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All my books are overrated: Chetan Bhagat

All my books are overrated: Chetan Bhagat

brunch Updated: Apr 07, 2015 18:04 IST
Pooja Biraia
Pooja Biraia
Hindustan Times

Your favourite book-to-film adaptation.

Schindler’s List
and The Social Network.

A protagonist from any of your stories you’d like to meet in person.

Aarti from Revolution 2020.

Three things you do not want to hear about your books anymore.

"It’s not a literary novel", "Did this story really happen?" or "Is Two States your own story?"

A book you really want to write but think you can’t.

I want to write a book based on a female protagonist but as of now, I don’t think I can.

An ideal love story to you is...

Something that stirs your emotions, and inspires you too.

The worst thing someone’s said about your writing

"You write so badly that you should be killed" and "I hope you get cancer".

Which is more embarrassing to reveal: your first crush, your WhatsApp chats or your music playlist?

My chats for sure!

How many books do you aim to write in your lifetime?

10 to 15.

A snack you can cook in 20 minutes.

Twenty minutes is a long time. I can make a peanut butter toast and a fruit smoothie in 10 minutes and then take 10 minutes to eat it.

You’re most careless about...

My sleep.

At what point did you realise you were one of India’s most successful writers?

Once, when I was to give a talk in one of the smaller towns in India, mobs were banging at the auditorium doors to get in. It was then that I realised that I had arrived.

One lie you often get away with.

All my books are based on lies. Fiction, by definition, is lying. So I’m in the business of telling lies.

Share a secret with us.

I have decided to not do anything creative for a year because I need to refuel.

Your favourite way to unwind is...

To play with my kids.

A song that makes you smile

The three songs I’ve used in Half Girlfriend: I Love You For a Thousand Years by Christina Perri, You’re Beautiful by James Blunt and I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.

A piece of advice you wish someone gave you when you were 14.

"Don’t give a damn about the world".

A sport you play well and often

I’m bad at sports and I regret not having taken up one.

What constitutes an ideal male protagonist in your books?

Somebody who faces a lot of challenges but does not give up and someone who’s smart.

Gadgets you always carry with you.

My new iPhone 6 and my laptop.

Your most expensive purchase.

My house in Pali Hill.

One Indian or foreign author you’ve always wanted to meet.

Zadie Smith. She writes really well and is very pretty.

One disadvantage of being Chetan Bhagat.

I get bored of Chetan Bhagat but I can’t get rid of him.

If you could switch to a different career now, what would you choose?

A chef. I think I’ll be really good at it.

The last line of your autobiography would read...

"He did not want to be remembered, he wanted to be missed."

From HT Brunch, January 25, 2015
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First Published: Jan 23, 2015 16:25 IST