Author: Subhodeep Mukherjee
What happens when an engineering college fresher:
• confronts his violent seniors on the first day of ragging?
• tries to woo a beautiful senior who has a nasty boyfriend?
• is heart-broken when his past causes his break-up with the girl he loves?
• goes boozing for the first time?
• is involved in a bloody inter-hostel rivalry with dire consequences?
In his debut novel, It Ain’t College, It’s War! (Book 1 of the It Ain’t trilogy), Subhodeep Mukherjee tells the story of Rahul Arora, an outspoken Delhi boy with a devil-may-care attitude that always gets him in trouble.
Amidst the politically charged atmosphere of his college and his many adventures, Rahul seeks true love, friendship and a job. Will he manage to find balance in his life? Will he make peace with his teachers, classmates, seniors and father and find what he is looking for or will his attitude get the better of him?
Loosely based on true events and also touching on various social issues, this book explores the meaning of love, friendship and career as seen through the eyes of the narrator and protagonist, Rahul Arora.
This book is the same old engineering college stories that have flooded the market. The average engineering student to falls in love with a beautiful girl without even talking to her and is unattainable in some way or other (here she has a senior boyfriend) along with the best friend and solving their issues…the entire plot has been done to death by now.
The narration has been done in the first tense, so we find ourselves looking at the world from Rahul’s point of view. While the overall writing style is good, it would have been better had the author chosen to write something unique.
Coming to the characterization, just like all other books in the genre, the female characterization is restricted to the praising of her beauty. There were mildly sexist dialogues and statements that could have been avoided as they did not really add to the overall narrative.
The book has no unique plot point to separate itself from the millions just like it. I rate this book 1 out of 4.