i am not a fan of CB, but i’d like to add that if middle class readers are aware of wordpress or wattpad, they wouldn’t choos chetan bhagat’s books. it’s not better content that makes CB popular, it’s the fact that he became popular through a lack of other alternatives . The dwindling sales figures of his books, after 2 states are proof that he did, in fact , get lucky.
I am no fan of Chetan Bhagat (CB). The mediocrity of craft in CB’s books keeps me away from them. His tweets and columns and speeches are often terribly offensive and rather unintelligent and crass.
I cannot wish him away just as I cannot wish away the reality of Dengue and Chikungunya. Some try, of course.
UK-based journalist-writer Salil Tripathi says “He exists for readers who are new to the English language and new to the idea of reading.” Author-columnist Santosh Desai agrees, “It marks a breakthrough of sorts – writing in English becoming popular in a mainstream sort of a way, moving away from a desire to exclude, speaking to a new set of aspirations with simple but resonant stories, cocking a snook at elitism.”
Moving away from a Desire to Exclude! I am not going to focus on the Desire, but lets just go with the word Exclude…
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