Monday, 21 September 2009

Chetan Bhagat

This is what that stuck my thought while going through a forwarded mail, 

When an egg breaks by a power outside, a life ends.
When an egg breaks by a power inside, a life begins.
Great things always begin from the power inside!

Chetan Bhagat said this at a seminar in Symbiosis. Well said Mr. Bhagat. Your words are just amazing. 
I did not subscribe to the idea of reading Mr. Bhagat's books. His second book 'One night at call centre' just freaked me out, because I don't like the word 'call centre'. The thought of working as someone with different identity, to me is absurd. The negative PR about call centre had occupied my mind. The only thing I did not want to do was to work in a call centre, where people have to adhere to strict shifts. Being employed at a call center was a little down market for me. Thus I did not read the book. I had it at home for sometime, my siblings read it and cracked the book's dialogues pretty often while going on to a laughing spree.
Now after a few years I feel its cool to work in a call centre. After all a person learns to become independent. Whats wrong if they get into alcohol / drugs / fags. If one has to then they would. But employment gives a sort of satisfaction and independence. It opens ones horizons of thoughta and ability to handle crisis. 
About his first book 'Five points someone' was the knowledge that he picked incidents from his IIT / IIM days. 
Then was his third book, Three mistakes of my life. I read the book, not because it was written by Mr. Bhagat, but it relates to Gujarat Riots. The riots were bad. I have always been condemning communal divides. My family has never bred such anti social values in me. But it happens in most of the families. People teach their kids to follow practices like untouchable, castesm, racial bias, relegious bias etc. Ths is not intentional on their part, but a moral obligation! This is a part of the society, and we need enlightened people to take off such practice. 
Anyways back to the Three Mistakes of My Life, the book justifies that anyone can write, scribble a few words, give it a good twist and you are ready to go. I wanted to write a book too. I knew its easy. Being an India, the story presents how one can pick up scenes from daily life and translate it into words. 
After reading his book, I tried researching about him. Chetan Bhagat has an official website too. Clearly I now feel that IIMites and IITians are like normal people. They don't carry any tag with them. Its no big deal to get into a good institution, but the deal lies if one can come up with flying colours. Mr Bhagatis coming up with a new book 'Two States' this diwali. And I have all the plans to read it!
One can blog! Blogging has been for long a feeder to publish the words of my mind.

Remaining part of Mr. Bhagat's Symbiosis Speech

"Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth.  If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same with life, where health and relationships are the marble. 
Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die. 
One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? 
It's ok, bunk a few classes, 
Goof up a few interviews, 
Take leave from work, 
Fall in love. 

We are people, not programmed devices.....       

"Don't be serious, be sincere."


  1. its absolutely a delight to read this one.great inspirational thoughts and the small analysis that you did on his last book was enjoyable.
    "enjoy life to the fullest". Cheers

  2. Good job on the background Shine. What attracted me most was the "Smoking Kills". Its a topic close to my heart currently and so I related instantly.

    I like Mr Bhagat's novels. Specially Five Point Someone was gud. It brings out that the general image if IITians or IIMians (or whatever they are called)is not true and they also at heart are normal college going kids.

    Whats different in these institutions is the way the guys are groomed.

    The way u've worked on ur background..U shud have bin in the IT world.....Unfortunately I havent bin able to figure it out as yet..


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