- About Me
- About Complete/Convenient
From the outside, Ketan is a typical 37-year-old middle-class common man living in Mumbai. Other than being the brother of India's most influential writer, and receiving an occasional compliment for his sense of humor, Ketan's persona is so common that one doesn't even need to describe it. Just look around, and you will see someone like him… saturated salary, protruding waistline, receding hairline, old marriage, rented house and a car which is on EMI. Often seen bribing police constables, watching television debates against corruption, passing time at the bar… the kind of person who sends more Facebook requests than he receives. His Twitter account has more tweets than followers. That's Ketan Bhagat! Present everywhere, noticed nowhere.
Yet, scratch the surface, and inside you would uncover a zealous storyteller waiting to take you through a powerful transformational journey. A few years ago, as fatherhood embraced Ketan, his world changed. While changing diapers, Ketan found his mindset changing. When the child took a bath, the father felt cleansed. As Ketan started experiencing such divine tranquility in his naughty toddler's presence, a newfound wisdom and story tumbled out of the author.
Child/God is that story. Every newborn is unique, perfect, happy and light. His parents are usually the opposite. Yet, parents teach the child. Believing every child to be God's manifestation, Ketan has tried to learn from his child.
Child/God is Ketan's second novel. His first novel - Complete/Convenient - was a bestseller and is currently being adapted into a Bollywood movie. Before becoming a novelist, Ketan did stints with television and print media. Occasionally, Ketan is also invited as a motivational speaker.
To pay his daily bills, Ketan works for an IT MNC in Mumbai.
How is life outside India? Like they show in ‘Karan Johar’ type of Bollywood movies!
How is life in India? Like they show in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ type of Hollywood movies!
Have you ever wondered why NRIs long for India? Sitting on their pile of dollars, freedom, cleanliness and convenience, they often talk about the land full of scams, jams, crowds and corruption.
Just like a real life is full of fantasy dreams, can a fantasy life be full of ‘reality’ dreams?
What is it about an Indian life that fascinates those living outside it… even those who voluntarily left it themselves?
Welcome to the world of Kabir, a twenty-something software sales professional aspiring to relocate overseas. Charming, humorous, street smart and interesting, Kabir is a typical boy who loves life. The kind of boy usually Ranbir Kapoor plays in movies. Living in Mumbai with his best friend, who is his complete opposite and a walking-talking ‘excel sheet’, and in regular touch with his forthright girlfriend and family in Delhi, Kabir’s life is full on.
Elated on being transferred to Australia, Kabir quickly gets married and hops onto the next flight to Sydney. Dazzled by the glamorous free-spirited Aussie world, the newly-married honeymooning couple soon find themselves living a life beyond their rosiest imaginations. A quick professional success acts as a further icing on the cake.
But as time flies and the humdrum of married and professional life take over, realizations of loneliness and helplessness underlying an envious NRI life begin to surface. Worst come, the relationships left behind are beginning to wither. As his best friend and family battle through unexpected crisis and Kabir himself gets embroiled in professional challenges, balancing between the two worlds – Australia and India – becomes a stressful lone battle.
Based on emotions that every NRI and people related to NRI go through, "Complete / Convenient" sensitively journeys through characters and situations that the author, like every NRI, personally experienced during his stint out of India (including four years in Sydney).