Friday, October 2, 2009

Five Point Someone (What not to do at IIT)


Though I didn’t write for a month, I’d a chance to read two novels; both are penned by IItens; Both have loads of humor and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novels.

The first one is,
FIVE POINT SOMEONE
Author :Chetan Bhagat
Genre(s):Fiction

Plot:
Five Point Soemone is a story about three guys in IIT, Delhi, the 'fun' they had during their fours years together and how they almost screw-up their degrees in the process.

It begins with a guy (near death) is being rushed to a hospital and then flashback. The author, Chetan Bhagat, takes you through the four years of the three guys, Alok, Ryan and Hari (supposedly the author himself) starting off with a ragging episode.

Ryan saves the other two from some vulgar ragging and their friendship is sealed. Ryan is rich, smart and handsome guy who apparently has 'everything going for him', while Alok is is poor, intelligent, fat and (almost) ugly guy who has 'all the problems in the world'. And Hari is somehwere in between.

In the first semester itself they score a five point something score in their exams and that is how they come to be known for the rest of their stay, 'five point somethings'.

Ryan is irritated with the ' Grading System' because it does not allow one any freedom to innovate things, but rather produces human machines. He proposes that the three friends have all the fun they can have as 'these are the days to do it' and so between movies, food, chess, porn and vodka they spoil their studies. They never rise above their five point something.

In the meanwhile Hari falls for the daughter of their HoD. To impress her dad,he wants to score an 'A' for his course. And the easiest way to do,it is steal the paper! (Ryan's idea) So Hari goes to the professor's house to meet the daughter and with no one at home they end up in issues - get caught and expelled for a term.

Having 'screwed up' their degrees and chances at a decent job, they come to their senses and work hard on a project........................ the story goes.

What I say...
The title ‘Five Point Someone’ indicates the relative grading system in IITs. Five pointers are the worst performers in the class and are generally ignored by all the professors. The incidents, the characters, the plot everything is described very well. The book explains ‘What not to do at IIT’. Ironically you will find those ‘not to do’ things interesting :-D.

The narrative which is very humorous, witty & hilarious; provides light reading. But sometimes got irritated by the lengthy scences and wondered whether humor is a bit over done, especially when there are situations that call for atleast a grain of seriousness.

Maybe thatsy it is regarded as a book version of “Dil Chahta hai”.. Overall , I'd say it as Pretty Good but Not Excellent

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4 Comments to "Five Point Someone (What not to do at IIT)"

Anonymous said...

Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!

Pon said...

Hey, thanks for the compliment.

Pls do read all upcoming posts and give your valuable comments.

Rahul said...

This is the best book to start with if you are a beginner.The narration is simple but very well executed.208 pages of pure fun.The story is grippy and keeps you at toes till the very end.Go Grab this one !!!

Rahul said...

Well this is not a Guy de Maupasant..be it the story or the plot. The English usage is not that great either.
But then this a read for the masses.
A selective mass of people at that. I do not think any person who is NOT an engineer will be able to connect with this story. Its more of a story by your fellow senior..being heard over coffee at his house. Its great. Its fun. Its quite realistic. Surely upholds the plight, situation and lives of engineering students. Great read if you have a broad mentality as to what to expect from this story.