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Book: Five point someone

July 21, 2005

The first time I heard about this book was from Jo. She said its a very good book. Its written by a IIT guy. It said ‘What not to do at IIT’. I’ve asked Jo to get me the book, but meanwhile, iView team presented it as a parting gift to me. I was getting bored at my new desk waiting for a PC to arrive and so started reading this. Only then I knew its not about the author’s life in IIT, rather its a novel 🙂 I started it yesterday around 2.30 PM and before I left the office by 7, I’ve almost completed it. The flow was so perfect and you would get immersed into it once you start it.

This is all about life of 3 guys at IIT. Alok, Ryan and Hari. The whole book is written in first person in the view of Hari. Half of the book is very fast moving and the rest is comparatively little slow.

The novel starts on the first day at IIT and ends at the last day of their course. All thru the course, these guys get a GPA as 5.* out of 10, while the toppers get 9.*. And that’s why the name of the novel is “5 point someone”. Each of them are different type of characters. Ryan, the smart & cute guy, comes from a rich background; has no responsibilities and never worries about anything, including writing back to his parents abroad. Alok is just opposite background. He comes a from a poor family; cares about his family and has a responsibility of his sister’s marriage & dad’s medical bill. Our man Hari is just in the middle of them. All he needs is a good grade in exams to get introduced to one of his Prof as his daughter’s boy friend. Now with different backgrounds, different characters and different responsibilities how do they manage to get out of IIT and were their goals satisfied? That is the story line is all about.

When reaching the end, I was reading the convocation stuff, I thought it should have ended in a much more practical way, rather a little dramatic. I guess the author &// reviewers also felt like that and so he changed it as a dream of Hari and moved towards a bit more practical one. On the whole, the book is a very good read and worth of that 95 bucks you are going to pay.

Thinking on my college days, I’ve spent 6 long years in two PSGs. First 3 yrs with PSG CAS, where education & discipline is a very distant goal & you can virtually do anything you want. And the other 3 yrs at PSG Tech, where education & discipline is the primary goal. With completely different environments and people with completely different mind sets, the transition was little hard for me. But no matter whatever the environment was, I still my good friends from both institutions and definitely had fun and enjoyed both. May be one day I’ll write a book on “What not to do at PSGs”.

My rating would be a 5 point zero, in the scale of 1-5 🙂

Tolkappiyap poonga

January 28, 2004

I bought this book almost 3 months back and have not read it till now. Somehow the size of the book made me to keep it away and reduced its priority. Here and there read few malargal (that is how the items are named as) but didn’t have a attai-to-attai read. Finally while going for Arasu’s marriage in Coimbatore, I took it. (This time the luggage is less). Read most of it when I was @ home and thought I would complete the rest in the train journey and our man, Varda, took the book and couldn’t read it. Then yesterday I was off to office and so made this opportunity to completed it.

The book may not be worth of 500 bucks, but is quite good. He has taken a 100 sutras out of 1610 and explained them. Mostly every malar contains a small story with which the sutra is explained. The illustrations by Maniam Selvam perfects every malar. Each malar is given with a suitable introduction and a clean interpretation. May be if every Tamil teacher in schools were like Karunanithi no one could say ‘mella tamil ini saagum’.

Truth, love and little malice

November 19, 2003

At times, when I’m left with no work, the question of what to do really troubles me. Now I can realize how powerful Thomas Carlyle’s words are:

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom”

OK. So decided to blog something. After a looong thought I decided to blog about the book I’m currently reading. Its Kushwanth Singh’s autobiography “Truth, love and little malice”.

Going thru his autobiography, one thing strikes my mind. Starting from his childhood days in the pre-partitioned Punjab till date, he has witnessed the events and people who have shaped the nation. Let it be the freedom struggle or the partitioning or the wars or the post-independence progress – he has witnessed them. From Nehru to Menaha Gandhi, from Narashimma Rao to Sonia, he has personally known people. So eventually as I progress thru the book I could see that it was going thru the shaping (or the spoiling?) of the nation. Although his views on many things are biased, like his thoughts on Indira Gandhi & her actions, this book gives a great deal of ideas about the Indian history. Well, its not all about India, it about his personal life too – after all its his autobiography 🙂 Whether it be the growth and demise of his pet dog or be it his first sexual experience with a prostitute that lasted for less than a minute, he has crafted them in a very neat way. This fellow has gone many places and has served to many of the leading magazines in the country. His experiences with people and places are really good to read, mainly because of the way he has written.

Its surprising to know that he had initially thought that this book might be the last one he’ll write. When it was published and was ready to the market, Menaka Gandhi, his good old friend, filed a suit against this book for writing about how she was thrown away by Indira Gandhi after Sanjay’s death. Finally our man won the suit and the book got released, but then it was delayed by 6 years! Throwing away his guess that this might be his last book, he has written more books in those 6 years than in any other 6 years of his life!

Altogether this book is a nice read. I enjoyed reading it. Still yet to complete it. I guess mostly I’ll be finishing it in a week or two. Next book is already in the queue – its Karunanithi’s “Tholkappiyap Poonga”. Have already enjoyed the frangrance of few ‘malarkal’ from the ‘poonga’. You can expect another blog about it soon.