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BOOK REVIEW OF- 37+ Grace Marks
By- Vishal Anand
• Paperback: 200 pages
• Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (15 May 2017)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 9382665978
• ISBN-13: 978-9382665977
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
What happens when you fall in love at first sight? That too in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. But is it the best place to find love too?
Viraj falls head over heels in love with his classmate Nimisha, who could make boys on campus go crazy. While his friends Punit and Sahil just want to have fun – despite poor mark-sheets, grace marks to pass, and other everyday adventures – Viraj wants more from his life and love.
Life has led Viraj to the edge of a cliff. He has a choice to make – to forget everything and jump, or fight.
What brought him here? An unrequited love, encounters with law, or the dilemma of grace marks? Where does Viraj’s story eventually end?
Welcome to 37 + Grace Marks, Viraj’s journey to discover that there is more to life than marks.
Are marks everything? As you work to become a better student, remember that learning is far more important than the numbers on your transcript. I know it can be hard sometimes to remember what you’re in school for. In some places, students go crazy over a tenth of a point – but this is an unhealthy and unsustainable way to manage your education. The real reason you’re in school is to grow as a person and fulfil your potential. But in a country like India it is not so. Grades really cover up failure to teach. A bad instructor can go through an entire semester leaving absolutely nothing memorable in the minds of his class, curve out the scores on an irrelevant test, and leave the impression that some have learned and some have not. But if the grades are removed the class is forced to wonder each day what it’s really learning. The questions, what’s being taught? What’s the goal? How do the lectures and assignments accomplish the goal? Become ominous. The removal of grades exposes a huge and frightening vacuum.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Education system in India is very different, where marks matters everything. From ones childhood, a kid is always forced to get an A+. Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.
This plot beautifully highlights marks entangled with emotions. Especially the plot sequence of Viraj and Nimisha reflects that everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they’re at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people.
And then? What happens when you can’t cope up with this A+? Stress, anxiety, depression and finally Suicide. Sometimes you’re trying so hard to get your life together and still it’s not enough, everything is falling apart. What to do, you’re asking. Just keep going through hell for yourself, not for everyone else. Richer with that wisdom, I will build my happiness from nothing. I will rise from the dust. And I will do it on my own. I will live for myself and I won’t look at the others. Without being push to the wall, we will have remained in our comfortable zone. But this circumstance challenges us to find the courage to move on.
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YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-
1. THE BEAUTIFUL AMALGAMATION OF GRADES WITH EMOTIONS.
2. THE FIGHTING SPIRIT DESCRIBED THROUGHOUT THE PLOT
3. THE FEELING OF-Whatever happens to us, God gives grace to endure and overcome the situation.
And lastly you can victory overcome every situation by faith and hope.
Overall I would like to rate the book 45 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
1. Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
2. Net emotions in the story- 9/10
3. Usage of words and phrases-8/10
4. The title, cover and the illustration-10/10
5. The net impact on the readers- 9/10
KUDOS TO Vishal- It was really a beautiful plot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vishal Anand is the author of a bestselling short story collection, Emotions Unplugged. His book has not just carved a niche in the readers’ hearts, but has also remained popular since its release.
After completing his schooling from Ranchi, he received his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune and his post-graduate degree in Business Economics from Department of Business Economics, Delhi University. Vishal works with a talent consulting partner to several domestic and international companies. Currently, he lives in Bangalore.