𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞
𝐁𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐭
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐑𝐮𝐩𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 . 𝟐𝟕𝟎
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟒
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 : 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟖
Picked it up out of curiosity, as I was a B.Tech student ( read the book in 2008), eager to learn how IIT Delhi was similar/different from my college.
"Five Point Someone" is a story of three friends and their journey of 4 years in IIT . The IIT (Indian Institute Of Technology) are the most prestigious institutes for engineering.
The novel has been written from the point of view of the narrator called hari. Hari is an out of shape , short and confused guy who makes it into IIT. He is fascinated by his friend Ryan who is carefree , confident , smart with athlete structure.
Ryan is the leader of his group of three. He is creative with new ideas , has ranked 91st in entrance tests and loves engineering but hates the system. The system which does not encourage original ideas , believes in making engineers who have mugged up theoretical aspects and rates students not on basis of how they think but how much grades they get.
This group of three include ALOK. ALOK is poor , has a paralytic dad , elder sister who has reached age to get married and mother who is the only breadwinner in the house.
Novel begins with a ragging episode where athletic Ryan comes to the rescue of Hari and Alok . This event makes them friends with Ryan ,mostly taking decisions for the group. They end up messing up with their grades in the first semester .
Time flies and it is one semester away from campus.Poor grades might not land them a job . For Alok, a job is as important as oxygen and hari loves his girl . To make sure he is introduced by neha to her dad , he needs A in his subject.