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


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129104598
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129104595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chetan Bhagat is the auhtor of 3 blockbuster novels, Five point someone [2004], One night at the call centre [2005], and The mistake of my life [2008]. All three books have remained best sellers, and have inspired major Bollywood films. The New york Times called the author the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history.

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A book which can be enjoyed while reading.
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My friend gave me this book to read and I could not put it down before finishing it.
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A weak plot, insipid style and non-existent depth.
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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 Kashyap Deorah 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: Paperback
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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vinoth on October 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book on my summer trip to India after reading all the hoopla it created there. Boy, was I disappointed! The story has so much potential and is clearly worth telling, but the execution...is miserable! Its success in India is just a celebration of mediocrity. The writing is so bad that it actually irritates. There are virtually NO descriptions to stimulate imagination and the book CRIES out for an editor! Take this literary gem "now i am no Einstein, or something"...and you wonder how such utter butchery of the English language made it past an editor's pen. I understand that it is supposed to reflect the colloquialisms of "Hinglish" and to tolerate that for dialogues is fine... but when used in descriptions by the author, it stinks of banality. There is no character development, no one to empathize with, and stereotypes rule. I read somewhere that he spent 3 or 4 days trying to write the lovemaking scene between Neha and Hari... and when i read the single sentence Mr Bhagat uses to describe it, i was convinced that he must have taken 12 years to write the book if a single sentence of such mediocrity took 3 days to write.

That he is an IITan, doesn't speak well for the IITs. In fact, judging by his language, his Five point grade in IIT is probably a stellar performance. On the other hand, the IITs don't teach creative writing!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Prashant Rao on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well, the writer had potential, but alas, this book is as mediocre are it gets. The particularly harsh rating is, because, the book has a very good premise and the writer has potential. But i guess the market forces combined to give this utterly dismiss-able book.

Surprisingly,this book has been on the best seller list in India for over 2 years now and the writers new book on Call centers in India, is supposed to be the next best seller.

Well, if the writer tried to be more than superficially smart and thought through some issues, spend time to chart the character development of his protagonists, and rise above displaying the quirky exoticness of "Hinglish", then maybe he would have delivered a satisfying read. But this is just a LAME attempt
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tap-Tap on April 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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