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'My boss told me I don't deserve to be promoted': Read author Chetan Bhagat's message on Facebook to haters, it actually makes a lot of sense

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Updated: July 25, 2014, 10:27 AM IST
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'My boss told me I don't deserve to be promoted': Read author Chetan Bhagat's message on Facebook to haters, it actually makes a lot of sense
What if I had chosen the path of getting drunk to cope? What if I had not written that first sentence?

Author Chetan Bhagat is no stranger to bile - deserved or not - from complete strangers on Twitter and Facebook. To his credit, he normally deals with online abusers with courtesy and humour. The main grouse of social media users against Bhagat is against his writing style.

But over the years as Bhagat's popularity and activity on social media and in the film industry has grown, his dissenters have found ways to rile him for opinions expressed on Twitter on a wide variety of subjects. In the past he has been criticized for his views on politics, on the film industry and on the brewing conflict in Gaza.

But on Friday Bhagat found a way to hit back with a post on Facebook that is simple, heartfelt and inspirational. He wrote an open note to his followers - many of whom are fans of his books in their teens and twenties - telling them to never let disappointment get them down.

He spoke of his boss in his banking job who told him that he did not deserve to be promoted. Bhagat is a bestselling author today and also the writer of several acclaimed Bollywood films. His note makes a lot of sense if you put aside your prejudice and read it with an open mind.

Here's the full text:

"Hello. 3 Idiots. Kai Po Che. 2 States and today, Kick.

Sometimes, I look back and wonder, how on earth did all this happen? I remember my days at the bank in Hong Kong, and getting a performance review from my boss, telling me I don't deserve to be promoted. That I lacked something, while everyone else was ok. I remember thinking I need a drink, and wanting to get pissed drunk at his treatment of me. But right then, another thought came to me. Let me express my hurt in another way. And so I started a book, about three friends in an Engineering college.

Six books, five films and a hundred columns later, today as I see Kick release in more screens than any other film ever, I wonder. What if I had chosen the path of getting drunk to cope? What if I had not written that first sentence? What if I had believed my boss, who said I lacked something vital? Thank you God for giving me the strength and wisdom at that moment.

All of us are told we aren't good enough. Sometimes we believe it also. But don't. Because nobody, not even you, knows what you are capable of. The criticism will never stop, ever. As I write this, many on Twitter must be posting hate tweets about me, telling me how useless I am. But all I want to tell them is this. Buddy, I heard that one before. And it is because I heard that is why I am where I am today.

Congratulations to the entire hard working team of Kick for the big release today.

And thank you boss. Thank you so much for not promoting me.

Chetan Bhagat.
25 July 2014"

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First Published: July 25, 2014, 10:27 AM IST
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