India’s most successful author Chetan Bhagat turns 40 today(Tuesday) the excitement in media is so much that even Narendra Modi himself tweeted a selfie with this popular author on twitter wishing him happy birthday.
At 40, Bhagat believes that “ Forty is a landmark year in most people’s life. The big four oh makes you want to look back at your life and reassess it. And it doesn’t matter how successful you are, there will always be things you wished you would have done when you were younger.”
That is indeed very true. Infact, most of his famous quotes are quite satirical and stereotypical wherein behind the veil of humor insightful truths about the Indian people, life, thought and behavior are hidden. Some of his quotes are
1. The world’s most sensible person and biggest idiot both stay within us. The worst part I, you cant tell who is who.
2. The world’s most funniest and easiest thing is to give advice.
3. The pretty girl is always right. But pretty girls behave the best when you ignore them. Of course, they have to know you are ignoring them, for otherwise they may not even know you exist.
4. Jealousy is a rather enjoyable emotion to watch.
5. Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a prepaid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is jut 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s okay, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people not programmed devices.
6. When we choose a mobile network, do we check whether Airtel or Vodafone belong to a particular caste? No, we simply choose the provider based on the best value or service. Then why do we vote for somebody simply because he belongs to the same caste as us?
7. Sometimes in your life you just meet someone or hear something that nudges you on the right path. And that becomes the best advice. It could just be a bit of commonsense said in a way that resonates with something in you. It’s nothing new, but because it connects with you it holds meaning for you.
8. We know we are all tarnished, so we doubt everyone else too. It is sad situation, where we need a leader but cannot really trust anyone.
9. Finally, the last point that can kill your spark is Isolation. As you grow older you will realize you are unique. When you are little, all kids want Ice cream and Spiderman. As you grow older to college, you still are a lot like your friends. But ten years later and you realize you are unique. What you want, what you believe in, what makes you feel, may be different from even the people closest to you. This can create conflict as your goals may not match with others. And you may drop some of them. Basketball captains in college invariably stop playing basketball by the time they have their second child. They give up something that meant so much to them. They do it for their family. But in doing that, the spark dies. Never, ever make that compromise. Love yourself first, and then others.
10. A ‘very good friend’ is a dangerous category with Indian girls. From here you can either make fast progress or if you play it wrong, you can go down to the lowest category invented by the Indian women ever – rakhi brother.