Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The religious side of Chetan Bhagat and other hidden things in his Novels.

Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition is an upcoming novel by Chetan Bhagat.

This novel comes after after his 4 earlier novels namely:
  • Five Point Someone
  • One night @ the Call Center
  • The 3 Mistakes of My Life
  • 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan and find his novels pretty average. Its not worth reading more than once. However I have seen some die-hard fans (my own brother is one!) who read them again and again. I feel that they are simply wasting their time. Much wonderful books are available from Spencer Johnson, Richard Bach, Paulo Coelho, Shiv Khera and Mr Patni.

But there is something that comes out from his novels. And that is Chetan Bhagat's religious side, which he seems to hide or mask in a very simple way. And its a possibility he has firm belief in Numerology too! Are you a Chetan Bhagat fan? If yes have you ever wondered about this?

Lets analyze the title of his books... all of them contain a number don't they. Also, did you ever wonder the similarity in the names of the Lead Characters of his novels? I'll repeat them for your reference-

  • Five Point Someone : Hari
  • One night @ the Call Center: Shyam
  • The 3 Mistakes of My Life: Govind
  • 2 States: The Story of My Marriage: Krish
  • Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition: Gopal, Raghav
In each case the names Hari, Shyam, Govind, Krish, Gopal are names for Lord Krishna isn't it? And every title contains a number (a sign of his love for Numerology). I also wonder if Chetan Bhagat is superstitious. Or is it just that he's following some pattern unconsciously? The data don't seem to agree with the latter. Its too obvious to be a co-incidence. Also, the other lead in his Revolutions 2020 is Raghav a name for Lord Rama.

I had noticed it in 2006 when I read his second novel and shared my thoughts with a few of my friends. However, this is the first time I am sharing this publicly.

Other things common about his novels are:
  1. A romantic love story
  2. They contain one 'Sex scene'
  3. They are cheaper compared to other novels Rs. 95/- only.
  4. It indirectly targets graduating or fresh graduates.
I guess being a graduate from IIM he knows how to market his products well.

There were other things which I had noticed but unfortunately I am not able to recall at this instant. Will update this or post another article as and when I remember.

If you notice something... you are welcome to share your views too.

However, I will say please don't waste your time in his novels. You can enjoy the following instead:

  1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  3. The Present by Spencer Johnson
  4. Who moved my cheese by Spencer Johnson
  5. The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  6. Chicken soup for the Soul
  7. Success is Never ending Failure is never Final by Robert H Schuller
  8. The World's Grestest Comebacks by Robert Anthony Schuller.
I guess being a graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, he must have been deeply affected by the Gujrati culture and hence Lord Krishna left an immutable impression on him.

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