English is the new caste system: Chetan Bhagat
For author Chetan Bhagat, the English language has turned out to be the new caste system with everything between getting a job or entering a new relationship based on how well people know the language.
New Delhi: For author Chetan Bhagat, the English language has turned out to be the new caste system with everything between getting a job or entering a new relationship based on how well people know the language.
"In terms of jobs or in relationships people will always ask you whether or not you know to speak English. English has become the new caste system," Bhagat said.
He was here to launch his latest book titled "Half-Girlfriend" a love story between Madhav, "a boy from Bihar with big dreams who falls in love with the beautiful Riya, a rich lass from Delhi." Calling the book, published by Rupa as the "closest story to my heart" Bhagat said he often questions himself, "If I am not acceptable to rural India, how can I call myself a best selling author?"
During the launch attended by Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi, the 40-year-old author said the best part about his books is that it is picked up by people who have never read an English book to learn Englsih. Asked by Huma about how he dealt with scathing criticism, Bhagat said he was used to it from the beginning. "There will always be weeds in a garden," said the author. "I don't let praise affect me. I am not perfect. I am not the best writer but am a best-selling writer," Bhagat siad.
An investment banker-turned-novelist, Bhagat's books have been adapted for the big screen. His "Five Point Someone" was adapted into the blockbuster "3 Idiots" starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead.
He also scripted the screenplay for the recent Salman Khan starrer film "Kick". "Revolution 2020" was his last book.