I won’t say I liked ‘5 point someone’ but I could manage to finish that novel in couple of hours. I read the second one, “One Night @ Call Center”, just to keep up with the peer pressure. Almost everyone I know is a Chetan Bhagat fan and every person who mentions ‘reading’ as a hobby in their resume has read Chetan Bhagat’s book(s). No wonder he’s India’s #1 selling author [claim made by his official website]. I decided to keep away from the third one, which had excellent reviews from the fans, other said it was crap. I stayed away from the book.
Chetan is now releasing his 4th novel titled “2 states” which is about inter-community marriages in modern India. I read the teaser and found out that Mr. Bhagat has began writing novels that can be easily turned into typical Bollywood flick. I believe one can write like Chetan Bhagat if following points are followed –
1. Choose the characters: The protagonist(s) must be young & modern.
2. Communication among the characters: All the dialogs should sound as if young Indian is speaking. That essentially means the ‘F-word’ should appear after every alternate sentence.
3. Plot: Nothing in particular. Just think of bollywood movies.
4. Love story: Most people suck in love that’s why they love to read love stories. So make sure that there’s a love story. Basically, if you write love stories – people will read.
5. Add a twist: Preferably at the end – because that’s what keeps people reading until the end. It could be something way out of the world.
If you think I’m just kidding, give it a try. Write a story based upon any bollywood flick and publish it in your college magazine or personal website. Trust me, people will read.
–The Big K–