Saturday, 19 May 2012

Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition - Chetan Bhagat

Once upon a time, in small-town India, there lived two intelligent boys.
One wanted to use his intelligence to make money.
One wanted to use his intelligence to create a revolution.
The problem was, they both loved the same girl.

Welcome to Revolution 2020. A story about childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti who struggle to find success and love in Varanasi. However, it isn't easy to achieve this in an unfair society that rewards the corrupt. As Gopal gives in to the system, and Raghav fights it, who will win?

From the bestselling author of Five Point Someone, one night @ the call center, The Three Mistakes of My Life and 2 States, comes another gripping tale from the heartland of India. Are you ready for the revolution?

Chetan Bhagat


A bad plot from Chetan set in one of the most holiest places in India.The story is about triangular love and the corruption that is slowly sucking the life force out of the country. Students' pressure to meet their parents' expectations is well brought - out. Chetan tries to prove the point that the best way to make money in India at present is to open an engineering college. But Chetan seems to lose the plot when he tries for an unnecessary and unimaginable twist at the end.Aarthi's character is ill - developed and its not a wonder if Chetan loses some of his girl fans after this book. Gopal is a typical Indian rural guy who is burdened by his father's expectations though he really has no interest in engineering.Raaghav is a geek and manages to clear IIT entrance and joins BHU. Arthi's pendulum mind swings from Gopal to Raaghav and keeps swinging as the story progresses. The Revolution that Raaghav talks about is not well - defined and makes one think if it has been crammed into the book just for additional spice. The book or the characters have nothing to do with the Revolution that Raghav tries to bring in 2020. The final twist, as they call it is peak madness and I put down the book in disgust.

Rating: 1.4/5

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