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Book Review


Rajat Beriwal

the book
  • The national bestseller
  • Soon to be a major film by director
  • Ritesh Sinha
  • The disclaimer,

"This is not a book to teach you how to get into

IIT or even how to live in college. In fact, it describes

how screwed up things can get if you don't think


about the author

Chetan Bhagat


Graduated from IIT Delhi in 1995.At IIT he had his stint as the editor of the hostel magazine. MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad in 1997. Received a medal for the 'best outgoing student award'. At present in Hong Kong with a prominent US investment bank for the past six years.Apart from writing, the author has a keen interest in Yoga.


The three gears :Hari, Alok and RyanThe flower : Neha These engineering and human elements are shown to co-exist in harmonyThe white colour of the cover represents simplicityThe definition of friendship spread all over reinforces the theme of the book.

in short
In Short …
  • Three hostelmates at IIT Delhi – Hari, Alok and Ryan
  • Bad start – spoil the first class quiz of ApMech
  • Late realization: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you.
  • Five-point-something GPA out of ten- a tattoo that remain with them
  • And comes in the way of their friendship, future, and love life.
  • The world expects IITians to conquer the world, the guys are struggling to survive.
the characters
  • Hari
  • Ryan
  • Alok
  • Neha
  • Prof Cherian
  • Samir Cherian
  • Prof Veera
  • Alok’s mother
  • Venkat

“ ……..if Alok makes it through this, I will write a book about our crazy days. I really will,” I swore.

It is the kind of absurd promise that you make to yourself when you are seriously messed up in the head and you haven’t slept for fifty hours straight…….”

the story proceeds
The story proceeds..
  • Their first meeting – Ragging
  • The first class- Manpro
      • Course outlines
      • Distribution of marks
      • Prof Dubey’s reaction : the falling standards
      • Ryan’s objection: gym machine
      • Assignments and surprise quizzes
  • Hari’s jogging and meeting with Neha
classes get worse
Classes get worse…
  • Professors keep the pressure – students try harder to beat the average – thereby pushing it higher…
  • Ryan’s feels the system kills…
  • Sasi
  • Drawing the line
  • Exam time at the hostels
  • Results , Alok leaves…
At the insti roof…
  • Vodka, Floyd and Grass…
  • Alok returns…
  • Celebration… criteria of inviting people
  • Mice theory
  • C2D theory
  • Ryan’s lube project
Rotis at the mess – could make your jeans from it
  • Continental on Thursdays
  • Practicals and Vivas
  • Breaking in Prof. Cherian’s house ( the den of beauty and the beast)
  • Neha, the queen of contradictions…
  • Prof. Cherian’s class - assemly line example
Samir’s death
  • Indem viva
  • Hari’s tension…
  • Ryan’s plan
  • Operation Pendulum
  • Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody but a five-point-someone?
the moral
The moral…

Think Stright and never stop making friends !!!!!!

time to discuss
Time to discuss …….
  • Ragging
  • Low GPA’s
  • The system
  • Sharing of assignments : C2D theory
  • Conformance to standards set by professors
  • Students like Venkat
time to discuss1
Time to discuss …….
  • Is Neha justified ?
  • Alok’s criteria of a job
  • What they want in life ?
  • Alok’s mother
  • Alok’s sister’s marriage
  • Ill-effects of friendship
relationship with parents
Relationship with parents
  • Hari
  • Neha
  • Samir
  • Ryan
  • Alok