Chetan Bhagat (the author) in the house!

This day was same for DU (Delhi University or University of Delhi)-same corridors, same classes, same books, same syllabus, except for English literature students. A surprise was awaiting them in their classrooms. It was only 7 in the morning; there still were couple of hours for students to crash into their lecture halls.

Meanwhile, when the classrooms were vacant with no students in there, someone new made his entry into the room. As soon as that someone new entered in, murmurs started-“Who is this new fellow?”, “We never saw him before.”
All nervous and shy, that someone new found an empty desk in the corner and tried hard to not to get bothered with all those staring eyes on him.

Oliver Twist sitting right across the other end of the room along with Pride and Prejudice went to the new fellow.
“Hey! You seem new here. Is this your first day?”, asked Oliver Twist.
First the nervous smile and then a nod made it clear to Oliver Twist that the fellow was definitely new in there.
“So, what is your name?”
“I am Five point someone. Thanks for asking.”


“Humm! Interesting. Where are you from?”
“I too have a few friends from India. They are sitting right there.” Oliver Twist pointed to the backside of Five Point Someone ; there were two-Hungry Tide and The Interpreter of Maladies.

Only a minute must have passed when Animal Farm dragged Oliver Twist through his arm, giving a look of disgust to Five Point Someone.

“I just had a small conversation with Hungry Tide and learned that this funky new fellow is way beneath our level. And nobody out there is happy about him being here among the elite like us”, whispered Animal Farm to Oliver Twist. But the whispers didn’t help as Five Point Someone did hear about him being called as a low-level fellow.

“Come on! Don’t be so rude. Let us at least give him a chance. I have never heard of him”, replied Oliver Twist with concern in his voice.

Hungry Tide was in no mood to relent over the fact. His raised eyebrows implied how unreasonable he found Oliver Twist. “That is the point, sir. We never even heard of him. If he had some quality stuff we’d have at least heard of him. Even his own countrymen don’t know much about him.”

Five Point Someone knew how tough it was going to be to gel up with the elite but the situation was getting worse by every passing minute. Constant rubbing of hands and sweat tickling down the hairline were the signs of how uncomfortable the cold behavior around was making him.

The moment Five Point Someone decided to get out of the room he noticed Pride and Prejudice approaching him. Seeing such a beauty coming in the direction of his desk, he pushed his thought aside for a few moments. He closed his eyes lightly and took deep breaths to calm himself down. But when he opened his eyes, he realized the world was better when his eyes were closed. The beautiful lady was coming in his direction but wasn’t coming to him; she had stopped halfway to join Animal Farm and Oliver Twist.

“This is it!”, cried Five Point Someone. “What is the issue with you people? Why can’t I be accepted here?”

A crackle of laughter from Macbeth marked the response. Rest all of them gave a stern look to Five Point Someone as if it were not him but they who were being treated coldly.
“Don’t you really know why you are not being welcomed or as you said being accepted here?” asked someone among corps d’ elite.

“Yes. Please.” The delirious Five Point Someone said. But nobody answered. A minute passed and whispers were swapped with silence.
Five Point Someone continued. “I know I do not belong here. I probably will never belong to this place but my presence here is for other reasons. Has anybody of you even ever read me? How could you have read me if you never even heard of me! I might not hold the deep social issues like you.” He said pointing towards A Tale of Two Cities. “Or I might not have beautiful sentence structures and dialogues like you.” This time Pride and Prejudice was at the receiving end of his finger. “But why am I being judged on the basis of what I never intended to be?

“I never said that I hold the deep teachings or I am embellished with the poetic sentences or words. All I hold is a light subject line with the relatable characters carrying a story forward.”

“If you don’t claim to be of any value to literature then you aren’t supposed to be here”, came a voice from the far end of the room. Grapes of Wrath, who was observing the whole scene silently from his place wanted to know the relevance of the new fellow’s presence in their room.

“With due respect, I’d like to ask you a question”, replied Five Point Someone. “Have you ever read me?”

Everybody in the room nodded their head in negation.

“Then how can you be so sure that I am nothing but low-grade? That I don’t deserve to be here.” A reasonable question posed by Five Point Someone put everybody into thinking. “I know I am nothing near to the profoundness and beauty that you all hold but it is still I who gets place in most of the bookshelves of today’s young generation. They like reading me. I’m given to patients in hospitals, not any of you. You all need to know that you are heck of a pressure on the reader’s mind. Huff!”

“Only unreasonable minds must be going through you”, whispered Animal Farm in his breath.

“If the classics like you are being analyzed by the students then why not I? How can they compare or conclude what factors can demean or advance their work if they don’t get to go through the contemporaries as well? I’m not one of those not-worth-readings; I’m just different. I have a different purpose to serve.”

Pride and Prejudice thought of how rational Five Point Someone was being. How can students compare us with the contemporaries if they don’t get to analyze both the sections critically!

Nobody even realized but it was already ten minutes to nine. Everybody in the room got back to their places.

The moment clock struck nine, swarms of students started filling the vacant room and the new member, Five Point Someone , in the house surprised shocked them. Unaware of the just-ended sweltering argument in the room a student held Five point someone in his hand and exclaimed, “Who in the world included this kind of book in syllabus?!”

DISCLAIMER – Names of the books included in here are mixture of syllabus of DU’s MA and BA. As per my knowledge Bhagat’s Five Point Someone has been included only in the syllabus of BA’s second-year. For the detailed and factual data on the news have a look at this or this.

P.S. I am not much of a fan of Bhagat’s work. Neither am I too happy with his work’s inclusion in DU’s syllabus.


His books might not be adding any literary value but, as I have read his work during college time, they, at times, do end up feeling like stories, light stories. He writes for his audience who likes his writings stories; he doesn’t write for me. And if his work doesn’t go down well with me, nobody is at fault. I don’t like his book; I head towards the ones that I like. No big deal. Right?
If somebody likes his work, I don’t look at him or her with contempt (because I know of many who do.) Not everybody reads to explore literature or to feel the beauty of sentences and prose; many read only to lighten their mood and that is when contemporaries like him come into picture.

Do you like Bhagat’s books? How do you feel about his work being taught among other classics?


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15 Comments Add yours

  1. prashantt says:

    I like CB’s work except his recent book that will be very soon on silverscreen & yes, i also agree that the inclusion of his book in syllabus is worthless and a poor step of management but with this i do not wish to compare old classics with his books as he himself admitted many times that his style of writing is simple & it’s just for entertainment whereas Shakespeare’s work is & will remain gem on literature.
    Adding his work into syllabus is silly step for sure by management but criticising his work & achievements is not right as both the subjects have different aspects.

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      Hi Prashant!
      I don’t know how did this comment slipped off my notice. So my apologies for late response.
      Glad that people do understand the fact that expecting a kitten to roar like a lion is silliness not on the part of kitten but on ours. Including his work in curriculum, according to me, is not the dumbest decision that DU could ever make (trust me-humans are capable of committing dumber mistakes without even realizing); I think including his work in syllabus would help the students in critically analyzing the kind of work that today’s Indian youth has indulged itself into, and would further enlighten the same students to make their own call-whether they want to get into writing works like Bhagat or profound works like that of, say, Hosseini.
      Maybe, DU’s management could have considered some other contemporary author, but I’m pretty sure that that’d have also been an issue among people. 😀

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  2. shewrites170 says:

    Annoyed by the whole episode, Chetan bhagat left DU to join Amity. He now hangs out with I too had a love story and if it’s not forever, it’s not love. Life is what you make it and love@facebook are also pals. More than pals these are ardent followers of five point someone, earning their bread and butter being sold at traffic signals, train stations and many book stores. All of the them find comfort in the fact that they are easy to open and fast to shut just like the honey Singh rap keeping the youth busy.

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      This could have been an extended part of this post of mine.😄
      I have read all the authors you have mentioned, wasn’t impressed and thus shifted to the ones that I might enjoy and relish reading.☺️
      As far as DU’s new curriculum is concerned, only time will tell if it is going to benefit the students or will turn out to be a lesson for the university’s authority.

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      1. shewrites170 says:

        True that
        There was a time I used to read them but then they all felt same and boring and I shifted to real books
        But what I liked about them was a beginner won’t appreciate Khaled hosseini so these books act as starters and they solve their purpose right.

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        1. Idle Muser says:

          I remember the first book I read was-I too had a love story; this was when I was in school. I loved the book at that time because of the surprise factor and the emotional intensity it held. And of all the modern contemporaries it was the only book that I think I still would like if I re-read.
          I myself haven’t been through many contemporaries (may be 3 or 4) before jumping to Hosseini, and I cannot express how deeply his books did affect me. But as reading is highly subjective, I cannot generalize that books like that of Hosseini wouldn’t disappoint a starter.

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          1. shewrites170 says:

            I too read and liked I too had a love story and liked it. I was one year old in my career then. They are light and easy breezy not emotionally taxing are relatively shorter and yes every person’s reading experience varies.
            Have a great day ahead !!

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            1. Idle Muser says:

              ☺️You too, girl!

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  3. Uma Shankar Sharma, Jodhpur. says:

    Good Aditi
    Very good. You have a new perception to see the things.
    Keep it up.
    Sincere Blessings .

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      Thank you so much, sir.😇
      I am glad you liked it.🙂


  4. Alok Singhal says:

    I can’t imagine why would they induct his book into the syllabi…why not teach Gandhi ji’s principles instead?
    I have never read Mr Bhagat’s works though.

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      According to articles that I have gone through inclusion of a book like this would make students aware of the kind of contemporaries which are prevalent among Indian teens and youth.
      I don’t think of this step as the worst one as only when such books would be read and critically analyzed, only then can students realize what they should stay away from or keep close while working on their own writing projects.☺️
      I won’t urge you to go through his books, but if you really want to find for yourself that what didn’t (or did) work out for you, give it a shot.

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      1. Alok Singhal says:

        I agree with you, let students decide for themselves what they prefer to go with in future.

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  5. His works being taught as other classics! Bad step taken huh

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      His book would be taught under the modern contemporaries, Shreya.
      Bad step or a good one-only time can tell. Let us see how it goes.🙈


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