The best-selling author Chetan Bhagat makes headlines mostly for wrong and controversial reasons and the same happened once again when a girl accused him of harassing her and shared screenshots of her conversation with Chetan in which he was trying to ‘woo’ her.
The screenshots have been shared by a journalist Sheena on the micro-blogging site Twitter and even though the identity of the concerned woman is not revealed, these screenshots certainly show the author in a bad light.
Just to inform, many women from the country are opening up about sexual harassment faced by them since Friday and during this, a number of prominent and famous names have come to light. All these allegations are being compiled by Sheena on her Twitter account.
First of all, take a look at the conversation between Chetan and the anonymous woman:
Chetan recently took to Facebook and accepted that both the screenshots that are going viral are real and he did have such a conversation with a woman several years ago. However, he didn’t have any physical relationship with her, though he felt a connection and she became special for him. He also apologised to the woman as well as to his wife Anusha for whatever happened and concluded his post by saying that he should not have told that person or at least in a private conversation as to what he felt for her at that moment of time.
Here’s what Chetan Bhagat wrote in his Facebook post:
I would like to make a couple of points about the screenshots that someone has shared just a couple of hours ago. It has taken me this much time because I saw them a bit late, and then I was in a conversation with Anusha. I am telling you all whatever I told her, which to my recollection is the truth.
But first of all, I am really sorry to person concerned. The screenshots, are of course real, and I am sorry if you felt they were wrong I hope you will accept my apology.
Just in terms of more information, these screenshots are several years old, and I had met the person in question a couple of times. We hit it off really well as a friendship, and as I say in the screenshots, I did feel a strong connection with her. I did find her a good human being, sweet, cute and funny (as I also say in the screenshots).
As I also say in the screenshots, I realized I was married and this was not about looking for any action. I just had not felt that kind of connection in a while. Maybe I was going through a phase, maybe these things just happen, or maybe I felt the person felt the same too based on our conversations (which I don’t need to repeat here). However, it was stupid of me, to feel that way and to even share that with her. I just told Anusha about it as well, and apologized to her for doing the same. I should have had better judgement, but I guess I erred a bit there. Maybe I misread the friendliness. Also, I am not completely sure because it was long ago, but the ‘wooing’ bit may have come from a conversation we had about how nobody woos anyone anymore and how sometimes one misses being wooed. My new book then was also about women (One Indian Girl) and we also discussed wooing and relationships in that context.
Also, I also want to clarify that there never was was nothing physical, no lewd pictures or words that were ever exchanged. I think I deleted the person’s number soon thereafter and we haven’t been in touch for years.
We do feel certain things sometimes, and I did too. I found this person special, and different from all others I had met. I shouldn’t have, and maybe I shouldn’t have shared it with that person in a private conversation either.
Once again, I am sorry to the person concerned, and of course most of all to Anusha. I hope you can forgive me.
For everyone’s information, am running this response past Anusha first, to ensure she is okay with it.
Check out his Facebook post:
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