June 2, 2013
After Chetan, it’s Ketan
By ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY
NRI life isn’t like a Karan Johar movie. There are a lot of adjustments and sacrifices that one makes, says Ketan Bhagat who recently launched his debut novel.
On his website’s homepage, Ketan Bhagat thanks his readers for picking up his debut novel. And below that, his corporate side takes over and gives you three reasons to read his book Complete/Convenient: There Is More To Men And Bromance; it’s a realistic story, not chick-lit and portrays the transformation of a man. Reason enough to read Chetan Bhagat’s brother, who’s turned author.
I’m not a writer
Ketan Bhagat introduces himself as everything he’s not. “I’m not Ranbir Kapoor. You don’t have to stand up for me!” he says, as his audience at Just Books, Kochi, rose to welcome him. “I’m not a writer,” he says, though fresh copies of his debut novel Complete/Convenient sit in stacks beside him. “I’m not Chetan Bhagat, though I am his brother.” he laughs. He rattles off a familiar litany in proof of the last statement. “Chetan went to IIT followed by IIM and passed out with a gold medal from there. I barely made it past school, a diploma, and now a job as a mid-level sales manager. But most importantly, my stories begin where Chetan’s end,” says Ketan.
by Ananya Dhawan
Ketan Bhagat is a zealous storyteller and a writer. A typical thirty-fiveyear-old middle-class Indian living in Mumbai, storytelling is in his genes. He is bestselling writer Chetan Bhagat’s younger brother. His debut novel Complete/Convenient is proof of that with its success and the many hearts it has won.
I am not a well read man: Ketan Bhagat
Better known as bestselling author Chetan Bhagat’s brother, Ketan Bhagat says sailing in the publishing world was not smooth for him even though he was armed with a famous surname.
After getting rejected by some 25 publishers, he was signed by Crossword and his book “Complete/Convenient” has sold over 10,000 copies since its release about two months ago