He is known to almost every college student, he is author, he is screenwriter, he is columnist and speaker.. he is Chetan Bhagat. Bhagat is yet again back with another love story ‘Half Girlfriend’ which is due for release this October. The novel is available for pre-orders on the e-commerce website Flipkart.
The synopsis of the book on Flipkart’s advertisement in a national daily reads : “Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a girl called Riya. Madhav didn’t speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.”
An investment banker-turned-novelist who wants his novels to be next to bread and jeans in super markets has six books published so far. Here’s what these novels are like :
Five Point Someone : The very first novel written by Chetan came out in the year 2004. It deals with the lives of the three friends, namely, Hari, Alok and Ryan. Their excitement on making it to one of the best engineering colleges in India is quickly deflated by the monotony of the academic work. It went on to become the best-selling novel. The novel inspired a superhit bollywood movie “3 Idiots”.
One Night @ the Call Center : Published in the year 2005, it revolves around six employees working in a call center. The story is woven around an almost lost love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressures of a patriarchy, an insight on the lifestyle of youth of this country and the work environment of a globalised office. The plot takes a twist when one night they receive a phone call from God. It was later adapted into a film called – Hello!
The Three Mistakes of My Life : Published in May 2008, it had an initial print-run of 420,000. The novel which took the cinematic path and became Kai Po Che, is a story of three friends : Govind, Ishan and Omi. The story presented through Govind’s eyes is knitted around the three mistakes he makes in his life : Mistake 1- Govind had paid a huge advance for opening a store in Navrangpura shopping mall even though his friends tried to stop him from doing so. (Also gave too much importance to his shop in the mall, and forgot to care about the lives lost in the earthquake). Mistake 2- He fell in love with Vidya (Ishan’s younger sister). Mistake 3- He waited a split second and dived too late to save Ali because of his own selfishness. Ali’s wrist was destroyed. (Ali is one of the students of Ishan’s cricket training classes).
2 States – The Story of My Marriage : The novel was transformed into a Bollywood film with the same name starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The novel came out in the year 2009 and is based on the story of a couple from two different states of India. It shows the hardships faced by the the couple in convincing their parents to approve their marriage.
Revolution 2020 : It’s the story of a love triangle, set in the time of engineering entrance exams in Varanasi. Revolution 2020 offers a glimpse into the entrance exam coaching-classes racket. Gopal and Raghav are two friends separated by their ambitions and passions yet connected by Aarti, the love of their life.
What Young India wants : The only non-fiction book by Chetan, it is a compilation of his speeches and essays. It has various topics ranging from Indian society, Indian politics and young Indians.
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After a student has completed the high school, the first thing that comes to mind is – the college life. They feel happy, elated, nervous, exited all at the same time.
A college can be the most fun place where you learn as well as grow. You gain from your experiences which you gain in college. The first semester goes in knowing and adapting to the college life and its environment. Gone are those days when you were spoon fed, you have to be more independent now. You have to plan every activity of yours because in the college, the work load is more than the schools. Your endeavours do not end with grabbing a seat in a college. Your race in life has just begun. Your interest in extracurricular activities should be at par with your performance in academics and balancing both will be a new art.
Here are few tips to make your college life a bit easier!
- Be prepared for the class: You should always be prepared for the lectures. Make sure you carry all the necessary things you require during the class. Read about the subject matter; go through the text you studied in the last lectures so that you understand well. Do your homework daily.
- Be attentive: Make sure you arrive at the right time i.e. five minutes before the lecture begins so that you are settled by the time the teacher begins the class. Be alert and attentive, pen down all the important points, make notes and participate in the discussions.
- Time management: It is important to manage your time. Plan out things and keep a track of important dates and deadlines. Remember the dates of your presentations, group discussions and class tests so that you are well prepared for them.
- Study routine: One of the best ways to improve your academic performance is to prepare a routine. Devote two to three hours every day in revising what you learnt in the lectures on that day. This will not only prepare you for your next class but also reduce your pressure during the exams.
- Visit libraries often: There are various resources available for the students in the college and the most accessible one is a library. Visit college library on a regular basis and tutoring centres (if needed) that will explain your majors and clear all your doubts.
- Know your professors: The key to academic excellence is in knowing your professors and being known to them. Make sure you visit them regularly and ask them for your doubts and seek clarifications in study matter. They will give you clarity on the subject matter. They can be your best mentors, guide you for your future studies and help you in obtaining internships. Remember they are there to help you.
- Form your opinions: College is one place where you build and break notions. Listen to others but form your own opinions. Try to learn good things from everyone but don’t let others dissuade you from what you want to do in your life.
- Participate in events: Get yourself involved in all the events and extracurricular activities. This will not only give you exposure but also help you develop your interest in lot more things, build you’re networking skills. You will get to know new people and learn from them as well.
- Make use of opportunities: This is the most important step in learning. College is certainly not just going into classes and getting good grades. Strike a balance between work and play. Make use of every opportunity that falls on your way. Try to prove yourself in every field. Make your learning experience more fun and graduate with flying colors.
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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Delhi budget in the parliament and has allocated Rs.2,482 crores to the education sector to improve the infrastructure.
The allocation is approximately 14.8 percent of the total plan outlay of Rs.16,700 crore. The budget has earmarked Rs.350 crores for construction of 20 new schools in the capital.
Also, training will be imparted to 20,318 teachers through State Council of Educational Research and Training (i.e., SCERT) to enhance the quality of teaching so that the teachers are able to create better teaching environment in government schools. The government has also decided to bring up special senior secondary schools for girls to encourage girl education in the nation.
An estimated cost of Rs.285 crores is set aside to establish a school of planning, architecture as well as design by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in East Delhi. The government has also assured that the process of setting up of the National Institute of Technology Delhi (NIT Delhi) at Narela will be speed up. The overall project has been given 51 acres of land.
Besides, the government has recommended promotion of certain languages such as Sanskrit, Urdu and Punjabi. The Finance Minister said, “Delhi is inhibited by a lot of linguistic communities and has four academies of Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi. It is proposed to take up project based financial support to these academies in the current financial year”.
The budget has also proposed establishment of a skill development centre under PPP mode. Moreover, 37 acres of land has been acquired for the same, wherein approximately 15, 000 students will be trained every year based on the industrial needs.Read More
Delhi University Four Year Undergraduate Program courses have been re-structured from the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme to fit the new Three-Year format and these courses have been approved by the Academic Council and Executive Council of the university.
An emergent meetings of the two statutory bodies of Delhi University was held to clear the resolution on the approval of the courses in order to facilitate the commencement of the academic session from July 21.
“The restructured courses were passed at the meeting today. However, no Cluster Innovation Courses (CIC) were placed before the EC. Also, there will be no change in the examination/internal assessment,” Executive Council member Abha Dev Habib said in a text message.
However, DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) slammed the varsity’s administration for delaying the process of restructuring and also hit out at the Vice Chancellor.
“The Academic Council, the authority for designing courses, was not consulted on the model of restructuring: the Committees of Courses (comprising subject experts), were deprived of their right to decide on the best possible papers by making it mandatory to select papers only from the erstwhile FYUP,” DUTA President Nandita Narain alleged in a statement.
Slamming the university’s administration for not presenting the CIC courses before EC, Nandita said, “This is also evident from the fact that five new courses under the Cluster Innovation Centre — also established through grave statutory violations — were placed and approved in the meeting while the necessary amendments in the statute, required for establishing new centres etc., is due for years now.”Read More