For a long time, this book Five Point Someone was never on my ‘to be read’ list. But last week at Crossword, don’t know why I picked it up and started reading. I was very skeptical when I started reading this and carried the same impression through the first few pages. But as I read it further, I found it interesting. Though the author has written it from the point of view of underperformers at IIT, there are other facets of student life that come across.
Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
There are a lot of people and incidents that you can connect with. Especially if you have lived in a hostel and that to through a high-pressure course. It portrays a good picture of the way students in hostels learn to deal with the outside world. Learn to build their own relationships. And learn to live with what they have and what they do not have. How the roadside paranthas, something that you get outside almost all hostels in North India, are the most cherished thing to have.
How is ice cream a weakness, with your love interest, can mean so much to you? And how you end up coming up with crazy ideas to deal with what you feel at that point in time ‘emergencies’ or ‘do or die’ situations. How it’s only during those student days could you have actually gone ahead and implemented those ideas.
How you learn to deal with the never-ending classes, by dividing the courses and assignments amongst yourselves, to ensure you get some time to enjoy your student life.
Nice weaving of relationships of three protagonists in the book. And their relationship with everyone else in their environment, in college, with their families, and amongst themselves.
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What Not to Do at IIT is a 2004 novel written by Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The book is a coming-of-age story about three friends, Hari, Ryan, and Alok, who are struggling to cope with the pressures of life at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). It explores the themes of friendship, love, loss, and the importance of following your dreams.
The book begins with Hari, Ryan, and Alok failing their first class quiz. This sets the tone for the rest of the book, as the three friends struggle to keep up with the demanding academic workload at IIT. They also face challenges in their personal lives, as they deal with issues such as parental pressure, romantic relationships, and financial hardship.
Despite the challenges they face, Hari, Ryan, and Alok eventually find their way. They learn to balance their studies with their social lives, and they find their true calling in life. The book ends with the three friends graduating from IIT and moving on to successful careers.
Five Point Someone is a humorous and heartwarming novel that offers a realistic portrayal of life at IIT. The book is also a valuable lesson in the importance of following your dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.
Ideas from the book
- Importance of friendship and support during difficult times.
- The need to balance your studies with your social life.
- The importance of following your dreams, even if they seem impossible.
- Power of love and laughter to help you through tough times.
Five Point Someone is a well-written and engaging novel that is sure to stay with you long after you finish reading it. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian culture, coming-of-age stories, or the power of friendship.
The book was adapted into a Bollywood film in 2009, titled 3 Idiots. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to introduce Chetan Bhagat’s work to a wider audience.