From the outside, Ketan is a typical 38-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 was taken up by actor, producer Rahul Roy for a Bollywood adaptation. Before becoming a novelist, Ketan did stints with television and print media.
Besides being a novelist, Ketan is also a popular motivational speaker. A sincere learner of the Holy Geeta, Ketan’s talks are an engaging mix of humor, real life examples, wisdom of our scriptures and a realization of how we ourselves our limiting our potential.
Ketan speaks regularly for industry bodies, corporates, universities, schools and literary events. Examples include Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Gartner, iGate, Tata Consultancy Services, Ramco Systems, IIT, Lovely Professional University and Chitkara University.
To pay his daily bills, Ketan works for an IT MNC in Mumbai.