INTO THE SHOES
The book is a story about the problems in the Indian school education system – the increasing divide between the private and the public sector, the development of shadow ecosystem in the form of coaching centers or prep schools or tuitions, and the increasing number of followers of the rat race in the country.Sahil, a boy born to the family of means, has been a scholar throughout his life. As expected of achievers, he is expected to prepare for IIT after his class 10
Sahil, a boy born to the family of means, has been a scholar throughout his life. As expected of achievers, he is expected to prepare for IIT after his class 10th exams. In the process of his two-year journey of preparation, he develops an intensive friendship with his driver`s son Arjun who is equally intelligent but does not have the right means – exposure and financial aid to succeed in life – and expectations from people around him.
The two friends also develop a mentee relationship with Mayank who is Sahil`s first cousin and who has been in his shoes years back. Having pulled closer to the young boys and the education system, Mayank is surprised to notice how much things have changed and changed for the worse. He feels frustrated and decides to quit his fancy job to solve the problems of the education system in an innovative way.
The story unfolds over a 2-year period and is filled with ups and downs in the life of each of the three main characters, implicitly bringing out the pressing issues of the education system and the imperative changes it needs. There is friendship, there is introspection, there is self-awareness, there is love, there is despair, and there is drama, among other things. And in the end, there is learning for everyone, which is weaved into the fiction through this book.
Why is this book different?
The book is different from other books written on the topic because it focuses on the journey than the outcome. Capturing the mindset of a 16-year old who is set to write some of the toughest exams in the world, the story tries to capture some of the most important aspects of such a kid`s life – self-awareness and introspection. The book also throws light on the galloping shadow economy of coaching classes in India and how its overuse is doing more harm than good. To solve these issues, the book tries to propose an innovative solution through social enterprise and technology.
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