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Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT Paperback – January 1, 2011

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About the Author

Chetan Bhagat is an award-winning bestselling Indian author, speaker, and columnist.

Bhagat has also published other novels including 2 States, What Young India Wants, The 3 Mistakes Of My Life, Revolution 2020, and One Night @ The Call Center.

Born on 22nd April 1974, Bhagat attended IIT Delhi and later did his MBA from IIM. He started his career as an investment banker in Hong Kong but in 2009 left his lucrative job to devote his full time to writing. Besides writing novels, he also writes columns for leading English as well as Hindi newspapers like The Times Of India and Dainik Bhaskar. He was named among the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine. Today he is seen as a youth icon in India. Four of his movies have been adapted to movies. He was awarded Society Young Achiever s Award and Publisher s Recognition Award in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129104598
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129104595
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chetan Bhagat is the author of six blockbuster books. These include five novels--Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), the non-fiction title What Young India Wants (2012) and Half Girlfriend (2014). Chetan's books have remained bestsellers since their release. Four out his five novels have been already adapted into successful Bollywood films and the others are in process of being adapted as well. The New York Times called him the 'the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history'. Time magazine named him amongst the '100 most influential people in the world' and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world's '100 most creative people in business'. Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan. You can email him at info@chetanbhagat.com or fill in the Guestbook with your feedback. You can also follow him on twitter (@chetan_bhagat) or like his Facebook fanpage (https://www.facebook.com/chetanbhagat.fanpage).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RS on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book while in India and quickly realized that I couldn't put it down. It is the story of three friends who are at IIT Delhi...who are all below average (five point something on a 10-pt GPA scale). They quickly bond after getting hazed (called ragging) and embark on a series of adventures involving life around Delhi, girls, and how to beat the IIT system before it beats them. A great read even if you didn't go to IIT Delhi!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Righthalf on July 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
My first reservation when I picked up this book was whether the story and characters would be true to life on an IIT campus. My second reservation (having read a random page from the book) was whether I would be able to remain patient through the casual and colloquial writing style. The book well exceeded my expectations on both fronts. The characterization and writing style turned out to be strengths of the book.

What happens when you put together hundreds of completely different people who only have one thing in common - they have all mindlessly and goallessly topped their way through school to now live together away from their controlled environment for the first time. The sudden realization of mediocrity and the sudden freedom to choose how to live ones life brings out the best and worst in people. Reminiscing about life at IIT is most often about those stories about the bests and worsts of those people. This is one such story.

It is hard to guess if non-IITians would enjoy this book. Though, I can certainly say that all IIT undergrads who lived on campus would find it a thoroughly enjoyable read. The book is a shockingly honest narrative written by a guy with a unique sense of humor that I have come to associate with fellow IITians - cynical, crass, insensitive, asocial, lateral, imaginative, visual. Quick read. Funny plot. Very nostalgic. Can't wait to see the movie!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By #saveyourkid on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a little surprised by the harsh reviews that some people are giving this book. Granted its not exactly a masterpiece but I dont think that was ever the author's intent (if I may say so myself). Its meant to be taken lightly, a few laughs and a tickle here and there is all it warrants. I think its a fun ride and anyone who has ever been to college in India will somewhere identify with it. As far as it being on top of the bestsellers in India, well, mediocrity has never been deprived of the top shelf, be it books, movies, cricket or politics. Enjoy the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vinoth on October 2, 2008
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I started this novel in an evening after my work and just couldn't stop it until I completed! I like Chetan Bhagat's narration style...It was very fast paced, very simple-funny-down-to-earth conversations and the story was interesting...I had a very good time reading it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Srinivasa Datla on November 18, 2009
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I really enjoyed reading 5 point someone. It is not something about the IIT entrance exam or not some other personality development book. Read it just for the sake of pure fun of life on campus.

I would definitely recommend it all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abhinav Agarwal VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has acquired somewhat of a neo-cult following among some sections of the urban educated class in India, partly because this happens to be possibly the first work of fiction set in the campus setting of an IIT.

The book is fairly readable, owing partly to the fact that it is less than 300 pages long. Also the fact that it has a sprinkling of most ingredients one expects to find in a pulp-fiction thriller. For someone looking for an insight into the secret sauce of IITs and the amazing success that its students have chalked up over the decades, this is not the book. It will disappoint. The book however does, should, strike a chord with most students or near pre or post college years in India. The ending is a bit hokey, with Hari's dream downright melodramatic, as if the author realized he really did not have a proper ending to the book, and therefore had to resort to this stunt. Otherwise, you shall find a bit of everything in the novel - friendship, rivalry, intrigue, suspense, love, sex, proper Hindi movie style family melodrama, and most other ingredients that one would find in a Hindi potboiler.

If you read some of the reviews on Amazon.com you may feel the book is a lot worse than it is - and that is probably because people are either taking the book or themselves too seriously. And yes, the book does also take a dig at some of the bookworms, the "muggus" - which also may not sit too well with some "muggu" brethren. To be fair, these are also some of the same people who make it big in life, so to portray them as people-without-a-life is a tad unfair, bit that is a liberty the author takes - grant him that creative license.

In the end, take the book without any tags attached to it - read it in 3 hours or less and be done with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tap-Tap on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book that you read and forget about quickly. I cannot tell how accurately it portrays life in IITs, but it sounds convincing enough. It has an interesting story, but the writing is too simplistic, even amateurish. Often it reads like like it was written by a college student for a few of his friends to share a chuckle with. The characters aren't fully fleshed out, and it misses numerous opportunities to make good book out of it. As we say in India, it is nothing more than a 'timepass'.
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