Book Review: Heads You Win

The 3 mistakes of my life

Well! just 3? I am not sure. I have not counted.

No, it is not about my life. I got around to reading this new novel by Chetan Bhagat. Hmm! At the time of writing this, this book is not available in Amazon.

The book is similar in style to the author's earlier books - simple, fast-paced and light on the brain!

The setting is Gujarat around 2000-2003. The story has in it, all of India's national pastimes - cricket, religion and politics. What more can you ask for?

There are three friends. The protagonist is a maths wiz kid and a businessman at heart. One of his friend is from the family of temple priests and the third, a cricket-player-turned-coach. The priest friend's mama adds the political connection. There is the sister of the other friend, who adds the romantic part. The extraordinarily talented child prodigy, Ali completes the story with the cricket and religious element.

And what are the three mistakes? That is better read than described. Suffice to say, they are three incidents, if not, turning points in the story.

As the story moves, you have the devasting earthquake in bhuj and it's after-effects as also the 9/11 bombings and the aftermath, in the lifes of the three friends.

The Godhra massacre and the post-Godhra massacre form the background of the climax, which I thought was contrived and overdrawn.

At Rs.95/- this is an affordable book and is just right for a 2 hour flight or train journey. For anything longer, go armed with a different book!