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Shvoong Home>Books>The Three Mistakes of My Life Review

The Three Mistakes of My Life

Book Review   by:yasmiin     Original Author: Chetan Bhagat
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The story begins with the author recieving 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.
Published: September 11, 2008   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    did vidya and govid get married in the end? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    I love it View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the critical appreciation of the story View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    iwant to know the synopsis of this book reveiw View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what are the three mistakes ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    1 mistake: Govind decides to expand his buissness by opening a second shop in a mall but that building was unfortunately destroyed by a natural calamity. 2 mistake: Govind came in physical relationship with his best friend's sister "vidya" on her birthday. 3 mistake: Govind was not able to rescue ali because of which ali got his wrist damaged that unabled him to play cricket. Sunday, July 14, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    y u named 3 mistakes of lyf View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    did ishan except d relation betwn vidya n govind ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    No Ishan didit axcept relation betwn them Monday, February 17, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    WHAT ARE THE THREE MISTAKES OF THERE LIFE View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    state critical evaluation of characters of the 3 mistakes in my life ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Govind Friday, March 01, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    Why Parekh ji wanted to kill Ali even knowing that he is a small child? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    b'coz Ali was a muslim. Sunday, February 10, 2013
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  1. 19. amreen

    3mistake

    thanks 4 this review i needed it badly

    1 Rating Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  2. 18. Akshaya

    3 mistake in my life

    very beautiful story.... :)

    2 Rating Friday, March 01, 2013
  3. 17. molly

    bestseller..

    it is really a good book and can rightly be called a bestselling novel

    1 Rating Saturday, January 26, 2013
  4. 16. Sonam Jha

    3 mistakes of my life

    its fantastic actually my english teacher had given me homework that you have to read a novel and i just read its itz just amazing..........!!!

    2 Rating Sunday, July 01, 2012
  5. 15. neelam

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    cant stop crying

    2 Rating Saturday, May 19, 2012
  6. 14. secret

    hey

    Awesome Story :)

    1 Rating Friday, April 27, 2012
  7. 13. khushboo

    3 mistake of life

    beautiful story

    1 Rating Monday, March 19, 2012
  8. 12. saswati panda

    3 mistakes of my life

    it is fantacstic;

    1 Rating Wednesday, February 08, 2012
  9. 11. nitish

    novel

    thanxx.... grt job done

    2 Rating Sunday, November 20, 2011
  10. 10. nitish sharma

    muuuuuaaaahhh.............

    grt job done bt pls tell, r u a student or a professional?

    1 Rating Sunday, November 20, 2011
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