Yes, he got India reading. And lots of Indians writing and publishing houses brimming in Dharavi! Personally, I have nothing against the style of the guy, it rather being real trash. There is no growth of writing prowess since his first book;seems rather interested in the movie adaptation of the book and I dont think thats why books should be written. The story is very predictable, few flavours taken out the 'Chanakya Chant' and B grade movies. The recommendations in the foreword are as plain as the book itself and Mr Bhagat seems to have rushed through the book. His previous book was witty and by the heart. This unfortunately is depressing and mostly 'loserly' - a term Mr Bhagat seems to use very often in the book. And for once, dear Mr Bhagat, we would love references outside IIM and IIT. There is a world beyond those institutions and Im hoping you grow out of it. Just to add, I couldnt put myself through the entire book! I rather not rate it!
Not very often do you come across a book, so enigmatic that it makes the other work of art fade into the hindsight. I am yet to read something as immaculate as The Fountainhead. I am yet to see a character as heartbreakingly honest as Howard Roark. I salute the lady who thought light years ahead of her time. A book that changed the world for the better. A world wherein people of fibre still exist!!
Its clever and deeply entertaining...I did not read Freakonomics and now intend to do so. Finished a major chunk of it on a 3 hr flight...that's how engrossing it is!
Deep dunk into it if you have a four hour slot at hand, take it on with each chapter. Either way, it will open a different dimension of how certain things effect the other.
Its a loss for most of JD Salinger's work couldnt get published - for someone elsewhere thought he was a 'direct' revolutionary writer. But like most art forms, only if he has got print freedom!! Priceless, for it just refines your taste in good books. Go for it, people!