55 by Chetan Chatwal

11 Jan

From the jacket:

300x300_42e068ba99549a45c525677c4491afa4‘I was a 19-year-old horny virgin growing up in sex-deprived Delhi in the late 90s.’
Arjun Singh is a typical South Delhi brat whose biggest concern is securing the much coveted seat in St Stephen’s College. But his ambitious plans come to a screeching halt when he scores a paltry ‘55’ in English in the board exams. Unable to meet the cut-off, Arjun is forced to take admission in a neighbouring B-grade college. Between grappling with his identity as a Sikh and facing repeated misfortunes in love, Arjun’s only solace is his three best friends from school who have also ended up in the same shithole as him. What will happen to his future now?

Witty, naughty, and plain irreverent, 55 is a delightfully mad caper about growing up and surviving three tumultuous years in the hallowed corridors of Delhi University.”

My Review:

As a debut novel, the book is entertaining. Though I felt a better editing job could have made this book a lot more crisp. But what i liked about the book was the way it was written. A coming of age story which we all can relate to, written in a witty manner, it will have you in peals! All in all a good attempt by a first time writer.

I am not a big fan for first time Indian writers, I have nothing against them just that the wannabe writers often have nothing new to offer in terms of a story line. Here this book scores. Despite telling a tale which we can all relate to, the way it is written is what makes this book stand out.

Pick this book up on one of your broody days, where you have parked yourself at a coffee shop and you want to kill time. A sure shot mood lifter.

My rating would be a 3/5

This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own. 


Posted by on January 11, 2013 in books


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4 responses to “55 by Chetan Chatwal

  1. Gautam Sudev

    January 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    3 is too much..It deserves nothing more than 2

    • esotericphoenix

      January 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      I agree but for a first time writer… i think its good to be a little lenient.. was a decent read!

      • Gautam Sudev

        January 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        ok kinda:)

  2. Varuna

    January 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Such a witty read for a first time writer ! Had me in splits 🙂 !!! I would give it 5 !!


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