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Chetan Bhagat Talks About 'One Indian Girl', Feminism and More

Chetan feels his books are yet to find critical acclaim in India because the book culture in India has always been a domain of the elite.


Updated:October 1, 2016, 3:35 PM IST

Chetan Bhagat is all set to release his new book One Indian Girl which is the author's first attempt to write from a woman's perspective. The widely popular author of bestsellers like One Night at a Call Center, Revolution 20-20 and Half Girlfriend talked about his new book to CNN-News18 in the most unique way possible.

"All my earlier books were about a middle class Indian male character but in this book I took the perspective of a modern Indian girl and wrote from a female first perspective. For the research I interviewed around 100 girls to know their strengths and pains." Chetan says.

The author has been posting videos of himself getting waxed and in this interview he gets a pedicure along with the anchor.

Chetan Bhagat has also touched upon the topic of feminism in his new book. "Feminism is a very broad topic and I couldn't have dealt with every portion of it in a limited pageframe. So I've covered the things I've seen in my life happening to determined, opinionated, independent women."

Bhagat feels women are forced to make ridiculous choices in life and are constantly judged no matter where they reach in their career.

When asked about being accused of casual sexism, Bhagat replies, "People have different threshold for sexism. It's not offensive to compliment a woman, but complimenting a woman on her looks while she's out there making a point brings her content down."

The author feels he will be happy if an average Indian woman reads One Indian Girl and accepts it.

Talking about his popularity Bhagat shares, "With popularity a certain sub section is formed in the society which disses the popular. I am happy that there is a subgroup that does it to me, it means I'm so mass now that people are tracking my every move."

Chetan feels his books are yet to find critical acclaim in India because the book culture in India has always been a domain of the elite class. "The book industry in India never had a popular fiction genre. Reading as a very niche activity before my books entered the scene.".

He further adds, "Everybody in India writes to get Booker prize, so when they see a book with mass appeal, they don't know how to react."

Chetan also shared his concerns about the social media platform, "This medium was introduced to share idea, however it has now become a hate platform. If you don't agree with my idea, or follow my idea I'll spam you and troll you. This is very negative."

Chetan Bhagat's One Indian Girl releases on October 1.

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