'All books by Chetan Bhagat are overrated'

All books by Chetan Bhagat  are overrated

Published: Fri 5 May 2017, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 15 May 2017, 11:09 AM

Which is your all-time favourite book and why?
To name one is nearly impossible. But if I absolutely must pick one, it would be Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it when I was still in school, and not too exposed to the harsh realities of issues such as discrimination and racial prejudice. The book shook me up and opened up a new line of thinking. I still believe books like these are responsible for the kind of ideologies I tend to lean towards.
Is there any particular character in literature that has stayed with you?
Atticus Finch would be in the top 10 list somewhere. Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With The Wind) for her beauty and foolishness and strength, all wrapped in one. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) would be my personal all-time favourite tragic, tortured, hateable-yet-lovable hero.
What sort of non-fiction do you prefer to read?
I only started reading non-fiction recently. So five years ago, someone recommended a book on the history and struggle of Kashmiris, and I went on from there. Anything that involves history is good for me. Autobiographies, biographies, historical books, etc. Currently, I am reading a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and I am pretty much glued to it.
Any favourite quote from a book?
Again, there are many. But here are two absolute favourites from Alice in Wonderland and The Diary of Anne Frank respectively. 1) "But I nearly forgot, you must close your eyes. Otherwise. you won't see anything." 2) "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single
moment before starting to improve the world."
One book that you find overrated, and one that you think is quite underrated in general?
All books by Chetan Bhagat are overrated - even the ones he hasn't written yet. The Music Room by Namita Devidayal and If You Look For Me, I'm Not Here by Sarayu Srivatsa are quite underrated.

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