If you are an IITian, you will probably relate very well to this light-hearted narrative about the life of three average guys at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. If you are not an IITian, you will still enjoy this book like I did .Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT may be about life in IIT, but the characters are as interesting as in any other book and are very un-IIT like (That says a lot). According to the author, Chetan Bhagat, this book is not about how to get into IIT or what to do once you are in, but what not to do there.
The autobiographical account lends itself to fine character development. The book is fast paced and has very funny conversational style plus lingo typical to those who come from the institution. A little eccentric (little may be the understatement of the year), IITians may be, but they are considered to be one of the most elite groups in the world. Wouldn’t say that about the three guys in Five Point Someone who manage to scrape through IIT,not without a few hair-raising incidents here and there. I would definitely give this book more than a five point something on a ten-point scale.
This book featuring Hari, Ryan and Alok, is a smashing hit. The three meet at the premier engineering institute of India when they were dragged out of there beds at midnight with drowsy eyes by the seniors for a ragging session. This ragging session was the stepping stone of their friendship. They take every major and minor jolt of life together.
Challenging the well established norms of the Indian educational system he argues that just books and their company don’t really make a good student. The sub-title reads what not to do at IIT, but the main point of attraction is that if Bhagat doesn’t want people to do this, why he took the pain to write this 300 odd pages. As my conscience allows me to establish, he just wants to show how boring the college life can be if one doesn’t venture to add colours to it.
Then of course there are elements which I don’t buy much such as - bedding with the daughter of head of the institution and attending viva after a shot of vodka, but I believe it’s ok as we don’t mind item numbers in the mainstream cinema.
There are people who may hate this book and there are others who are going to be left bewildered and sorry. They will be left with a thought that there was a much colourful life outside waiting to embrace me and to kiss me when I was in the black and white company of books. Well it’s upon the personal perspective of the reader, which side influences him. But one thing is for sure that one you read one page, you will lose count of time and won’t leave the book before you read the last word.