Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels, Five Point Someone(2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005) and The 3 Mistakes of life (2008)and 2 States (2009) all the four books have remained bestsellers since their releaseand three have inspired major Bollywood films. The New York Times called Chetanthe ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history.’ Seen more as a youth icon than just an author, this IIT D/ IIMA graduate is making India readlike never before.Chetan also writes op-ed columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development based issues. Many of the issuesraised by Chetan’s columns have been discussed in Parliament and among the topleadership of the country.Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote hisentire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbaiwith his wife Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIMA and his twin boys Shyam andIshaan.This interview presents Chetan Bhagat, the thinker, the creative writer, an Indianwho is concerned about the youth of our country and their future. The views he ex- presses come with candour, clarity and conviction.We with hope with this interview you get to know Chetan the person behind the youth icon.
December 11, 2009