Goodreads Giveaways has always been a mixed bag but mostly very good. Of course, in the first place, it depends on you - you’re the one who chooses the books.
I have, thus, received, so far, a few thrillers, and some non-fiction. While I read through most of the thrillers among those, it is in the nonfiction category that I’ve hit on some real winners.
And, lately, I’ve hit the jackpot. Mr. R K Mohapatra’s book that I got is actually very useful and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the reprint of his first book.
Shortly after, I got another book. One with a very cheery blue cover.
Youthful cover art apart, the book has an exciting story behind it and the story, in a sense, is the book.
In India, quite a few who pass through the educational system aspire to become engineers. When I was a teenager, I met my granny whom I loved after simply years and, under a beautiful full moon, she solemnly held my hand and blessed me: May you become a chief engineer. She pronounced it 'cheap'.
All that sounds wonderful. Yet, the educational system the world over and in India in particular is not designed to bring bliss or brains to humanity.
This young man's book, filled with graphic art, photos and more, engages you on the journey taken by young people in India when they decide to try for the glorious IIT - The Indian Institute of Technology.
He peppers his narrative with trivia historical and otherwise and, with peppy pace, leads you through a serious analysis of the state of things.
This book would make an excellent present to any young person in India. Buy it today! And, if you're not Indian, but want to know about our obsession with engineering, then again, this book is your bible.