Chetan Bhagat | The Voice of the Youth

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His Life: A Man of Many Talents

  • Year 1971 – Born in New Delhi.
  • Year 1999 – Married Anusha Suryanarayanan.
  • Year 2010 – Named among the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine.
  • Year 2014 – Got the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay in Kai Po Che.
  • Year 2015 – Named Indian CNN- IBN of the Year.

“The world’s most sensible person and the biggest idiot both stay within us. The worst part is, you can’t even tell who is who.”

Chetan Bhagat is a columnist, motivational speaker, novelist, screenwriter and television personality. He has penned down over 10 novels, which have sold over seven million copies and a few of them has been turned into successful Bollywood movies. Recently, he announced the launch of his new non-fiction book India Positive.

Born to a traditional Punjabi middle class family, he grew up in West Delhi:

Chetan Bhagat was born on April 22, 1971 in New Delhi. His father was an Army officer, and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. He has one younger brother named Ketan and he is also a novelist and an anchor.

Let’s look into the personal life of this Banker-turned-writer:

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He had his schooling at the Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan in Delhi. He got his mechanical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi in 1995. Then he did his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1997.

Chetan Bhagat married his fellow student, Anusha Suryanarayanan in 1999 and the couple has two sons named Shyam Bhagat and Ishaan Bhagat.

A middle class boy who made it big, his journey to one of the best selling authors in India is awe inspiring:

After graduation, Chetan Bhagat moved to Hong Kong with his family and worked there for eleven years with Goldman Sachs as an investment banker where he was selected after 27 internal interviews. While he was there, he wrote his first novel Five Point Someone. The story is about three mechanical engineering students with a five point GP at IIT, where the author has himself had once studied. It deals with the biased grading system adopted by the higher education system which places students into different levels based on their routine learning skills. This novel instantly became a literary and commercial success. Then he returned to India and shifted to Mumbai from New Delhi.

He then wrote One Night at the Call Centre and it was adapted for the big screen. Chetan Bhagat himself wrote the screenplay but he failed to capture the audience. Then he wrote The 3 Mistakes of My life in 2008. The novel earned rave reviews and became a great hit. He penned down his fourth novel, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage in the following year. It is an autobiographical novel which emphases on the prevailing issue of interstate marriage in India and is based on his own marriage experience.

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Apart from writing, he works on TV and have scripted several Bollywood movies. He was a judge on the Voice of India’s Star Anchor Hunt. Chetan Bhagat is also known for delivering speeches in the programs organized by many educational institutes, corporations, and writes for newspapers as well. He also participated as a judge in the dance reality show, Nach Baliye. He got featured in the Forbes India magazine as one of the top celebrities of India in the year 2016 and was listed as 40th out of 100.

He earned tons of awards and recognitions over the years for his work:

In 2004, Chetan Bhagat got the Society Young Achiever Award and the Publisher’s Recognition Award the following year. He got the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award in Entertainment in the year 2015. The New York Times has stated that Bhagat is “the biggest selling English language novelist in Indian history”. The Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in the year 2010.

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