Ex-banker Chetan Bhagat talks about his blockbuster books

Banker turned India’s best-selling English novelist, Chetan Bhagat, explains why writing is more fulfilling than banking.

Given that Indian authors have won a slew of Booker prizes and other awards during the past few years, it may come as a surprise that India's best-selling English-language novelist is largely unknown outside his home country. Chetan Bhagat's books have not won any international literary awards, sell primarily in India and have rarely been lauded by critics.

I started writing as a hobby, because I was bored in my job, said banker-turned-writer Bhagat. It was intended to be a hobby and I never thought it would become a full-time career.

The first few years of Bhagat's working life may sound familiar. He started his career with Peregrine in Hong...

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