The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat - Book Review

The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat – Book Review

Chetan Bhagat’s “The Three Mistakes of My Life” is a captivating story that explores the lives of three young friends in Ahmedabad, India. In this blog, we will delve into the main themes and plot, the characters and their motivations, the book’s structure and narrative style, its major themes and messages, the author’s writing style and language, and our overall evaluation of the book. As one of Bhagat’s most popular novels, “The Three Mistakes of My Life” is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Indian literature.

Three Years

I was first introduced to Chetan Bhagat and his renowned novel “The Three Mistakes of My Life” during a corporate training session back in 2016. The training manager, who was an avid reader herself, spoke highly of the author and his work. Intrigued, I finally got my hands on the book after three years and was immediately captivated by the prologue.

Published in 2008, “The Three Mistakes of My Life” is a masterpiece by the Indian author, Chetan Bhagat. The book narrates the tale of three friends – Govind, Ishaan, and Omi – and their journey toward success. Based on real-life events experienced by Bhagat himself, the novel has become a bestseller and is a must-read for all book lovers. In this article, I will provide my personal review of The Three Mistakes of My Life.

The 3 Mistakes of My Life – The Book

As the tagline says, “A Story about Business, Cricket and Religion,” well said, indeed. This is a glimpse of India, depicting the three issues of the daily life of Indians: Business, Cricket, and Religion.

Yes, this is a “glimpse.” Of course, life is much more complex when emotions play a vital role in most people’s minds. But such most discussed issues are depicted in good writing by Mr. Chetan Bhagat.

The book was first published on January 1, 2008, by Rupa Publications. It is available in both English and Hindi versions. In addition, a movie was released in 2013 based on the novel named “Kai Po Che.”


The Three Mistakes of My Life” is a character-driven novel that explores the lives of three young friends – Govind, Ishaan, and Omi – and their journey toward success. Each character has a unique personality and motivation, which drives the plot forward.

Govind Patel is the protagonist of the novel and the narrator of the story. He is a level-headed and practical person who dreams of starting his own business. Govind is the son of a mathematics teacher and inherited his father’s love for numbers. He is responsible for managing the business that the three friends started together.

Ishaan Bhatt is Govind’s best friend and the most dynamic character in the story. Ishaan is a cricket prodigy who is passionate about the sport and wants to make a career out of it. He is also a rebel who questions authority and refuses to conform to societal norms. Ishaan’s non-conformist attitude causes a rift between him and his father, which plays a significant role in the plot.

Omi is the third friend in the trio and is the son of a Hindu priest. Omi is a passive character who is easily influenced by others. He is initially hesitant to join the business venture but eventually agrees to do so. Omi’s character undergoes a transformation in the second half of the novel, and he becomes more proactive.

The characters’ relationships with each other are complex and dynamic. Govind and Ishaan have a deep bond of friendship, which is tested throughout the novel. Omi is the glue that holds the trio together and acts as a mediator between Govind and Ishaan. The novel explores the themes of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal through the lens of these three characters.

Plot and Structure

The Three Mistakes of My Life” is a well-structured novel that follows a linear narrative style. The story is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different phase of the characters’ lives. The first part introduces the characters and their motivations, while the second part explores their journey toward success. The final part deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic event that changes their lives forever.

The plot of the book is driven by the characters’ desire for success and their pursuit of it. Govind, Ishaan, and Omi start a business together, which they hope will make them rich and famous. However, their journey is not without obstacles, and they face several challenges along the way.

The pacing of the story is excellent, and the plot unfolds at a steady pace. The author keeps the reader engaged throughout the book by introducing new conflicts and challenges at regular intervals. The story’s flow is smooth, and the transition between different phases of the characters’ lives is seamless.

Overall, the plot and structure of “The Three Mistakes of My Life” are well-crafted and contribute significantly to the novel’s success. The story is engaging, and the characters are relatable, making it a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Indian literature.

The 3 Mistakes

3 Mistakes of My Life is a story of the young, aspirant, and honest Businessman of Ahmedabad and his friends and families. This is a story of his 3 Mistakes. The three mistakes mentioned in the title refer to the significant events of their life.

I would request you to read the novel to know those three mistakes. Then, maybe you will be able to relate those to your life – some mistakes that changed your life.

The Writer

Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality, and motivational speaker. He is also a former investment banker.

Bhagat was included in the list of 100 most influential people globally by Time magazine and was ranked among the top 50 Indian celebrities by Forbes magazine.

The writer, I should say, is Awesome at writing. The way he presents his story, you will be mesmerized. The familiar characters around us quickly become central characters in his books. And you can’t stop reading.

Review of the Book

The 3 Mistakes of My Life is an excellent book. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether you are a student, a working professional, or a homemaker.

This book will surely change your perspective on life. It is a perfect blend of business, cricket, and religion. A story that will make you laugh, cry, and think.

The writer depicts the daily life of Ahmedabad’s old town inhabitants. He also shows the dreams and aspirations of the youth in India. He has described the business, cricket, and religious aspects of their life as just amazing.

This story is neither a typical love story nor a typical youth goon’s story. This is life. And this is not just a story. It has profound insights of a writer.

The book is a light read and can be finished in a day or two. The language is simple and easy to understand. This book is a must-read for all the young aspirants of India.

If you haven’t, then go ahead and read the book to know the three mistakes of Govind’s life and how he overcomes them.

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The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat is a story about India’s business, cricket, and religion. The prologue is fantastic and grabbed my attention right away. The book is well-written and provides a glimpse into the daily life of Indians.

I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars. You should read the novel.

Reading is fun. You will enjoy reading if you are interested in the subject. The books like 3 Mistakes of My Life will make you curious to read more. Take reading as a tool to be happy and to keep motivating yourself.

Have you read the book? Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.