- Paperback: 267 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publishers; 2nd ed. edition (January 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129135493
- ISBN-13: 978-8129135490
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Five Point Someone: What Not To Do at IIT 2nd ed. Edition
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About the Author
Chetan Bhagat is a famous contemporary Indian writer and novelist. Considered one of India's biggest English novelists, Chetan Bhagat is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The New York Times called him the biggest selling English language novelist in India s history . Three of his books have been adapted into Bollywood movies, two of which went on to become massive hit movies: 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che! Some of his other famous books are One Night at the Call Centre, 2 States, Revolution 2020, and The Three Mistakes of My Life.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
I would definitely recommend it all.
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.
Ryan I would say hero of the movie though "Hari" would normally be treated a hero in Indian movie context since he only had a female counterpart :).
What I refresh myself from the whole book is that education is not about mugging the entire library and puking the things in your exams as author says somewhere in the book too. It should be an enjoyable journey.
Thanks Chetan for such a nice book written in fantastic rhetoric conversational style. I surely recommend this book!