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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Five Point Someone {What not to do at IIT}

Five Point Someone - What not to do at IIT! is the first (2004) novel written by Chetan Bhagat, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. It is one of the highest selling English novels published in India, and has remained on the bestseller list until 2007 since its release in 2004. It was adapted into a play by the theatre group Madras Players, and may be converted to a bollywood movie soon.

The novel is set in the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in the period 1991 to 1995. It is about the adventures of three mechanical engineering students (and friends), Hari Kumar (the narrator), Ryan Oberoi, and Alok Gupta, who fail to cope with the cruel grading system of the IITs and come to be known as five pointers due to their perennially low 5.something GPA's.

The book is narrated in the first person by Hari, with some small passages by his friends Ryan and Alok, as well as a letter by Hari's girlfriend Neha Cherian. It deals with the lives of the three friends whose elation on making it to one of the best engineering colleges in India is quickly deflated by the rigor and monotony of academic work. Most of the book deals with the numerous attempts by the trio to cope with and/or beat the system as well as Hari's fling with Neha who just happens to be the daughter of Prof. Cherian, the sadistic head of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

While the tone of the novel is humorous, it takes some dark turns every now and then, especially when it comes to the families of the main characters. Most of the action, however, takes place inside the campus as the boys, led by the ever creative Ryan, frequently lament how the internationally lauded IIT system has stifled their creativity by forcing them to value grades more than anything else. Uninspiring teaching and numerous assignments adds to their woes although the boys do find a sympathizer in Prof. Veera, the new fluid mechanics professor.

It is rumored that a film will be made on it starring the superstar Shahrukh Khan and to be directed by Rajkumar Hirani, his third directorial venture after the Munnabhai series. He plans to make the film before the third installment of Munnabhai and hopes to start shooting by October 2007

The novel is filled with IIT lingo which is an important part of IIT life.

I FOUND THE BOOK AT http://www.download-bookz.blogspot.com/ BUT IT HAS 16 CHAPTERS ONLY, REST WILL COME SOON BUT DONT KNOW HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE.

DOWMLOAD THE BOOK FROM:
http://www.download-bookz.blogspot.com/
Posted by Bookworm at 11:43 AM |

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