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'Five Point Someone: What Not To Do At IIT' is a humorous and dark look at the education system in India. The plot revolves around three youngsters who become friends as they struggle to cope with the mind-numbing monotony of studying at one of India's premier engineering colleges. As they toil and plot to cope with the tough competition, will they get left out in the race to success?
In the novel, Chetan Bhagat strikes a chord in the hearts of millions of parents and students across the country with his description of the often senselessly tough and inevitably unimaginative academic life in the country.
The three protagonists in the novel – Hari, Ryan and Alok – enter the portals of the prestigious IIT. But their joy at beating the hordes of aspirants and ending up as the chosen few fades quickly as they realize that coping with the IITs is no easy task. The three of them struggle to cope not just with the difficult academic schedule, but also with difficult teachers like Professor Cherian, the head of their department.
Hari, the narrator of the story, falls in love with Prof Cherian's daughter, Neha, thus allowing Bhagat to introduce a romantic track into the storyline. Will the three friends survive their years in the ruthless world of IIT? Will they triumph against the system or will they succumb to failure? The book takes you on a hilarious but realistic journey as it unravels the travails of the three friends.
About The Author
Chetan Bhagat is a much sought after writer and motivational speaker. He writes several columns focusing on youth-related as well as social issues. He has made it to the Time list of '100 most Influential People in the World' and the '100 most Creative People in the World' list compiled by Fast Company, USA.
Other Popular Chetan Bhagat Books
All his books have made it to the best-seller lists. Chetan Bhagat writes in the way the common Indian speaks English and thus his readers identify strongly with his characters.
A student of the prestigious IIT and IIM, Chetan Bhagat was an investment banker in his earlier avatar. He was based in Hong Kong when he began work on Five Point Someone, his debut novel. He quit his job to concentrate full time on his writing and has re-located to Mumbai.
|Publisher||Rupa & Company|
|Number of Pages||267 Pages|
I first read it a good six years ago and had loved it. I still like it. It is no literary masterpiece and it would be wrong to compare it with one. It is a dime novel and a good one. It offers a good, quick read - it is a page turner and keeps you hooked till the end. Good pieces of literature linger with you even when you have read the last word. This is not one of them. It does not leave any lingering impressions. You do feel a little good and warm when you reach the end.
If you have to while away an afternoon or have a long commute or have to pass a long night or if you have watched the movie pick up this book - it won't disappoint; just don't expect to gain anything from it.
This is the best piece by Mr. C and his writing has gone positively downhill with each subsequent work. If you do like it and decide on getting other of his novels I'd advice that you buy One Night @ Call Centre and then banish all thoughts of purchasing the rest.
I started reading this book at 10 PM...finished at 6 in morning...enjoyed a lot...Chetan's one of the best.
I recommend everyone to read it...don't go by critics review..some people have habit of always criticizing the things...look at the majority...
Can I rate it lower than a star? Five Point One suffers from an identity crisis of sorts- Chetan Bhagat needs to figure out whether he's writing a so called mature book for 10 year olds or manure for adults. The book suffers from weak grammar and a non existent plot. The characters are as thin as a sheet of paper and there is nothing unpredictable. This is not the book that made the movie '3 Idiots'. This is just trash which is not expected from someone who's supposed to be an IIT gradate. The pathetically written romance and lack of substance are equally bad. If you are a sex hungry 15 year old with dung for brains, this is right up your alley. For others, please do not let Mr. Bhagat insult your intelligence. On an afterthought, the only readable thing present in the book was the social issue it raised. Kudos for that. Still, the poor writing dragged it down. Better luck next time, sir.
Absolutely the top of the shelf. 3 Idiots, the movie based on the book, despite all the money it made, was not a patch on the book. Sincere, honest, witty and poignant at the same time, the boo will assure Chetan Bhagat a place in Indian literary history.
read it if you have not done so already.
You have all the ingredients in here to make even the lamest reality show look like blockbusters. The author starts-off by admitting he lacks the grasp of the basic english language, and with his sloppy langugage and poor, 5th-standard-fail grammer it certainly shows. He might have as well admitted that he was undergoing a lobotomy being performed by a quack while writing this book; because short of that no one can believe this was written by person who has passed Class X. It is so replete with mistakes (and sheer stupidity) that one can barely finish a quarter of the book.
A non-existent plot, cheap and superficial characters, no conceivable common thread (except that the word IIT comes up every now and then). This book is a scathing indictment of his so-called education, and we can only hope, that this is not reflective of the rest of the IITians.
If you get a choice between slow, painful death and this book, choose the former; at least your time will be well spent. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS.
This is a great book for IITans.THe book has a message on it's own while 3 idiots is better than the book.Things that Raj Kumar...Read More
Its amazingly superb...reminded me of my golden engineering days..what days were those...simply loved it. What a amazing descri...Read More
I ask myself:
1. Why did I pick this book?
2. Why did I paid for it?
3. Why did I read it?
The three mi...
One of the best book that i have came across.
One of the best books that i have come across in non fiction !! Tru...