Monday, April 12, 2010

Zero Percentile Missed IIT Kissed Russia by Neeraj Chhibba - A Book Review

Of late, everyone who can or sometimes cannot write a sentence is running to the presses in an attempt to sell their college life.  

Zero Percentile is an earnest book written by first time author Neeraj Chhibba. The book follows the story of Pankaj, a young Delhi lad from his school days to his student life in post communist Russia.

What makes this book stand out of the clutter is it's major part of the story being set in Russia. Russia has always had a special place in the hearts of Indians. At a time when the country was isolated, it was only Russia that we could count upon as a friend and for whatever political reasons the friendship evolved and has stood the test of time. As a result Russia does evoke more emphatic feelings of brotherhood than any other country in the world.

The book takes the reader through Pankaj's school life, college life in Russia, a brief shot at entrepreneurship, taking on the Russian Underworld and matters of the heart with equal fervor.

The book is peppered with anecdotes and incidents that help the reader identify with it's main characters. As noticed with the Chetan Bhagat and other authors of his ilk that's what they intend the book's USP to be and Neeraj Chhibba follows on the same path.

Though largely autobiographical, Neeraj does spin a good yarn with the necessary masala elements thrown in. From parental disappointment, to sex, mafia and romance. In fact one could be forgiven to think that the book is tailor-made for a bollywood screen adaptation yet it delivers on the entertainment front so no qualms there.

If you are on the lookout for a college life story to pass your train journey with, this book comes recommended.

Zero Percentile is available with considerable discount at

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