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Book Review #42: Wasted In Engineering


Author: Prabhu Swaminathan
Pages: 172
Publisher: Notion Press

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Blurb:

‘Engineering padicha nalla future – If you study engineering, you will have a good future.’ This is a claim often repeated to children and teenagers by parents and teachers in many parts of India. But only those who have gone through an engineering college life know that it’s not completely true.

There is a difference between calling yourself as an engineering graduate and an engineer. India produces millions of engineering graduates like you and me but only very few of us are actual engineers. Many of us just graduate with an engineering degree, with an artistic dream in mind.

What do you think is the difference between engineers in many countries around the world and engineers from India? In other countries, if David Pascal studied electrical engineering in college, few years later you can find him working as an electrical engineer. In India, if Ram Krishnamurthy studied electrical engineering, few years later you can find him working in a completely irrelevant field like software coding, banking, photography and even movie directing.

This book is not about the few engineering students in your class who love engineering. I don’t hate them. In fact, I am very jealous that they study what they love. This book is about the majority of engineering graduates whose lives are wasted in engineering and is intended to tell you why you should make an attempt in pursuing your real passion, instead of being suffocated under the weight of an engineering degree.

This is a story of India’s Youth.

Welcome to India, the land of Wasted Engineers.

  • Review-

“Wasted in Engineering” by Prabhu Swaminathan is an anthology of multiple stories about India’s engineers. Through these stories and with the support of numerous facts and figures, Prabhu has tried to convey the truth in India’s face. He followed a very structured approach in conveying his thoughts. Starting from the reason of writing this book and what it is all about, Prabhu has covered each and every aspect of Indian education and later focused his attention completely on the engineering field. Showcasing various assets of Science and Commerce streams, the various ways to seek admission in engineering colleges, various strategies of engineering colleges to attract students / parents to study from their institution; how there are multiple people who pursue engineering just so that they become eligible to work as a graduate, the face of engineering in India, how the pathetic structure of syllabus is unable to cover the real-life work aspects from the long-term career perspective and how it is giving birth to numerous jobless engineers in our country. Prabhu then moved on to how an engineering student can shift from continuing to be an engineer to pursue their passion. He has also provided various ideas / guidelines that can be followed by students who are currently in school to make a career in the field that interests them the most. All in all, Prabhu has portrayed a very clear picture of the current scenario in engineering perspective and how we can strive towards changing it.

  • Verdict:

An eye-opener! Must read! (3.5/5)

  • Available at:
  1. Amazon (Rs. 180)
  2. Infibeam (Rs. 135)

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