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The novel, based on fictional events, is set in the years 2000-2005, when a young boy [2] in Ahmedabad named Govind dreams of starting a business. To accommodate his friends Ishaan and Omi's passion, they open a cricket shop. However, each has a different motive: Govind's goal is to make money; Ishaan desires to nurture Ali, a gifted batsman; Omi just wants to be with his friends. Govind is the narrator and the central character of the novel and the story revolves around the three mistakes caused by him and the religious politics. [edit]Major characters Govind: Govind Patel is an ordinary guy with whom anybody can relate. He has very few desires but he is obsessed with the desires he covets. His main ambition is to become a businessman as he thinks that being a Gujarati, business is in his blood. His best friends are Omi and Ish (Ishan). Govind is an agnostic. His father has abandoned him and his mother, who runs a business of selling home-made food items. To support her financially, he takes mathematics tuitions. He continues these tuitions even after starting the cricket shop business. He is the narrator of this story and the one who makes the "Three Mistakes". During the course of the story he falls in love with Vidya, Ishan's younger sister for whom he is a private tutor. Govind is the one who looks after the financial part of the business as he has good business sense and mathematical skills. Ishaan: He is a big cricket freak and also a patriot at heart. Ishan has been the best cricketer in his locality and school. He suggests the name of their business as "Team India Cricket Shop". He helps Govind's business by organising daily cricket coaching camps. He has a family which makes life situation by keeping quiet. He has a younger sister, Vidya, about whom he is quite protective. When he discovers that a boy called Ali is a very talented batsman, he decides to go any length to give Ali proper training. Ishan usually looks after day-to-day shop activities as he has genuine interest in any cricket-related thing. Omi: He is the son of the Hindu priest of the local temple. His family enjoys great respect among the people. Through Omi's parents and maternal uncle (who own few shops as a part of the temple trust property), they readily get a place to start their business. He is a rather dumb kind of boy and has not many dreams, but likes to concentrate on having a healthy body. However, he resents growing up and being a saint like his father. He is a religious person and actively takes part in his maternal uncle's (Bittoo Mama) religious politics. He is however confused about his religious views which are mainly influenced by Bittoo Mama. Vidya: She is Ishan's younger sister. She is a rebel at heart and dreams to break free from the constraints of a typical middle-class family and society, to go to Mumbai, do a course in PR and become independent. She however despises maths which is required for her medical entrance exams. Hence, Ish asks Govind to take her mathematics tuition. However, in between their tuition they fall in love, have intimate sexual relations, which is unaccepted by anyone. Only Omi figures out the relationship Govind and Vidya share and also reminds Govind about the consequences of Ish getting to know about it. Ali: One of the students in Ish's coaching classes and a great batsman because of a rare nature's gift. However, he doesn't play too much cricket as he gets tired really fast and enjoys playing marbles. He is a Muslim boy and respects Ish like a Guru. He too, like Ish is patriotic at heart. He denies the offer of Australian scholarship and wants to play in the Indian side. Bittoo Mama: He is the maternal uncle of Omi. Mama runs the trust of the temple and agrees to rent the place to the three friends for the Cricket Shop business. He is an active member of a Hindu political Party. He follows the preachings of Parekh-ji, a political-cum-spiritual leader and has complete faith in him. He has locked his horns with Ali's father who belongs to the Secular Party. He has a son Dhiraj. Mama is not fond of Govind as he is an agnostic. He is the main antagonist of the story. Govind's mom: Gujarati woman. She wants her son to pursue a degree in Engineering. She runs a home-made food business. She cares about Govind a lot and supports him well through his hardships and struggles. Ali's Father: He is a devout Muslim and works for a secular party. He is a very kind-hearted person who wants Ali to take his education seriously despite his mediocre financial condition. He treats the three friends very well when they go to visit Ali in his house. Overall he is a good person. Fred Li: He's an Australian Cricket Team member and a fast bowler. He invites the three friends and Ali to Sydney when they travel to Goa to see India-Australia One Day International and meet him in the stands. He spots talent in Ali and wants to help him getting a chance to be trained in his academy in Australia. Loosely based on Brett Lee. The story begins with the author receiving a suicide mail from a boy named Govind from ahmedabad.The horrified author frantically contacts his ex-teacher,explains him the matter and asks for his help to save the boy. After a few hours the boy is found in a hospital being treated for consuming sleeping pills.The author decides to meet him to know the reason for taking this drastic step.He leaves for gujrat the next day.The boy initially refuses to say anything but after a while speaks out. Govind,Ishaan and Omi are freshly graduated,best friends.Govind comes from a poor family with only a mother who tries to meet ends by running a small homemade food shop. He contributes to the finances by giving tuitions to students in maths.Ishaan is no good in studies.His only passion being cricket.His father is upset with him and always nags at him for his uselessness.Omi belongs to staunch hindu family,his father a pujari of a mandir.Omi is expected to carry this tradition of becoming a pujari which he wants to escape. Govind one day comes up with the idea of installing a shop selling cricket stuff.Omi convinces his parents to rent a small place within the mandir premises. While Govind handles the accounts,Omi and Ishaan run the shop .Ishaan has a younger sister Vidya whom he is very possesive about.He requests Govind to tutor her in maths for her upcoming medical enterance exams.With reluctance he agrees.Vidya is an immature young girl who has no interest in maths or medicine she wants to be a PR and wants to have the freedom to live her life king size. The shop runs well with occasional ups and downs.Govind Plans to expand his buisness.He saves money and pays an intial payment for a shop in a new mall which will be opening shortly(Govinds first mistake).In the midst of all this routine occurs a natural calamity-a devastaing earthquake which destroys many buildings and the mall with the dream shop.Govind is heartbroken,but after support from friends and mother he gets back to handling his small shop.They are often visited at their shop by Omi's mama-Bitoo mama,who is a member of a Hindu Political Party and a devotee of Parekhji the leader of this party.He often drags these kids to his political meetings.Meanwhile Ishaan hears about a very talented boy named Ali who hits a six at every ball.Ishaan checks him out.But Ali gets tired after every fourth ball and has a terrible headache.He takes him to the doctor who says he's blessed with exceptionally fast reflexes and this puts a presuure on his brain.Ishaan decides to coach him,build up his stamina and prepare him to be a national team player.He gives Omi the responsibilty of his diet as he's malnourished.Omi first refuses because he is a muslim and the son of bitoo mama's arch rival-a leader of Muslim Political Party.He later agrees to help Ali but keep it all a secret. After considerable training there's improvement in Ali's stamina.Ishaan wishes to take him to an India-Australia match to introduce any influential person who could help Ali be a succesful cricketer.The three along with Ali manage to reach the VIP lobby.There they meet an Australian cricketer who see's Ali's capability and promises to help them and arranges for their tickets to Australia.Govind after much cribbing spends his savings going to Australia.Ali gets a scholarship for cricket training but on condition that he plays for Australia which he denis saying he is too patriotic and will only play for India.One day while at a beach in Australia Govind realises he's missing Vidya.He calls her and expresses his feelings.Love blossoms between the two.The trio along with Ali return Ahmedabad and get back to their routine.Romance peaks between Govind and Vidya and one day on her birthday they commit the unforgivable sin(Govinds second mistake).Govind is ashamed of having a coveted affair with his best friends sister.Omi doubt's their relationship and warns Govind about the consequences Amidst all theis drama breaks a religious unrest when a train bogie carrying a troupe of hindu supporters along with Bitoo mama's son-dheeraj were supposedly burnt by muslims.Hindu agitators leaded by Bitoo mama burnt and killed several muslims in neighbouring villages.Ali came down for daily practise to Ishaan.He took the boy to a safer place;an old building where these friends would at time gather.Omi and Govind joined too.The mob reached the building demanding Ali be given to them so that they could finish him likewise they killed his parents.The three tried their level best to control the mob.Burnt a few by blowing up a cylinder,but the mob was frenzy.Finally Bitoo mama had Ali in his grip.Omi gets accidentally killed by his mama when he tries to save Ali.Govind misses rescuing Ali by a split second and Ali's wrist get cut rendering him handicapped to play(Govinds third mistake).Bitoo mama gets killed in the fight.Ishaan is upset with Govind for thinking selfish and delaying protecting Ali.He also discovers his relationship with his sister and is mad at him.Govind blames himself for all the sad events and commits suicide but is saved. His mother convinces Ishaan to forgive him.Ishaan with his sister come to meet Govind in the hospital and become friends again.Govind promises to pay for Ali's treatment.Ali gets a surgery done which turns successful andhe once again starts practising cricket. The book ends Govind agreeing to help the author write a book on his three mistakes. Source: http://www.shvoong.com/books/1838939-mistakes-life/#ixzz1haeLwwg1

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