Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. If you’re in India, the chances are that there’s at least one of his novels on your bookshelf or one of his columns in the newspaper in front of you on the table. If you still haven’t escaped from him, there are tons of interviews lately like this one showing up in front of you.
Through his plain prose, the banker-turned-writer has touched India’s young people, who see echoes of their lives in his stories of campus life, call centres, cricket, entrepreneurship, communal violence, inter-caste marriage, and love.
Ten years on as a professional writer, Bhagat, 40, says he is better prepared to face criticism. “I can dispassionately talk about it. It cannot bother me enough to disrupt me. But in the initial stages there were real moments of doubt,” he told India Insight ahead of his latest book’s launch in Delhi.
“Half Girlfriend” is a novel about a timid, non-English speaking Bihari boy’s journey in a world dominated by “English types”, and who “half-romances” a rich Delhi girl.