Review : Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu

One of the ironies of living in India, is that many middle class families teach their children to be very honest, yet in real life mainly dishonest people do well especially in india in 2017. The book Nice Men Finish Last is the story of the life of a nice dental student Nandu(who later becomes a dentist) and starts with his breakup with his long term girlfriend Noor , who dumps him for a better looking and more influential boyfriend. It is a rather amusing account of how men are willing to do almost anything for a beautiful woman Tanishq Batra, making very great sacrifices to impress her and win her loyalty.

Probably the most interesting part of the book is how is how influential people like the lawyer father of Tanishq can force the landlord to make Nandu and his friend vacate their rental house, and get Nandu fired from his job. Tanishq Batra decides to stay over at the flat of Nandu overnight after telling her father that she is staying in a hostel. She consumes a lot of alcohol and meets an accident. After the accident, Nandu gets a phone call that her father will be sending some to pick him up and take him to the hospital.

Nandu is surprised when police constables come to his house and instead of a hospital, he is taken to the Delhi Police headquarters. There in the company of an IPS officer, the lawyer father of Tanishq batra threatens him with various crimes like kidnapping, attempted rape,intoxicating and other charges which could lead to seven years imprisonment. After crying and pleading with the father and IPS officer, they agree to let him off, provided he stays away from Tanishq. The constable who escorts him out, tells him to stay away from Tanishq and her family, not to meddle in their life as they are rich people who run the country and middle class people have very less power.

However when Nandu returns home , he finds that his room mate Sattu is evacuating the room, as their landlord has given them notice to vacate the room within 24 hours for bring girls. They had been getting girls to their room for many years, however it appears that Tanishq’s powerful father managed to persuade the landlord to give them notice to vacate the house immediately leaving him homeless. Also when he goes to the dental college where he was teaching, the dean calls him and tells them that he has been expelled, for dating a student, probably the work of the IPS officer as the whole college was aware of the affair for some time.

After being losing his job, Nandu returns to his parents in nainital and works part time as a dentist, applies and wins a scholarship to canada. However the long distance relationship if fairly taxing due to different time zones. Another revealing part of the book it describes how beautiful girlfriends can be extremely selfish at times, unable to understand the problems of others especially their boyfriends. When Nandu is unable to give her the attention she demands, Tanishq breaks up. How Nandu deals with it forms the rest of the story.

Though the national logo of India is satyameva jayate, or truth will triumph, in 2017, just the opposite is true, with some people having the license to cheat and lie, without being punished. When Nandu is called to police headquarters he notes the irony, that Tanishq who was responsible for drinking and driving is safe at home, while he is being accused though he is innocent. In the indian internet sector, this problem is faced often. For example shivalli brahmin cheater housewife nayanshree hathwar looted the domain investor of more than Rs 1,1 lakh, goan gsb fraud diploma holder siddhi mandrekar committed corporate espionage, indore housewife veena stole her documents, bhandari sex worker sunaina chodan, 2013 bsc, housewives riddhi nayak, naina, asmita patel,ruchika are all stalking the domain investor,doing no work, yet all these frauds are allegedly rewarded by powerful companies like google, tata, with R&AW/CBI jobs falsely claiming to own this website only because they have powerful fraud friends and relatives in NTRO, CBI, R&AW, security agencies , while the real domain investor, owning the website,paying all the expenses is not getting anything

Similar the powerful fraud NTRO employees led by puneet, parmar, j Srinivasan, patel, Vijay, are pasting the photos of their lazy greedy girlfriends on the resume of the domain investor owning this website to get all their inexperienced lazy cheater girlfriends R&AW/CBI jobs with monthly government salary, at the expense of the domain investor, and she is unable to do anything about it because she does not have any powerful friends and relatives.

A well written and interesting book, looking at life from the perspective of a dental student, dentist and how powerful people manipulate the system in India for personal gain or hatred.

Nice Men Finish Last
Author: Pravesh Vir Siddhu
Publisher: Srishti Publishers 2017
Pages: 217