Title: Exam Warriors
Author: Narendra Modi
Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Date of Publication: 3 February 2018
Dedicated to the youth of India who comprise almost two-thirds of the population under the age of thirty five, Exam Warriors is written in a workbook style. It is an interactive and interesting book written with the annual Indian Board Exams in focus. Almost 2.824 million students will be appearing for the grade X and XII board exams in 2018. (CBSE class 10, 12 board exams to begin from March 5.) It serves as an extension of the February 2015 ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
The book is a unique experience and also highly engaging if used through the Narendra Modi Mobile App. The book has about 25 chapters which are short and are periodically interrupted by unique activities that include students to express themselves through writing, poster designing or drawing images. There are several puzzles, brain teasers and games centered around the examinations. The idea is to make the preparation for these exams casual though they are much anticipated and a matter of stress for both students and their families. They determine the streams the students will be able to take up depending on the scores they attain.
The colourful illustrations are done well and add to the interest of the book and function as stress busters. The book cover shows the Prime Minister waving the National Flag making the kids empowered with their weapons like pens, pencils and other stationery in hand. They skate and glide on segways to the finish line. The back cover also has a real photograph of the Prime Minister being greeted by young students and shaking hands with them. Though the book is highly interesting, it is difficult for a young and playful mind to stay away from the rat race that lies immediately ahead after the board exams. With sky rocketing cut offs each year, eligibility for higher education is largely becoming a matter of fortune telling.
The book is highly relevant considering the time of release and also very technologically advanced. It has frequent QR codes presented in the book that can be scanned and uploaded to the Prime Minister’s Office directly. The tips are more or less what is usually told to students in terms of mental health, sleep, maintaining a schedule and being organsied with their study and exam day plans such as keeping their hall tickets and stationery in place. Most of it is presented in a fun manner. Along with the moral lessons stating examples of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Rani Laxmi Bai and Subhas Chandra Bose there is almost a mini yoga book in the end with some easy to practice and simple asanas explained with illustrations and simple steps. It is almost a back to school experience (for those who’ve not revisited their school in a long time) as one makes their way through the tasks. Keeping the cost of the book in mind, the quality of glossy pages is amazing.
The Prime Minister’s usual charisma is maintained and reflected which is undoubtedly the reason behind the book’s warm reception especially among the student community. It is definitely the first of its kind but how far it will sustain amidst the re-examination hullabaloo is hard to determine. An audiobook to go along with the paperback is a personal suggestion.