Book Review: Five Point Someone

Title: Five Point Someone
Type: Fiction
Author: Chetan Bhagat

This is a book based on life at IIT. It revolves around three guys who meet at IIT and become great friends through their four years at IIT. They end up as “bottomers” (based on grades) and hence the name “Five point someone” (five point referring to their GPA).

The book is a very easy read, and perfect for a long plane ride. The author has a very casual writing style. He does a wonderful job of story-telling. There are a few filmy sections (like the dream about Prof. Cherian’s speech) but overall a very enjoyable book with plenty of humor.

If you went to IIT then there is no question this book will bring back memories and is one that you can certainly relate to. Even otherwise I think this is a worthwhile read.

I noticed that the book cost Rs. 95 while most other books by Indian authors sold for over Rs. 200. Wonder why?

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2 Responses to Book Review: Five Point Someone

  1. Anonymous says:

    The 95/- is due to it being published by Rupa, rather than the Prentice Halls or others…

    I bought the same book when I was in India recently. I had grand plans of catching up on reading while on vacation. The wife and kids (or to be precise, their health) took care of that idea…:-)

    On a related note, i’m impressed with how much people in India read even non mainstream books. A lot of people were buying the latest books (fiction and non-fiction) even in Vizag. Very impressed. Bodes well.


  2. Pran Kurup says:

    I saw other books from Rupa, al over Rs. 200.

    mmmhh…good to know about the reading trends in India. Maybe its time to write one 🙂

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