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The 3 Mistakes of My Life: Amazing Book Summary


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Here, I give a full summary the book of the 3 mistakes of my life.

What’s in it for me?

  1. Who Is Chetan Bhagat?     
  2. Introduction Of Book     
  3. Summary Of The Book   
  4. The 3 Mistakes Of My Life: Book Review
  5. Conclusion   
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Chetan Bhagat?  

Chetan Bhagat was born on 22 April 1974 in Delhi.

His father was a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army and mother was wok in the government agriculture department.

He did his engineering at IIT Delhi, after that he did MBA in IIM Ahmadabad. Then he married his classmate named Anusha. And then he shifted to Canada with his family.

He was not interested in writing books so, he did a job in the bank. After some time he wrote his first novel ‘Five point someone’ in 2004. And it became a blockbuster book.

So he started writing.

He wrote eight blockbuster novels – Five point someone (2004), One night @ the call center (2005), The 3 mistakes of my life(2008), 2 state (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half girlfriend (2014), One Indian girl (2016), The girl in the room (2018).

And out of these eight novels five novels are converted into movies successfully.

He is a motivational speaker and screenplay writing and also wrote the screenplay for Salman Khan’s hit movie Kick.

He was honored as ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in Indian history,” by the New York Times and also listed his name in ‘100 most influential people in the world’

His name listed amongst ‘100 most creative people in the business.’ By Fast Company, USA.

Introduction Of Book

This book was written by famous Indian author and columnist Chetan Bhagat in 2008.

This is a friendship novel. The full story of this famous novel based on three friends in the city of Ahmedabad in western India.

The Three Mistakes Of My Life published on 1 January 2008 in the Gujarati language.
This is one of the best book written by Chetan Bhagat and become the third best selling book of Chetan Bhagat.

Movie Kai Po Che is based on this book. And the public loves the movie.

This is a big success for the novel and Chetan Bhagat.

Main Characters Of The Story

GOVIND: He is the narrator of the story. He is business-minded person.

ISHAAN: He is a cricketer.

OMI: He is a guy, who has no plans for his future.

ALI: He is the best cricketer and student of the Ishaan.

GEETA: He is a sister of Ishan.

Summary Of The Book

The story begins with the Chetan Bhagat receiving an email from a person named Govind.

Which he mentioned that he had committed three big miskates of his life and that he wishes to commit suicide.

The writer gets terrified when he raised the email and contacts one of his old teachers regarding the email.

He tries to do some research about the guy and finds out that Govind is admitted to The Civil Hospital of Ahmedabad.

Chetan Bhagat goes to Gujrat and meets Govind at that hospital.

Story Starts

Govind starts telling a story in flashback. Three friends Ishaan, Govind and Omi left in the small town of the Ahmadabad.

Ishaan is a cricket player. He wants to join the Indian cricket team but unfortunately, he couldn’t.

Govind is good at maths but belongs to a poor family. That’s why he couldn’t get admission into an engineering college.

But Govind doesn’t feel bad about it. Because he doesn’t want to works under someone else.

He wants to start his own business.

The third friend Omi doesn’t know what to do in his life. He has no goals and no plans for the future. His father has a priest. But Omi doesn’t want to be like his father.

Once, the three friends decide to meet and discuss. Govind gets an idea to open a sports store and focus mainly on cricket products.

Turning Point

With the help of Omi, they can get a store instead of the temple for rent. As Ishaan was so much into cricket, he acquires more customers by giving tips to them about cricket.

The store gets a boost start because of Govind as he was a business-minded.

Govind realizes that the store is going well so, they decided to buy a shop in a shopping mall. He borrows money to pay the advance for a shop.

Due to some financial problems, Govind started to search to sell stationery material along with sports products.

For the expansion of business, Ishaan also starts giving cricket coaching in a compound. And to help Ishann Govind started to maths tutions.

Ishaan finds out a boy named Ali, who plays cricket very well. One time Ali geta dizzy while playing. Ishaan takes Ali to the doctor.

Where he knows that Ali has a hyper reflex problem. That’s why he plays good cricket. Ali can see reflexes10 times better than the normal person can.

That is why Ali gets tried very easily and starts having a headache. Ishaan likes Ali a lot so he starts to teach him cricket.

Love Story

Ishaan has a sister named Vidya. She was preparing for the entrance exam. So, Ishaan requests Govind to teach mathematics to his sister.

Vidya gets attracted to Govind and starts falling in love with him. She also confesses her love for Govind by a card. After some time Govind also starts falling in love with Vidya.

One day suddenly the earthquake did. The shop in the shopping mall gets destroyed completely. Govind hears about this and breaks down.

He had already put in a lot of money in the shop.


This was the first mistake of his life, “Investing all his and his friend’s money in a single project.”

After some months….

There is a match between  INDIA vs AUSTRALIA. At Goa. Ali and three friends reach Goa. Ishaan had train Ali in such a way that he doesn’t get tried soon.

Friedli an Australian cricketer. Ishaan tells Friedli about Ali’s problem. Friedli test Ali. And he was surprised by Ali’s performance. Friedli invites Ali to the Australian academy and arranges tickets for all of them.

Ali’s training begins in Australia.

Australian sports academy and the head of the EIES scholarship program meet Ali and offer him a scholarship.

But they also provide the condition that to attending this scholarship Ali has to become a citizen of Australia. Ali refuses a scholarship directly.

Govind and Vidya’s Realationship

Meanwhile, Govind and Vidya contact through calls.

After some time, on vidya’s birthday, they both come close and share some deep intense movements. They cross their limits.

This was the second mistake of his life. “The mistake of falling in love with his friend’s sister.”

Hindu-Muslim Riot

Omi has an uncle whose son got killed in a Hindu-Muslim riot. So, Omi’s uncle turns furious and decides to burn the Muslims

His men Ali’s mother and father too. Ishaan, Govind,  and Omi hide Ali in a building.

Omi’s uncle and his man reached building somehow, and orders Ali to come out as he was Muslim.

But Ishaan refuses. While saving Ali, Omi was killed. When Omi’s uncle saws Omi dying in front of him, he was filled with raised.

Then he throws a knife toward’s Ali.

Govind thinks to save Ali but realizes that he also may die. Govind becomes selfish. A few seconds later he decides to save Ali but it was too late. Ali gets hurt on his wrist by a knife thrown by Omi’s uncle.

This was the third mistake of Govind’s life. “If he hadn’t been selfish, he could have saved Ali without hurting him.”

Omi’s uncle also dies.

Ali’s hand not working. So, Ishaan starts ignoring Govind, that’s why the stores get half. One half is Ishaan cricket store and the other half is Govind’s stationery.

Also, Vidya’s family comes to know about her and Govind’s affair. They send Vidya out of town and restrict not to any contact with Govind.

But still Vidya contacts Govind.

Happy Ending

Ali’s wrist operation requires him 5 lakh Rupees. Ishaan clearly says no to Govind’s money. But one day Govind and Vidya came to Ishaan and apologize for their mistake.

Ishaan forgives Govind and they both meet each other.

Ali’s wrist recover and he starts playing cricket just like before.

This is a Happy ending of the story.

The 3 Mistakes Of My Life: Book Review

I give 10 out of 10 for this book.

Chetan Bhagat writes very simply. And it was a perfect book for youngsters. This novel by Chetan bhagat is a perfect combination of drama, masala, and reality.

This novel makes you Chetan Bhagat’s fan.


What do we learn from this novel?

Be careful about your mistakes. Do not make mistakes that you can not correct in the future. Or do not make mistakes that destroy your life.

And also we all do mistakes but important is move forward. Enjoy your life

If you want to know detailed about failure& how to overcome them. Check our blog.

In the last, I want to say that you must read this and all the books of Chetan Bhagat. All books are fantastic.

And I have one question for you, how was the summary? Comment below.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the 3 mistakes of my life a real story?

Yes. This novel based on a real-life story written by Chetan Bhagat.

2. What are 3 mistakes of my life?

1. Investing all his and his friend’s money in a single project.
2. The mistake of falling in love with his friend’s sister.
3. If he hadn’t been selfish, he could have saved Ali without hurting him.
These are 3 mistakes of narrator’s life.

3. Which movie is based on three mistakes of my life?

Bollywood movie ‘Koi po che’ is based on three mistakes of my life book.

4. Who wrote the book The 3 Mistakes of My Life?

The 3 mistakes of my life written by famous Indian author Chetan Bhagat. It is a third best selling book of Chetan Bhagat.



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