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Message from Chetan Bhagat

…who felt that the readers of this blog should read his message as well.

Hi Samit,

Thanks for your mail. I read your piece too. Very good indeed. But I hope you
are not geniunely hurt by it or something.

But some old fogies hitting literary menopause is amusing, to say the least. Graceful exit – ever heard that phrase people? I wish i could get more involved in this but i) all these guys use such complicated english in their arguments that i give up right at the start (you win dude, just leave me alone) and ii)i’d rather spend the time writing or connecting to my readers. Besides, a lot of it is really boring.

There is a dark side to all this – that even for some highly educated people –
the white stamp still matters. All I can say to them is – do we really need
white people to tell us what is a good story? But then, who listens to me.

We are lucky to be born in a country of a billion people. There is plenty of
audience right here. And last I checked, the sound of a brown man clapping and
white man clapping is the same.

I never voice this in the open, but this have half a mind to ask you to post
this mail on your blog. Oh well, just do it. Everything is allowed in the duck
of destiny.

Regards to you and all your readers,
God bless,


About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


12 thoughts on “Message from Chetan Bhagat

  1. I just want to tell you that I recently came across your blog and I am now a huge fan. I will keep reading while you keep quacking.

    Posted by Enemy of the Republic | September 5, 2005, 6:25 pm
  2. ” ii) I’d rather spend the time writing or connecting to my readers. Besides, a lot of it is really boring.”

    What else to say other than that ChetanB said it all that I wanted to say. And on his lines, is’nt sound of 100 brown men clapping more than sound of 10 white clapping.


    Posted by Psychedelic | September 5, 2005, 6:47 pm
  3. hi
    im kunal and i hope u recall, btw im sorry for pleading ignorance rather than pretending to have gyaan, in case u felt bad abt the way i asked u ur name and stuff.

    ur blog looks interesting,will red it all, sadly for now, its assignments time…

    so bbye and hope to c ya sometime in future

    Posted by almost_useless | September 5, 2005, 7:33 pm
  4. Wow, writers are such complex people! 🙂
    Education hardly has any co-relation with not seeking forstamp of approval, it probably makes us more conscious…
    An actual televised writers’ wrestling contest sounds like taking Reality TV to all new levels! 🙂
    The Tehelka piece was fantastic.

    Posted by Primalsoup | September 6, 2005, 1:21 am
  5. Please ask Chetan to get a blog and connect with us better:)
    Maybe you could tag team with Chetan and beat HH and co.

    Posted by zap | September 6, 2005, 8:29 am
  6. But then, who listens to me.

    very good question. and the answer would be quite quite fascinating, i’m sure.

    *racked with suppressed emotion*

    Posted by Teleute | September 6, 2005, 11:33 am
  7. hahaha

    Not ‘quite’ fascinating, it would be very fascinating.

    Posted by Shobhik | September 6, 2005, 12:06 pm
  8. eotr: thag you bery buch

    zap: can i pick who to team up with? if yes, could i team up with jhumpa lahiri/zadie smith? and its hhH

    Posted by samit | September 7, 2005, 4:27 pm
  9. I wanted to see the post/mail that you wrote to/about Chetan Bhagat…sort of ‘story so far’ so I can understand this conversation.

    Posted by IdeaSmith | September 10, 2005, 11:32 am
  10. Me too! What got him so hot under the collar in the first place?

    Posted by Rimi B. Chatterjee | May 16, 2007, 12:13 am
  11. ur all the three books were really awesome.
    although critics didn’t like ur books so much but for the youngsters like us,ur book is really wonderful…….waiting eagerly 4 the next book of your’s.

    Posted by Shrrey | September 3, 2008, 7:41 pm
  12. You’re looming everywhere, Mr. B! People do love to read to on buses. A healthy break from tomes!

    Posted by Soumashree | September 5, 2008, 12:02 am

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