Born In: New Delhi, India
Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, motivational speaker, TV personality, and former banker. He is widely regarded as the most popular English-language author in India. Born and raised in New Delhi, he studied at ‘IIT’ and then ‘IIM,’ two of the most prestigious educational institutions of India. After obtaining his MBA degree from ‘IIM,’ he moved to Hong Kong and worked as an investment banker in firms such as ‘Goldman Sachs’ and ‘Deutsche Bank.’ He was highly inspired to become a writer in his younger years and began writing his first novel while working in Hong Kong. The novel, titled ‘Five Point Someone,’ became a big critical and commercial success. Following this, he went on to write more novels, such as ‘One Night @ the Call Center’ and ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life.’ Many successful films have been made on his novels, such as ‘2 States,’ ‘Half Girlfriend,’ and ‘Five Point Someone.’ He also worked on a few film screenplays and has appeared on TV as a celebrity dance reality-show judge. He is one of the very few Indian authors to have attained celebrity status in pop culture.
Also Known As: Chetan Prakash Bhagat
Spouse/Ex-: Anusha Bhagat
siblings: Ketan Bhagat
children: Ishaan Bhagat, Shyam Bhagat
Born Country: India
City: New Delhi, India
education: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (BTech) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (MBA)
awards: CNN-News18 Indian of the Year
Chetan Bhagat later joined the ‘Army Public School’ in Dhaula Kuan, Delhi. He had an impeccable sense of humor as a kid and also loved mathematics. He excelled in academics and scored high grades consistently. He was also a keen student of English literature and began writing during his high-school years.
Chetan Bhagat joined ‘Deutsche Bank’ in the mid-2000s and earned the position of the vice-president in the bank by 2006. By then, he had already become a bestselling author in India. Despite this, he was not making enough money to rely on full-time writing. In March 2008, he moved back to India after working in Hong Kong for 10 years. Within a few months, he was making a lot of money through his novels. He thus decided to quit his investment-banking job.
In the early 2000s, while Chetan Bhagat was working at ‘Goldman Sachs’ in Hong Kong, he had begun working on his debut novel, ‘Five Point Someone.’ He wrote during office hours and kept rewriting and polishing the draft for years. He wrote about 15 drafts of the novel and sent the final manuscript to many publishers. However, he was rejected by most of them. Eventually, ‘Rupa & Co.,’ a publishing house in Old Delhi, accepted his manuscript and asked him to rework on a few things.
By then, Chetan Bhagat had gained immense confidence about starting a full-time writing career, but he was still not able to take the big risk of quitting his job. His third novel, ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life,’ was released in 2008 and became a huge success, selling a lakh copies in 3 months. As the book became a bestseller, Bhagat also became the most successful English-language writer in India. ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ became the inspiration for the Hindi film ‘Kai Po Che!,’ which was hugely successful.
Chetan Bhagat was a celebrity judge on a dance reality show titled ‘Nach Baliye,’ a career move that was mocked by his critics, as he had no relation or understanding of dance.
Chetan Bhagat met Anusha Suryanarayanan while studying at ‘IIM.’ The couple fell in love and married in 1998. The couple have two sons: twin boys, Ishaan and Shyam Bhagat. The film ‘2 States’ was based on his real-life love story.
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