Wasted in Engineering Book Review

Wasted in Engineering | Prabhu Swaminathan | Notion Press

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Wasted in Engineering felt like a regular Indian engineer’s cascade of thoughts, right from the moment they enter an institution to when they leave their campuses with job offers in their hands. Whether you get to choose your field of study yourself or not, there are certain things which you are bound to notice. I could relate to a lot of stuff which he had mentioned in this text, specially about the outdated syllabus and how certain practical subjects are taught in semesters following the semesters where the theory is taught.

Most of the time, colleges fail to keep the students interested in their field of choice, something I can vouch for, personally. Some of them are outright weird when it comes to moral policing. I am thankful of my college for never being this intrusive amongst the students’ privacy. This book made me realize how awesome my college was and how I had taken everything for granted. People seem to be having it really bad out there. This book has made me feel super grateful to my college for giving me the platform to improve, not just academically, but also my soft-skills.

When it comes to projects, I have a first-hand experience, on how students opt for the easy way out, but again, there are some beacons of light who work their assess off, day and night, to come up with their own ideas and then implement it and make it work. So, what Prabhu mentioned is truly in the case of only 90% of the people.


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  • It was definitely a quick read, but brings about lots of questions in mind.
  • The typeface is comfortable and the quality of the book is satisfactory.
  • I felt that this was more of a collection of thoughts simply stitched up together sprinkled with a few examples here and there. I think the text could’ve been
  • This text is in a serious need of good proof-reading and editing. In certain places I found the sentences to be repetitive.
  • Prabhu discussed paths which can be taken once done with engineering and how one can pursue with higher education (if they want one). But what I believe is, there is no right path to success. Maybe someone will regret doing their masters in CSE or ECE, but as long as the decision is being made by an adult consciously, they are accountable to their decisions. Mistakes maketh man, am I right?
  • Somewhere in my heart, the title of the book, Wasted in Engineering, pinches me. Maybe I might not use my technical skills in real life or in my professional life, but no education is a waste of time, right? Whatever you study, you learn something out of it. Be it how impractical or out-dated. The experience that a college is able to provide, is priceless. One grows up to be a better human being in such environment. It is quite nourishing and no matter how much we curse our colleges; this basic degree helps us start our careers. Yes, one might have chosen an unwanted field, but there is no point repenting. Just my point of view.
  • The points made on career counselling is quite good. We really need to get our teenagers counselled regarding their careers. It is that stage where kids cannot even decide which model and make they would prefer for a phone, and here they are deciding their careers. They need help and there is no shame in admitting it.

This is a good book for teenagers who are going to join a college, or those who are pursuing their engineering degrees.

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