Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Five Point Someone

It’s so difficult to put down this kind of book which u can so much relate to! And Five Point Someone is one such book.

The author Chetan Bhagat tells us story of 3 frens with different background coming together at the most coveted engg college of India after clearing one of the toughest entrance exam of its kind. But soon they get frustrated with pressures of assignments & unfair grading system which they think only promotes mugging rather than original thinking. But still these guys with their 5.0+ GPA sail together as frens with ups & downs of college life.
So why did this book appealed so much to me?
No , no I am not an IITian !
Nor I have been traumatized by our professors in a series of unending quizzes and assignments! :)
But then dissimilarity ends here!
Like the three heroes of the novel Ryan, Hari & Alok , I found my best friends in those 4 years of hostel life!
Like true mechanical engineers, we always have to rely on outside sources (read other deptt, campus) to look for a GF like the main protagonist Hari. The only cliché was that Hari went for his HOD’s daughter as her GF.....ha ha a thing which we could have never thought of even in our dreams.

There were so many other things which I fondly remember after reading the novel, whether it was ragging as freshers , or bunking our classes, or eating at roadside dhaba after hard days work or discussing about the nitty gritty of female mind :) :). The pictures of all these came vividly in mind as I flipped through the pages of novel.

Its 270 pages are not only a nostalgic journey of the time we spent at our alma mater but the way Chetan has written it, its just pure fun to go through! Chetan knows the art of story telling & it’s no surprise at all that it has become nation's bestseller.


Price (India): Hardcover Rs 295, Paperback Rs 95

Pages: 270
Publisher: Rupa & Co.
About the Cover:

The three gears represent Hari, Alok and Ryan, while the flower represents Neha. These engineering and human elements are shown to co-exist in harmony. Also, gears need to mesh together to work, representing Hari, Alok and Ryan's friendship.
The white colour of the cover represents simplicity, as seen in the writing style of the book. The definition of friendship spread all over reinforces the theme of the book.

20 comments:

Keshi said...

Sounds like a beautiful read down the memory lane Manish :)

Keshi.

PuNeEt said...

well well well...
lot many reviews here...

sounds great...
bt mez not gonna spend 270 bucks
;-)
will get it at 80-100 bucks at the streets of Mbai ;-) lolzzz
or even lesser

thanks dude

Manish said...

absolutely Keshi

Puneet Hey its dam cheap even at firsthand Rs 95 bucks....paperback edition why u want to go for the hard thing :):)

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi! I've read this book, and I loved it too! I really liked the way you interpreted the book cover. I'd never even paid much attention to the three gears!
BTW, in case you don't know, Chetan Bhagat has come out with a new book now entitled, "One night at the call centre" or some such title, am not too sure.

Dawn....सेहर said...

wow...I must find time to read this one..:) seems interesting...
thnx buddy...you know what...you are such a sweet heart...you read and share and that really helps us to make up mind rather to another search on it :)

Thanks so much my dear friend :)

cheers

Manish said...

PR yeah PR I have seen that book though not purchased it yet!From reviews it seems that it will be also a nice read ...


DON Shukriya DOST:)

Manish said...

One thing I forgot to tell u PR the analysis about cover is not mine! I have taken it from author's website!:)

Medha said...

hey manish...gr8 blog...i can relate soo well wid it!!
and yes i have read da book...its too funny...love the wat chetan writes...
btw...his new book...abt tat call centre...still gotto read tat one...
neways...
if u like this one...try reading a book by anurag mathur...
they r tat types...
and umm...u into music too...
cool...see...i said i cud relate wid da blog...hehe
by da way...thanx for appretiating my poem...though its bad wen it cums to ur writing...neways...
gr stuff out here...
will visit it more often...

Phoenix Rises said...

Arre! And here I was thinking how deeply you go into a book! :(
Hehe! Just kidding! :D

Manish said...

Hi Medha
welcome welcome!
Nice to know that u liked the book.
I have read first 50 pages or so of Anurag Mathur's book. It was hilarious to start with but I lost interest midway though.

Music & urdu poetry are my fav interests & i have a seperate blog dedicated to it. Thx for dropping in . Hope to see u again!

Manish said...

Arre! And here I was thinking how deeply you go into a book

hee hee :)
chalo ji kuch der ke liye hi sahi PR pe achcha impression to pada!

MS said...

Hi Manish,

First time on your blog...Felt gr8 to be here...n especially your other blog 'Ek shaam mere naam' - that was juz 2 good buddy... First time I saw such a good blog, completely in Hindi... language jo ki dekh kar aur padh kar bahut khushi hui (school ke baad to na jaane hindi maano bhul hi gaye hon!!)
Especially delved in to your earlier posts there - the one on your countdown collection and the one on Phir Milenge - Jus too good mate...I am personally a fan of those set of songs from that movie...

As for the book, FPS, yeah itz a very good one, but have only started with it off late....

Neways...Gr8 going..Keep it rolling mate!!

Cheers!!
MS.

Manish said...

Hi MS
Thanx dear! I was so happy to read ur comments. Not because the words of praise for my Roman Hindi blog but ur appreciation for the songs of Phir Milenge & the way I felt about those song. It is so nice to find someone who feels in same way about the songs which are so close to my heart too.
Hope to see u again MS!

Gumnaaaam said...

Ahaa...i started a book just a few days bk n read ur post knw..grrr..

Book review looks interesting..specially these lines.."soon they get frustrated with pressures of assignments "

U knw y ..Hahahaha :D

Anyways..i think i must quote this quote here...
"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing." ;)

Manish said...

Nice quote ZA ! Thx for visiting.

bl@her said...

read your review of the book, and was reflecting on what one of my friends had said, "it is an Indian English guy-book after such a long time... so they have to be given the space to celebrate it..."

Ramesh said...

my friends are waiting for your nest vonel eagarly.both the novel we have read . they r so fantastic that we can't express it in words.

Anonymous said...

Dear friend,

If you have this ebook please send to me karuppupaiyan@gmail.com.

Thanks.

Anu said...

By chance do you have the soft copy of this book?

Manish said...

Anu ,Deepak Sorry friends I don't have e-book for this Title.