Chetan Bhagat (b. 1974) grew up in Delhi most of his life and attended The Army Public School. He graduated from IIT Delhi in Mechanical Engineering and did his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
After that he has been working in an investment bank in Hong Kong for several years.
His first novel Five Point Someone relives his own days in IIT through the light-hearted story of three IITians who do not live up to others’ academic expectations. The book, with its humorous narrative and contemporary Indian student argot, achieved a sort of cult popularity and has topped national bestseller lists.
Chetan Bhagat won the Society Young Achiever’s award in 2004 and the Publisher’s recognition award in 2005. Two of his novels have been made into Bollywood films.
- Five Point Someone
- One Night @ the Call Center
- The 3 Mistakes of My Life
- 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
Five Point Someone or, what not to do at IIT (the second phrase added to the title perhaps to lend more clarity as to the theme) is the story of three friends Hari, Alok and Ryan who find themselves in IIT Delhi. The IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) is the country’s premier engineering college and a graduate from IIT is by and large expected to be super-intelligent and academically par excellence.
The three friends come together because they realise they cannot fulfil everybody’s unrealistic expectations, and hence settle on a plan to enjoy life as it comes. They will not be deterred by being looked down upon as five point someones—the terminology used to indicate poor academic performers (five point being the grade point average on a scale of ten).
The fastpaced story follows the lives of the three characters: Hari (the narrator) and his affair with a professor’s daughter, Alok and his family burdened by sorrows, and Ryan’s cool attitude.