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How difficult or challenging it may be to become Chetan Bhagat? In other words, what it feels like to be Chetan Bhagat. Chetan Bhagat is not new to controversies. Whether controversies love him or he loves them is difficult to say. Those who follow Chetan Bhagat on Twitter, read his articles and books and watch films based on his books know that Chetan Bhagat and controversies are always within kissing distance of each other.

One wrong or politically incorrect word in a tweet can land him in a controversy. This is what seems to have happened today. Nowadays the word ‘rape’ sends a chill when used in public discourse or in a tweet. Due to two incidents of gang rapes in the recent past, there are those who believe that the use of word ‘rape’ must be avoided at all costs. And if a celebrity and a Youth Icon like Chetan Bhagat who has lakhs of followers on Twitter ought to think more than twice before using the R word in a tweet that’s likely to get hundreds of RTs and Favourites.

While slamming the slide of rupee, he used the R word in a tweet. Unfortunately, the ill-fated tweet stirred up hornet’s nest and outrage was so deafening that he had to delete that tweet. This spontaneous outrage over the use of R word in a tweet by a best selling author raises many serious questions.

It is agreed that rape is a beastly crime and the rapist deserves the harshest possible punishment. By committing rape, a rapist violates not only his victim’s dignity but her entire existence. Those who follow the current affairs would know that Indian rupee has been falling as if there were no tomorrow. This unabated fall of rupee is raising serious concerns. Economists are worried at this alarming trend and to make the matter worse, there’s no trick in sight to arrest the fall of rupee. The ruling class is equally clueless and what we get from the powers that be are false assurances and free advice to remain calm even as the rupee fall continues to break all previous records.

Now if this brazen disregard with which the ruling class is dealing with the falling rupee is not rape of rupee, then what is it? If Chetan Bhagat demands punishment for this continuous rape of rupee, what’s the problem? Why should he be subjected to the lectures on the usages of certain words in popular discourse? There’s an entire army of self-proclaimed conscience keepers out there against Chetan Bhagat and his use of R word in a tweet. Are they not going overboard in taking him to task?

In spite of incidents of rapes in metros like New Delhi and Mumbai, the Hindi films often portray heroes stalking heroines with a view to wooing them. This is exactly what rapists are supposed to do. They stalk their victims before striking. Why doesn’t anybody raise their voice against such scenes in films that glorify stalking? There are songs in which heroes tease heroines and call them by names. This type of behaviour in real life amounts to eve-teasing if emulated on streets. Why don’t we ever hear even so much as a whimper of protest against such songs?

Nothing can justify these potshots against Chetan Bhagat. His tweet was subjected to unfair scrutiny, criticism and vilification. It is sad to see that he had to delete that tweet because his detractors were out their with knives to misinterpret it. Another sad thing is he often gets unsolicited advice on English grammar and usage of right words at the right places on public platforms like Twitter.

It must really be extremely tough to be Chetan Bhagat. One wonders how he copes with so much scrutiny and not to mention unfair criticism. But he often comes across as a brave underdog who keeps doing his job no matter what others think and say about him. He doesn’t mind getting pilloried. Maybe he knows that what great heights he has achieved both as a popular writer of fiction and a Youth Icon are exactly what not many (read his detractors) can digest. And this is precisely why his path will continue to be infested with thorns.

Poor Chetan Bhagat. He is someone who keeps dodging bullets and yet manages to write best selling novels that get converted into super-hit films and columns that create controversies and debates. As I’ve often argued on this platform, if Chetan Bhagat’s detractors are successful in muting or dumbing down Chetan Bhagat’s spontaneity, then Twitter won’t be half of as much fun as it is today.

I wish his detractors are forced to eat an humble pie yet another time and Chetan Bhagat comes out smelling of roses this time too.

Chetan Bhagat is a very nice human being, writer and a celebrity whose fame is a matter of endless debates. What’s with Chetan Bhagat and controversies? Does he manufacture controversies to stay in the limelight? Or do the controversies come knocking at his door at regular intervals?

Believe it or not Chetan Bhagat and controversies are as inseparable as water from milk. There are numerous critics out there who get their knickers in a twist the moment they hear the name of Chetan Bhagat. If it were up to them, they would have picked up a gun and pumped as many bullets into his head as the pages of his first novel to see what lies inside his thick skull.

His unprecedented success is the product of hard work or pure accident is something we all will have to wait until the guy pens down his tell all autobiography in the very style his detractors have come to hate so much. Having said that the fact remains that his fans certainly outnumber his detractors, and; this is precisely what makes Chetan Bhagat tick.

His novels are simple. His protagonists are like the people next door. His prose is devoid of the pretence of any grandeur. His protagonists mouth the sentences today’s youth can relate to. His motto is to entertain without charging much. When he tweets or speaks, he comes across as down to earth individual who is yet to come to terms with his phenomenal success.

Then what’s the problem? There are no PR guys working over time to make the brand Chetan Bhagat. If Chetan Bhagat is a brand as big as this, this brand building is effortless. His ability to reach out and connect with the masses has made him what he is today. It’s all about perfect timing. The guy is a genius. He appeared on the scene when there was a void. And since he was the first to appear, his fans accepted him with all his apparent follies and so-called lack of sophistication.

Let us stop raving and ranting about Chetan Bhagat. He grows only bigger the more we ridicule him. When Mr. Pritish Nandy, Mr. Shashi Tharoor and Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai call the much loved and equally hated Chetan Bhagat their friend, it is the reminder of the hope that anybody from the back of beyond can strike it big. And perhaps this explains the hysteria and outrage that follow Chetan Bhagat relentlessly wherever he goes.


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