Best Novels Written by Chetan Bhagat

Best Novels Written by Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974), is the author who is credited with literally making India read again as well as reviving the Indian Publishing Industry. His books are widely successful and post his success, many youngsters started aspiring to become authors as well. In 2008, Chetan Bhagat was named the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history by none other than the prestigious New York Times. He also features in TIME magazine’s 100 top influential people in the world.

He writes op-ed columns for many English and Hindi newspapers, including the Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar. Chetan Bhagat is an IIT and IIM graduate and an ex- international investment banker, and now a bestselling author and a motivational speaker. He also actively works for youth and national development.

Below are the best novels and books written by Chetan Bhagat.


Five Point Someone (2004)For majority of Indian Guys, Engineering is not a choice, it’s a way of life that is expected of them since the day they were born.

Five point someone is a story of three such guys who end up in India’s most prestigious Institute: the IIT, by cramming and mugging their way through entrance exams.

The book does not deal with engineering neither does it have pointers on how to clear the entrances. But it does delve on the fact that no matter how hard getting into an IIT is, it is even harder to survive if your heart is not in it.

Three friends Alok, Hari and Ryan have one catastrophic incident after another. The book has been loosely adapted into a movie called ‘3 Idiots’. The movie trailer can be found here:

Five Point Someone is the story of three friends whose measly five-point something GPAs come in the way of everything-their friendship, their love life, their future. Will they make it?
Published by: Rupa & Company
Date Published: 04/04/2006
Edition: 1.0
ISBN: 8129104598
Available in: Paperback Hardcover

One Night at Call CenterSix call center employees, spending night after night helping Americans with their appliance issues. Each dealing with issues, each feeling that there is now no way out of the problems. There is a clash between ex lovers, between modern and traditional sensibilities, between generations and between them.

But, on Thanksgiving day, they receive a call, that would change their fates and in turn their lives forever. Who was the caller? God.


Welcome to one night 2 call center, another witty, dark novel from the award-winning author of the national bestseller Five Point Someone.
Published by: Rupa & Co.
Edition: 1
ISBN: 8129108186
Available in: Paperback Hardcover

The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008)Even though divided by castes, states, age, religion, gender and even the colors of skin there is one thing that has woven itself into the soul of every Indian: CRICKET.

In this book, Chetan Bhagat brings together a love story set in Ahmedabad, Gujarat with elements like cricket, riots, earthquake.

Can friendship survive when all else seems to be in ruins? There was a movie adaptation of this book called ‘Kai PO Che’, watch the trailer here:

Published by: Rupa & Co.
Date Published: 01/01/2008
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9788129113726
Available in: Paperback Hardcover

2 States (2009)Two people meet, fall and love and then get married, Right? WRONG.

This is India, the land where Taj Mahal: The epitome of love is situated. But the fact remains that diversity did not lead to unity.

Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s life, this is a love story with a twist of reality. A couple from two states (thus the name), decide to marry. The book deals with the trials of the young couple in their journey of trying to convince their parents to each other.

Watch the movie trailer here:

Welcome to 2 States, a story about Krish and Ananya. They are from two different states of India, deeply in love and want to get married.
Published by: Rupa and Company
Date Published: 10/01/2009
Edition: 1.0
ISBN: 8129115301
Available in: Paperback Hardcover

Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition (2011)Based in Varanasi, this is a coming of age story. Three childhood friends find their relationship tested again and again.  Gopal, Raghav and Aarti find themselves making life changing decisions, what does destiny have in store for them?

The book’s tagline: Love, corruption and Ambition aptly sum up how each character’s fate changes with the decisions they have to make.

Published by: Rupa & Co.
Edition: 1.0
ISBN: 8129118807
Available in: Paperback

Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

More than friends, but not ready to be committed to each other? Madhav and Riya find a perfect solution to this complex relationship problem. Riya becomes Madhav’s Half Girlfriend!

Madhav, a Bihari guy who is not so proficient in English, falls in love with Riya, a Delhi Belle who spoke impeccable English.  Riya saw a friend in Madhav, Madhav saw girlfriend in Riya. Thus, the compromise.

Apart from this being a love story, it is also somewhere looking at the people from two and three tiered cities who are judged based on their knowledge and proficiency in a language and their aspirations and attractions for the English speaking crowd.

Will this compromise work out? That leaves to be seen.

Half Girlfriend
Published by: Rupa Publication India
Date Published: 10/10/2014
ISBN: 8129135728
Available in: Paperback

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