In a move that is baffling many, Delhi University has decided to include Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Five Point Someone’ in its Elective English syllabus. Chetan Bhagat is understandably thrilled.
Am honoured DU added my books to their course. Literature is about being open minded, reading the classics as well as the contemporary.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 23, 2017
Now those of us who know anything about DU are obviously at a loss. No one in their right minds would ever consider Chetan Bhagat’s drivel worthy of being on the same list as the works of Ismat Chughtai, Saadat Hasan Manto, Amitav Ghosh, or Margaret Mitchell. To say nothing of the Bard or Chaucer, of course. Them folks are probably all turning in their graves collectively at this horrifying decision by the powers-that-be at Delhi University.
While students majoring in English will thankfully be spared the torment of having to “study” Bhagat’s mind-numbing book, the others won’t be so lucky. The author is part of a few new names added to the Popular Fiction course. JK Rowling and Agatha Christie are also on the same list.
One can only hope it takes DU authorities only a couple years to realize that hack jobs like ‘Five Point Someone’ do not belong on a list as prestigious as a DU syllabus. In the meantime, the only consolation one can find is in the fact that DU professors are very astute, brilliant people who will rip this abomination to shreds faster than you can say Jack Robinson.
And if you think about it, if there would ever be a course about Bollywood music of the start of the 21st century, the poor syllabus makers would have to add the names of freaks like Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh to the list. And isn’t Chetan Bhagat little more than the Himesh Reshammiya of the English writing world? Hell, I bet Himesh has more talent than this hack.
So, while DU slums it out with the likes of Chetan Bhagat, here’s wishing all non-English graduates a truckload of luck, and patience. Our prayers, and our sympathies, are with you.