan Bhagat book is its readability. In a world where one is constantly striving to find time, it truly matters when you can actually finish reading a book withen a couple of hours. Also, when he isn't getting too filmy and over-the-top, Chetan actually manages to hold a story well enough. That was evident with both Five Point Someone and One Night At A Call Centre. The former especially works as an excellent satire on the education system I thought.

Chetan's third
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Kshitij
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Please avoid if you like to read good book or even a gud time pass. its neither. I left it unread as i found out it is a trash. I finished ONACS after herculean effort. I feel Chetan is highly overrated. He has gone steadily downhill from FPS. He is a bad writer. Now he has become pseudo intellectual also and giving gyan on news papers, news and social media which is very hilarious. A very bad book. Again proves my suspicion that engineers can't write (I am an engineer too ;). I agree with most ...more
Pari
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wonder why I read CB's novel! But alas, this was there in my list and I wanted to read a light book. Finished it in a few hours, what a crap movie this would make! Too many characters, none with a strong one! Tsk tsk!
Manissh Ahuuja
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Manissh by: All
The rating is 3.5

The student from IIT, The executives making calls and now businessmen and sports fanatics. The characters, story lines and most importantly the author has developed with all books in the series. I liked this book equally as much as I miss the way FPS was written. Somehow I always associate Chetan Bhagat with FPS and the rest.

The 3 Mistakes, is a book which has left a strong impact for sure. A story handled brilliantly and written in signature style of the author which doesn’t al
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Santhosh
Nov 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had typed up this nice little post on how this book was the 3rd mistake of my life, Chetan's other 2 books being the first two. And then I realized every Amar, Akbar, Antony and their uncle had come up with the same idea.

There is this line in the book: "I was both attracted to him and repelled by him. He had charisma and lunacy at the same time". This pretty much sums up the book for me as well. The grammar is crap, the plotline is nonexistent, you can write down a list of THE top filmi fundaa
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Rohan Pansari
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING:this entire review is a rant in disguise and an elegy to the precious moments I lost while reading this turdf**k

Three mistakes of MY life-

1)Picking up this steaming pile of s**t
2)Reading this "book" which should be officially classified as a crime against humanity
3)NOT doing drugs;As this book gave me AIDS anyway.

Ever read about the infinte monkey theorem?If you haven't,
It says that if an an infinite number of chimpanzees were set to type at an infinte number of typewriters they will alm
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Jennifer Jacobs
My least fav CB book!A big letdown after 1 night at the Call center!
Book had some highlights though,I after all lived through many events in this book myself like 2001 and 2002,that Oz India series and all.
But I dunno,I just didn't like the storyline that much!
Romance didn't click much either.
That tour of Australia was completely out of place and not at all necessary!
Main character,a typical Gujarat Bania stereotype was okay,not great tho
Girl was okay too,I liked the heroines in his 1st 2 novels
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Saritha
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not a major fan of Chetan Bhagat, but I had to read this book because there's a movie being made, based on it. But I can begin to see why Bhagat is so popular. It's written for easy transition into screenplay. (Hopefully, I'll like the movie, Kai Po Che, better - the casting is perfect going by early reports)

This story has three very distinct characters, perhaps a little unidimensional (Govind is the businessman type, Omi is the god fearing type and Ish is the cricket-crazy one). Omi, in par
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AMASHI
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story. This book is quite similar to Revolution 2020. Govind is so perceptive and focused. Ish has a intrepid personality though he is a bit fierce occasionally.But I wish he was a bit more considerate about their future.Omi was a good friend regardless of his vapid behavior.
What happened with Omi was despairing. His tragic demise was unexpected.

Therewithal everything they did to support Ali was fascinating. To have a selfless mentor like Ish is a blessing. Didn't enjoy the comments
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Navdha
Why even bother with this book? Why even tell us a story which sounded like the script of a bad Bollywood movie? I mean, the title makes you actually worked up thinking what those colossal mistakes would be? Doesn't it? But after you're done with, forget the feeling of disappointment, but think about feelings of complete frustration. Why you might ask? Because you'd be frustrated at yourself for giving this book the time that it didn't deserve. Just watch another movie, where a guy wants to star ...more
Nemo
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
//I reviewed this book on my very old website, and this is copied from there.

Even after all my friends told me not to, I decided against them and bought "The Three Mistakes Of My Life" by Chetan Bhagat, author turned scriptwriter. After reading it, I would not advise anyone to read it. the book seems to be the author's biggest mistake. I started the book, and saw the email id Ahd_bussinessman@gmail.com. WOW, is that his first mistake, I thought, Gmail doesn't allow underscores, when will he lear
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Sundeep Supertramp
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pikachu
First book of Chetan Bhagat's which I felt boring...

The prologue of the book was so interesting and I couldn't control from completing the book in 2 days (ya, it is a fast read for me).. But after reading this book, I felt the fourth mistake is me reading this book. It was so boring.

But, the book was not so bad. The story had more twists then any B-grade Bollywood movie..

Not so up to Chetan's level (ya, he has some level in my view)...
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Mohit1408
Sep 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have read five point someone.It was a ok type.
But this book is total waste of time.I don't know about Chetan, but reading this book was definitely the biggest mistake of my my life.
Maryam Alazawi
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
well I'm not sure how to describe this book. At the beginning it wasn't so interesting, but then I couldn't stop reading it. the description says it has something to do with religion but I never imagined it could reflect the ugliest side of it. The author did great job reflecting the extreme side of both Hinduism and Islam but he certainly didn't do great job in clarifying that it's not how all muslims or all Hindus actually are which was a minus to his book.
All in all, I'm really glad I read t
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Mashaekh Hassan
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the 2 books of the author I liked. Thanks for not being Bhagat-esque
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is based at Ahmedabad. The story revolves around three friends Govind, Ish and Omi. It is narrated in 21 chapters.
As it usually happens, these youths too are crazy about cricket which is damn relatable.
They open up a shop catering to cricket sports items and stationery goods.
But life is not that easy for them, specially in a turbulent city like where they reside in.
As almost in all his books,the prologue is dramatic as if the narrator has no way out of a sticky/rather-be-death kind of s
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Akshat Solanki
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading the previous reviews, I understood a fact that Goodreaders don't like CB more than 2 stars.
Hahaha, it's a true fact.
I justify 3 stars for this book in the following manner.
1st star - I liked the characters of 3 protagonists and their nature, behavior.

2nd star - The story, the plot, the title and the climax.

3rd star - It's better than the rest of his titles.
The movie was good, I watched the movie solely for the reason I liked this book.

It could have got better by cutting the useless
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Rajashekar
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all my frineds
Recommended to Rajashekar by: Friend's friend
I am going to write a review for The 3 mistakes of life, Indian favorite writer chetan bagath’s and it would be the first review in English though I wrote many reviews in Telugu. At first, I would like name the Main characters which this novel contained of. The Narrator of the story is govind, Vidya who is lover of him and sister of Ishaan who gives up his entire career only for cricket and OMI the son of the Priest in Nana Park Temple, also best friend of both of them. And a child character whi ...more
Nomaurora
Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am not anyone to judge someone's writing & I'm not an expert on reviewing books and literature but I am really wondering what the holly banana I just read! 🥴
This book felt like an Indian melodramatic movie script to me. I couldn't connect myself with the writing. The writing, description and the storyline utterly irritated me and I fell asleep halfway several times.
I'd not say the story didn't attract me at all. Some of the parts actually did but TBH it wasn't worth the time and attention.
I co
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