Teenage Wasteland

Graduates from India's prestigious technology universities get good jobs, make great money and are eagerly sought-after marriage partners. But according to Chetan Bhagat's charming debut novel Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT, they end up in a Faustian bargain: students at the seven India Institutes of Technology sacrifice their youth for the sake of a successful adulthood.

Five Point Someone tells the story of three IIT students who refuse to make that trade-off, choosing instead to study less and play more. Hari, Alok and Ryan sleep, stumble and cheat their way through Manufacturing Processes and...

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