Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Five Point Someone

The whole world is talking about this book right now and I just HAD to read it.. well, atleast the part of the world I belong to. Five Point Someone is written by Chetan Bhagat and it has suddenly become a raging bestseller in India.
Five point someone deals with the typical college life of students in IIT in India. For those who are not aware, the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) are the best colleges for Engineering in India. Anyways, the simple style of writing appealed to the masses. In addition to that, the description of events that define the lives of regular college students in India made it an instant bestseller. Guys who never touched books in their lives are suddenly walking around with a copy of Five Point Someone and discussing the style of writing, etc etc.
I enjoyed reading Five Point someone. It was definitely amateurish and way too "simple" for my liking but it was enjoyable nevertheless. I am curious to see if he would ever write again and if he does, what would he write about?? yet another phase of his own life??

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Calcutta Chromosome

I expected too much before i started this book and I was totally disappointed. I had heard a lot about Amitav Ghosh and the Calcutta Chromosome and i really looked forward to reading it. But I just couldn't get into it. The book jumps between the US and India and also between the Past and the future and all that i got out of it was a jumbled mess! I am being totally honest here.
I couldn't grasp the story line. I thought the whole "futuristic" scenario was a little too vague. Some ideas were way ahead of technology hinting at many many years down the line whereas some others were so un-researched coz they were outdated even before i got to reading the book!
Well, i didn't really get a good grasp of the book.. but here's what i think it was about. The book begins with a description of Antar's life in future New York - a dark and dreary place to be in with almost no human interaction.. anyways, antar has a really cool computer Ava but he has a rather mundane job. 
One day while working, Antar comes across the ID of murugan who has mysteriously dissapeared. Antar, however, had met him before he dissapeared. Antar tries to find out what happened to Murugran and this where things started to get extremely confusing for me. I realized that there were multiple time lines in the story but it confused me totally.
Anyways, I am not going to write further about this book. Maybe, i'll try to read it again sometime later and see if i still feel the same way about it.
have you read this book? did you happen to like it? do tell me your opinion!