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I'm not twenty four...I've been nineteen for five years...

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,343 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
I'm not Twenty-Four is story of Saumya, Malappa & Shubhro which should have been a love triangle but wasn't. The three of them,coming from different worlds, are thrown into a fourth world called Karnataka. But it is not virgin beaches or exotic dancers that await them. They are to be welcomed by blood, riots, violent bosses and cut limbs. Will Saumya survive her job in ...more
Published by Srishti (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine a point in your life where you're finishing in top grade B-school but you are placed in "accident & casualties department" in a steel plant somewhere in remote Toranganallu instead of itz corporate for you are mistaken as a guy for your unisexual name ?!
Can you imagine your very first work is to inform someone's mother that her son, who is just 27, has expired in heart-attack ?!
Can you imagine the turmoil in you when your only best-friend/crush in your office falls into the f
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
By Sachin Garg. Grade: B+
A much talked about bestseller or a famous writer’s work often forms the starting point of reading fiction for many. I am no exception. But as you go along as a reader, you realize that a likable book need not be a bestseller always. And vice-versa.
True to that, my criterion to choose books changed at certain point of time and I started exploring wider ranges of books. Keeping consistent with that, I decided to read new Indian authors. And Sachin and Durjoy Datta are som
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A unisexual name…

This is the basis of Sachin Garg’s “I am not twenty four… I’ve been nineteen for six years”

I really loved the plot. I was able to relate to the dilemma of the protagonist. After all, my name is also unisexual – Satya! I have seen surprised faces when they come to know that Satya is a girl… And not a boy!

Saumya is a MBA fresher who is placed in a dream job. She feels excited and shops relentlessly. As soon as she lands on her first job, she and her colleagues as well reali
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
A unisexual name…

This is the basis of Sachin Garg’s “I am not twenty four… I’ve been nineteen for six years”

I really loved the plot. I was able to relate to the dilemma of the protagonist. After all, my name is also unisexual – Satya! I have seen surprised faces when they come to know that Satya is a girl… And not a boy!

Saumya is a MBA fresher who is placed in a dream job. She feels excited and shops relentlessly. As soon as she lands on her first job, she and her colleagues as well reali
Debasis Mohanty
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
It is easy to say "hi" to everyone who you meet but to say "bye" to the person(s) you love is the one of the most difficult things to do. This is what one of the characters in the book says and rightly so.
This book has got gears but mostly tortoise-paced.The book slowly begins with the first gear describing about the city girl Saumya and how she gets posted to a steel plant in Toranagullu where she tries to get accustomed .On a trip to Hampi she gets beguiled by a hippie-cum-marijuana addict who
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
First half is not that lucrative. I had my personal dragging towards the blogger part of the story.Even though the size of the book is mediocre, it can be done in a single sitting with a matter of 4 hours for an avid reader. Definitely it will be a good pick for train journeys. Giving 3 rating only for the blogger part of the story. To my opinion I think the author have to increase his story telling skills as I personally feel that the emotions were not well put in words. It's so obvious that th ...more
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-flicks, indian
3.5 stars

When i first stated with this book i dint like it much. I had different thoughts about this book in mind , I cannot say it was a very good story but i must say writer made every effort to make it interesting.

I must say first half was very horrifying when she was working in safety department and i was almost into the thoughts about should i read this book or not. i never imagined so much violence but after that story took a new turn . It dint go the way i predicted. It was easy going n
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is going to be a gift that i'll treasure for a long time. I can find myself in Saumya's character at many instances in the book. I can feel her pain, I can feel her happiness. The book revolves around Saumya's life when she ends up in a remote village which is much in contrast with her expectations.

Do read my full review at:
Rahul Rajasekharan Nair
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A simple love story with a strong social message.
A good read indeed.
Tashi wangmo
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

My first impression of this story was not good. I was bored to read about Saumya's everyday rant. I hated how she was was so materialistic. But from the Mango Tree incident where she met Shubdro it was a total page turner.

I couldn't believe how things turn out after Saumya's job was revealed. I mean how could people die like that!

Malappa's death was hard to digest. On one of the page, I was looking forward to how Malappa and Saumya's relation would turn out to be. And the next pa
Dr Nitin Rai Vohra
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Among the new breed of Indian authors the man who stood out was Chetan Bhagat going by his impeccable & original style of writing. But his last two books "Half Girlfriend" & "One Indian Girl" made me wonder whether this was the person whom I placed on the pedestal of remarkable Indian authors whose books we adored. Then fed up of the stale writing he had started delivering I started looking elsewhere & discovered Sachin Garg. I read two of his books "Never let me go" & "I am not ...more
Sriti Patra
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The story is beautiful and language as well as the narration is remarkable however the instances of the story didn't feel relatable and that's when I am a huge fiction fan. A must read for light readers and beginners.
Siddharth Belbase
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not much detailed, everything is made way too fast.
Shiny Ajit
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jaideep Khanduja
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

It Requires Guts to Stay 19 at 24
I enjoyed reading this book titled as ‘I’M NOT TWENTY FOUR… I’ve been nineteen for five years’ authored by Sachin Garg. There is some kind of magnetism in the story. In fact at times you feel like not reading a story, rather feel like one of the characters of the story. It reflects modern era young generation having a bold attitude, ready to go to any extent but clearly setting the limits to their liberty without anyone els
Kunal Kala
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Giving an extra star only because of the plot. May contain spoilers?

This work had too many issues with editing. For a first person view, the 'I' was overused and the sadder emotions/scenes were described in a rush throughout. From the point of view, I couldn't tell if Saumya is a guy or a girl in many places. And the overall taste and use of language was poor.
While its already hard to tell if we are in present time or past because of the liberal misuse of tenses, Saumya as a narrator is inconsis
Bhargavi Balachandran

I’m not twenty four, I’ve been nineteen for five years” by Sachin Garg is the story of Saumya Kapoor , an MDI graduate who gets placed at Lala Steel . Thanks to her unisex name, she is misunderstood as a guy and is posted in a village, Toranagallu in Northern Karnataka. Now Saumya is a Gucci handbag- toting, mini-skirt wearing girl who loves her stilettos, coffee shops and malls way too much. How can a modern girl like that adjust to a life in a god-forsaken village where getting North-Indian fo
Srikar Malapaka
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
The story is about Saumya Kapoor, from Delhi, who is just out of her MBA. She gets an offer from a steel company and in the last minute she comes to know that her posting is in Toranagalu, a small village in Karnataka. She couldn’t imagine her life without shopping malls and short skirts in that village that too with Amit (her college mate whom she hates for various reasons). But as she did not have another option she accepts it and lands in Toranagalu.

In Toranagalu, she meets Malappa, another
Ranganathan Kothandaraman
Everyone is trying to emulate Chetan Bhagat.

In fact, Chetan's success has opened doors for emerging writers and few of them had already earned their worth. But, many failed mainly because they have not understood their originality.

One such attempt is Sachin Garg's 'I'm not twenty four...I've been nineteen for five years'. In spite of poor story telling, over 2 lakh copies been sold. That is remarkable, isn't it?

The place mentioned is interesting i.e. Toranagallu in North Karnataka.and the author
Hiren Vachhani
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Author: Sachin Garg

Fed up with a BABU - SHONA - SWEETA type of campus novels? Just give a try to I'M NOT TWENTY FOUR. A simple language and simple story that takes place in a small town named Toranagallu. Though the title is connected with the female protagonist but the whole story is dominated by the male protagonist. A character without whom the story is not at all an attention seeker. He is SHUBHRODEEP SHAYAMCHAUDHARY.

What an 'MBA in finance' guy can do and what he
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-read
The book’s tile is an interesting one. Definitely catches the attention of the readers. Going by the cover page you do not expect a lot from it. One would expect it to be another light read novel that you read on a train journey. It Seems fun but not making an everlasting impression.

The gist of the story given in the last page also fails to hold you attention for too long. It gives one an impression of an ordinary story. The characters are ones you would meet everyday in your college, canteen,
Naveen N. Bhat
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bought it for the catchy title- realised it was just another Chetan Bhagat-like book.
Ipshita Ranjana
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
"I'm not twenty four...I've been nineteen for five years" is a different novel and by different I mean to say that it not only had a title which I could not relate to the story but it also had a very different story line which was almost original.

The main protagonist of the book Saumya's life takes a turning point because of her name which is considered common for both males and females.She is mistaken for a male and given a job fit for males in a steel company located in a rural town.Her life
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first book of Sachin Garg that i'd ever read .. And I'm glad the book didn't disappoint me..

You have your protagonist Saumya, who is your average girl.. And its her story that changed her.. And I must say that it changed me too... The transformation of Saumya in her stay at Toranganallu was most amazingly written and heart touching..

And my favorite character Shubro was an enigma.. I kept being surprised along Saumya at the new revelations of who he really was ,especially at the end
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
This coming of age story centers around Saumya, a MDI graduate, who because of her unfortunate unisex name has been given a job in a steel factory in the middle of nowhere. The story is narrated by Saumya and tells us about what happens to her after she leaves the safe confines of college and goes out to the big bad world. It tells us of the experiences of a typical Delhiite who is sent to live in a very small town. The story is also supported by characters like Amit, a nerd who happens to get p ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Very strong-hearted people who are very fond of reading love-stories
Weak-hearted people, please DON'T READ !!
The 2nd part in the book, out of the 3, is HORRIFYING !!
Not as in ghosts or something, but as what the author calls it, its 'emotionally taxing'
1st and 3rd parts are fine.
This is one of those books in my bookshelf, that I bought because I was allured by the title while browsing through the bookshop. Even more because I was 24 then. But I really regretted having done that without finding-out more about it, when i was reading the 2nd part. I think I will ne
Aman Goswami
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mini-library
This book is very fresh and engaging. Saumya Kapoor who is the central character of the book lands in Toranagallu , a place ironical for a girl like her. She deals with terrifying as well as terrific sequence of incidences which ultimately make her more mature.

The best part about this book is that regardless of so many blues in her life Saumya never says no and strongly confronts each and every situation with true grit.

Well done Sachin Garg !
Keep writing more novels like this.

The only not-so-bi
Tanya Tuteja
This is the first book of sachin garg i read. I have been a huge fan of Durjoy Dutta so thought of reading his friend. Portrayal of a delhi girl (character of Saumya)is so true and the way steel firms work, employment and employees type and in-goings are described is amazing. Malappa's death was shocking but Shubhro's entry rescued me and made the novel really interesting. Both the main characters (Saumya and Shubho)at times seem weird but lovable. The book is written in narrative style and narr ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Initial writing style was good , then a bit lengthy and boring at places but as soon as the last and [ as i realized later, most important] character entered the story, I was totally glued to this one. Most of the incidents were unexpected and interestingly woven into the narration. Though Malappa's character could have either been done away with , or developed a bit ..
And what completely took me by surprise was the end !! I swear I was actually glad it was done so differently and well planned !
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Whose story shall I appreciate, A lover's who was amusing, sturdy, but ended bad. A dreamer who travelled places to make his dream come true. But this dreamer was about to dishearten me by the time he left without letting her accompany him or else. But finally, he won my heart. Supriya, thrown into scary workplace, is few cases, we encounter in our lives, but surely happens.
Overall, this book really deserves a thumb.
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Sachin Garg is known for writing stories which not only ring a chord with the reader but also leaves him with a long lasting thought.

Described as an author worth checking out (MTV), A must read (Red FM) and a writer who will be enjoyed by all (Times of India), he continues to write stories which redefine numbers in the India Publishing Industry.

In his novel 'I'm Not Twenty Four', released in 2010,