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An Indian Loser

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In the other parts of the world when people fail, they gather themselves and try again; people around them encourage, motivate and inspire.

However, in India if a person fails, he is considered incompetent, inadequate and unworthy. People around him disregard him as a loser and he is finished even before he could start.

However, there are some ‘Indian Losers’ who refuse to
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
An Indian Loser centers around the story of the ambitious Peeyush. He has the aspirations that many of the middle class have – of obtaining a good education and getting a decent paying job. As he looks forward to his 10th standard, everything looks promising. Peeyush, however, fails his chemistry exams and gives up hope, well almost. He runs away from home and goes on to become a labourer at a construction site. His friends though encourage him, and he takes the supplementary exam, this time cle ...more
Alok Mishra
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, it is very good to see many newcomers trying their fiction-writing skills! That's a welcome sign for us, the readers.
Uzma's writing is certainly new and it needs a number of amendments and that come naturally - with time. An Indian Loser, her debut work, depicts the reality. Reality is a little wayward at times but as a reader, one has to keep in mind that it's a fiction and the author has complete liberty excused.

Peeyush is a complicated protagonist at the beginning who falls in
Surbhi Das
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
An Indian Loser does a very nice work of bringing out the ugly side of Indian education system and the emotional and mental toll it takes on not only a student but also on their respective families. This is a story of Peeyush, who aspires to become an engineer and works very hard to ace the engineering entrance exam but all his dreams take a backseat when Peeyush flunks in his 12th board chemistry paper. Thereafter, Peeyush’s life goes on a downward spiral plunging him into severe depression and ...more
Alka Shikha
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a common Indian, I can certainly empathise with Peeyush. Though I don't share his mood swings! A novel that describes what most of us feel in so many ways - something to become; something to do; something to follow. The pressure of family and the ambition of parents often scare the students to hell. However, as meek and obedient, they follow everything as long as they can.
Peeyush's scenario is no different; he has to become an engineer but her turns out to become a politician - he loses and
Apratim Mukherjee
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by the author herself and I was not quite excited.But once I started reading,it was very hard to put down.This is the largest Kindle book I have read.
The story is great and other than a few parts,it moves with a fast pace.There are some Bollywood like sub-plots and unnecessary characters but I highly recommend it anyone interested in contemporary Indian fiction.
Ms.Uzma Hameed,in cricketing terms,you have hit a century on debut...
Gudiya Rani
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The story does show an interesting landscape to the readers. It has the thing to keep someone interested but even the fiction cannot be so fictional to the events being displayed in this novel. Love has almost not a bit of practical description in this novel - it just happens and happens quite fast and disintegrates even faster. At one moment, Peeyush is promised by Swati that she will stand by her even in the worst situation and in the next moment, she almost kicks her out of her home. Strange! ...more
Karthik Kailash
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are books on how you should not give up. This is not a book on that. This is a book on what happens to you when you give up on yourself, but your circle doesn't.

Peeyush, a UPSC, aspirat has his dreams shattered when he fails his chemistry exam. Shattered he runs away from home. With despodency setting in and finally being diagnosed with depression, Peeyush's life is turned when his best friend Mustan eggs him on on another shot at life. And life does give him another chance, yet takes him
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Indian education system badly needs overhaul. It relies too much importance on marks and academic achievement. Average middle-class family has no other means to succeed and hence they push their children into rat race.

Peeyush (should it not be Piyush?) is from and average middle-class family who is under tremendous pressure to crack IIT joint entrance exam. He fails and has to run away. Will he succeed in the end or will simply give up?

The story is coming of age of Piyush. How he overcome all th
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is the first thing you notice in a book?

Book Cover and the name of the book, right?

Well in this case, what caught my eyes was the book’s very intriguing name ‘An Indian Loser’. I really wanted to know the story behind this name.

Opening Lines: I held the corroded bars of a ramshackle window to gain one last view of the outside world.

Students in India go through a lot of pressure from all sides to achieve something or to be on top of their studies: The parents, The Society, The Indian Educati
Sandeep Sharma
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
India’s education system and the pressure associated with it have given many authors a topic to write upon. There are so many books available on this topic but seldom comes a story that is so beautifully penned that it can hold you for several hours and entertain you till the very end.
The story revolves around the failures and the struggle of Peeyush to achieve something bigger than his own dreams. Through Peeyush, the author has portrayed the life of almost every middle class family’s story. Th
Swapna Peri
Book Title:  An Indian Loser
Author:  Uzma Hameed
Format:  Kindle

Book Title:
The title of the book ' An Indian Loser ' is very dark and intriguing.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is simple clip art of a trophy with a bright yellow colored background. The title of the book and the bright yellow are contrasting in comparison.

In today's modern India where many things including normal life's tasks are done using gadgets that run on Artificial Intelligence, the process of increasing a child
Amit Kumar
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To keep it simple, I would not make a mess of my review by protracting it almost to the size of a paper. :)
Peeyush is a guy who is confused about his choices in life and he is compelled by his parents, like many of us have been, to become an engineer. However, he lands in a distant land and fails his intermediate examination. However, he works hard and clears the supplementary exam and gets admission in a college before becoming active politically. Though the narrative is a little shifting with
Swati Gupta
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's keep it simple.
It becomes a little too much at times and I felt like letting it slip. However, I controlled myself and I kept reading. Uzma has portrayed a typical Indian youth in her debut novel. She has tried to convey what many of us think. Failure is not last and success is not the first; we all know this. In case of Peeyush, we come to know that success is not always essential (when he saves the life of Mustang) and failure is not always discouraging (when is lauded by his friends to
Rakhi Jayashankar
In India, for the last two decades, Engineering and Medicine are the only two streams that were acceptable for the students to learn. Even after being a saturated economy the demand of the both streams remain the same. The kids who don't go for both streams are considered not worth by the society.

Indian loser is a sarcastic take on this prejudice. A boy who fails in the Higher Secondary exams falls into the pit of depression. However with lot of difficulty and perseverance, he put the pieces bac
Vishal Chaurasia
Overall: 2.75/5

Cover and Title: 2/5
(Cover is not engaging and the title also is pretty flat & regular.]

Language/Writing style: 2.5/5
(Simple, fast and light on eyes but the excessive use of adverbs makes the work less enjoyable and sometimes put you off. Spelling/punctuation mistakes, a few times, glare right into your eyes.)

Story: 3.5/5
(The beginning of the story is pretty common among Indian students. All the taunts, the pressures, the expectations of your parents and then, the ho
Bodhisattya Pal
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
DETAILED REVIEW: https://bodhisattwapalreview.blogspot...

"My aim in life is to be a doctor/ engineer" - that's a very common words of mouth of an Indian teenager taught by his/her parents & society actually. One hardly say he/she would be something else! And that's not unnatural, in our society, to be financially & socially stable, you have to be a doctor/engineer!

The debutante author Uzma Hameed satired in this book that what if an IIT aspirant somehow fail to pass board exam! Yes, he i
Zahid Ahmed
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book as it depicts the dark social-political image of the Indian society that we often ignore. Overall, it is a good book with young characters and to some extent paints the picture of today's India - as how people go for a particular career and to what extent they can stoop to have their political motif fulfilled.

The story revolves around a young boy named Peeyush, however, when he flunks in board exams, his life changes forever. After that he goes up and down in his life, and trie
Shabana Mukhtar

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The book cover reminds me of Candy Crush so bonus points for that. I am on level 4314, by the way. Anybody else?

The pain that peeyish goes thru’ after failing the exams was, well, painful. It was also exagerated, in my opinion. I could not fathom why failing one exam was made out to be such a big deal. Perhaps, because he had a lot of expectations.

Expectations, I tell you, are your worst enemy.

He does give life anoth
Simran Sherya
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My interest in the book grew once Peeyush leaves his home. How could he and how could his parents allow him? I just wanted to check the author's imagination and that's what I like about this novel now. A little longer than what it could have been, the novel is very apt for a weekend timepass. Grab your copies and you will not be disappointed!
Nishant Anirudh
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked:
Story in general
The way of setting up an example
The protagonist's character in general

Peeyush is the hero in this novel who is perturbed by the ambitions of his parents. Wanting to be an engineer just because his parents want him to be, Peeyush has to leave home after failing the examination and discovering his real purpose in life that he fails to realise until his life takes an unusual turn - politics.
Prayas is a good idea in the novel and seems almost like a real-life attempt tha
Saby Samar
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have spent considerably good time of my young age in north India, in the state of UP. So, while reading this book I got the vibes as the story is happening before my eyes. Politics is such a thing there that people who get astray in life, think it is a better option for them. The same happened with the main character of the book Peeyush.

However, the book starts with education aspirations as backdrop, but later on as the character fails to rise in academics, the book gains political stature. I
Rimjhim Guhal
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, it was an interesting novel for me. I liked the way it ends in a cinematic style. A person almost feels his death from a close distance and comes to life and awakens in a changed world where he has achieved something.
Uzma has worked very well on her debut work. It's the story of an Indian youth Peeyush who is raised with so much expectations that he is overpowered by the will of his parents and cannot make the right calls earlier in his life before, ultimately, taking decisions on his abi
Jyoti Sinha
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this novel rather quickly. It took me about two days only after I devoted my entire leisure to reading it.
Protagonist is Peeyush. Other major characters are Radhika, Mustang and Chunni Bhaiya. It is a story set in Kanpur middle-class society. Peeyush is pressurised to do engineering and the pressure takes his success in the intermediate examination away from him. Somehow, after passing the supplementary examination, Peeyush enrols in college and becomes active in student politics and ult
Tuhin Sharma
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Failure is not always bad. Sometimes, for better goods, it becomes just an essential thing. The conclusion shows that and then the epilogue sums it up perfectly. Like most of the Indian novels, Peeyush also becomes what HE wanted to become rather than what OTHERS wanted him to be.
Motivation is there but in an otherwise term. Characters are mostly the subordinates of the protagonist. There are twists and a few of them are so different that it becomes difficult for the readers to comprehend. A no
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Ms Hameed does a splendid job portraying the pressures of society, the imperfect education system and the lack of necessary guidance and motivation needed to shape young minds, to build their resolve. However, I think she does too well of a job in bringing out the ‘loser’ side of Peeyush, our protagonist, and therein lies the problem. Indian Loser traces Peeyush’s story, an engineering aspirant whose dream halts when he fails his boa
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