By- Asiful Haque
Name Of Book :The 3 mistakes
of my life
: Rupa Books
It’s the story about three friends Omi, Govind
and Ishaan. The story is presented through
Govind’s eyes and it’s his three mistakes of life that
are presented along. Govind is, interested in
coming up on his own in life, through business.
Ish is cricket player whose passion lies in
playing, teaching and watching cricket. Omi
is a priest‘s son who doesn’t have any
ambition of his own and just moves along
with his two friends.
The book is based on real life events. What
follows is a mix of cricket, religion, business, love
Story begins with Bhagat receiving an e-mail from
Govind who had taken many sleeping pill.
Govind set up Cricket Shop along with his friends
in the temple compound with Omi’s family’s help.
The shop prospers as Ishaan coaches young
boys in cricket and Govind teaches maths to
some boys and Ishaan’ sister Vidya.
They want to expand business in new mall in
city. They select the prime location in mall for
their shop and pay the advance.
communal party man bent on converting the young
into fighters in the name of Hinduism and wants
that these boys should work for there secular party.
Ishan then meets Ali, a Muslim child master with
reflex condition hit each ball for a six but can’t play
more than an over due to weakness.
They agreed to provide cricket coaching and
maths tuitions free of cost to Ali. Ali displays the
talent which Ishaan never had and Ali’s destiny
becomes his own.
It is the Republic day, earthquake came in
Gujarat. Mall in which they had booked shop get
Money invested (`110000) in
mall shop turns into first big mistake of Govind.
They endure great pains to take Ali all the way
to Sydney at the suggestion of one of the
Australian players. There, Ali is offered a contract
on the condition that he have to become an
Australian citizen is refused by Ali.
Govind falls in love with Vidya . That was his
second big mistake.
Bittoo Mama sends his son and Omi’s mother
with other Sevak to Ayodhya. On their return
journey Muslim mob put on fire the bogie of
Sevaks. In that Mama lost his son.
Ahmedabad burns in riot fires. Bittoo mama
with his party workers kills Ali’s family. Now
mama wants to kill Ali.
Omi dies while saving Ali from Mama’s
Ishaan finds out about Vidya and Govind, a
betrayal he does not forgive.
Govind while protecting Ali form Mama
make his third mistake. Due to a second delay
a blade of mama’s trishul jabbed Ali’s Wrist.
After these events Ishaan not talk with Govind for
more than two years. These events lead Govind to his
death-bed and that is when he writes the email to
Chetan Bhagat trigger the reconciliation
between Ish and Govind, rekindle the love between
Govind and Vidya & instill in him the desire to stay
Content: The Three Mistakes of my Life’ is a
story well told. Book has many interesting settings
Language: This book is written simply and has
the quality that makes one want to read the book
cover to cover in one sitting.
Other: None of reason for saving Ali are
based on the fact that he's a Muslim, or they
save Ali out of any moral obligation apart
from the fact that he is a potential cricketing
great. Chetan's notions of nationalism and
patriotism are just too immature and
Many times our dreams crash into pieces by
unexpected events but with support from people
around, we can get back on track, focus and rebuild our
Life will have many setbacks. People close to you will
hurt you. But you don’t break it off. You don’t hurt
them more. You try to heal it.