Have finished both of Chetan Bhagat’s books – the hugely popular ‘Five point someone’, and the heavily trashed ‘One night at the Call center’, and that doesnt mean i can write book reviews..:) because like i have repeatedy said, i am really bad at them, but that doesnt stop me from commenting on books anyway…
I happened to read ONATCC first, and i felt it was a fairly good book.. i doubt if it is meant to provoke a deep analysis of self and the cosmos.. but it does give a peek into the working of the industry that employs a large percentage of today’s youth, and the lives of these guys..its a racy book and more importantly excellent value for money.. to all the literary critics, i would say that we sit and laugh at the ‘No Entry’s and the ‘Meet the Parents’ fully understanding that theres hardly any cinematic value to it.. in the nation’s lingo its called timepass, and theres no harm if an author caters to that need at all.. and so, in essence, the book wont change your life, unless you took a day off from work to read it or something…
Five point someone also has a good pace, and while there are occasions which are too ‘filmi’ (like x thing happening to the exact x person at exact x time, which is too convenient for random coincidence), it is still a good read…i think the difference between the two books is that while FPS is a first person experience (for mr.bhagat), ONATCC is perhaps in a setting about which he only has another person’s view of…and while the prologue in ONATCC says that the book is written primarily to accomodate the larger sections of youth untouched by the IIT (which is the setting in FPS), i feel that FPS also applies to most of the residential colleges because all have grading systems, weird profs, love lives, canteens, and stereotype characters.. i think that made the book successful, because most of everyone could identify it with the (arguably) golden era of their lives – college days..So, point being, i am really bad at reviews, but you should read the books :)
until next time, we pass time, and time passes us :)