Ratings for Chandra, V
Based on 7 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Chandra is a really nice guy and clearly passionate about his subject. But this class is pretty boring. If you are a remotely seasoned English major/literature buff, you have read all of these stories at least once before. He goes over the story almost word for word, which can be a little exhausting. You do get to write a story in this class, though, which is really neat, especially for a Berkeley literature course.
Submitted Nov. 13th, 2012
Comment: I took this class because I'm an intended Creative Writing minor. I had no idea how much I would get out of it. Dr. Chandra is an amazing instructor, and I learned so much from him and from my fellow classmates. Take this class for sure.
Submitted May 11th, 2012
Comment: Best class I've taken at Cal so far. Dr Chandra is amazing and really knowledgable and I loved the fact that having only 12 people in the class made everyone so close (as compared to those huge lecture halls). Would take it again if I could!
Submitted April 24th, 2012
Comment: I am not an English major, but I've always liked creative writing. I took this course because there is a creative writing element in it, and while I found out how bad my writing truly is, I really enjoyed the class. There is no tedious busy work, and if you don't have time to do the readings, there is no penalty at all besides not getting as much out of the course. I really liked how, in that way, the class allows you to learn for pure interest in the topic. There are no exams, just two analytical essays, a short story, and two informal reading reviews. Professor Chandra is an amazing lecturer because he not only brings in outside knowledge on the stories we are reading, but he also takes his own love and appreciation for the works and shares them with us. After hearing him describe a story, analyzing details I didn't notice and picking out parts that he particularly liked, I found that a story that I had read with little enthusiasm suddenly held a lot more wonder and beauty for me. Being a writer himself, he is very concerned with how a piece of writing brings pleasure to its reader, not just the dry analysis of the work itself. If you're not an English major, you should still try out the class. In fact, you might get more out of it. P. Chandra really teaches you a whole new way of looking at writing!
Submitted May 10th, 2010