Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020

The recently released book, Revolution 2020 by the renowned youth author Chetan Bhagat was much awaited, but sadly the book thoroughly fails to fulfill the expectations of readers.

Plot: The story is of three childhood friends residing at the holy city of Varanasi. Like all kids they have their dreams, Gopal, who is the narrator belongs to a poor family and aspires to become a rich man someday, his father is set on making him an engineer and wants to see his son clear IIT-JEE. Raghav, who belongs to a well-to-do family, is passionate about journalism and wants to change the world and Aarti who is the leading lady for both the guys belongs to a bureaucrat family and wants to become an air hostess. Raghav clears IIT but stays in Varanasi and joins BHU while Gopal couldn’t clear it in the first attempt and is sent to Kota for a second attempt. Meanwhile, Aarti falls in love with Raghav.  When Gopal returns things change and he is lured into the vicious trap of corruption to resolve his land disputes and open an engineering college. From then on, while Raghav tries to fight the prevalent corruption in Indian politics, Gopal is more engulfed in it. Gopal desperately tries to lure Aarti through his new-found richness and the story revolves around the question “lets see who gets the girl”.

My Take: The book doesn’t do justice with its name “Revolution 2020” because all it does is concentrate on the love triangle rather than on the “revolution” which was supposed to be the main theme. The book is quite predictable with no twist and turns, there is nothing which would totally grip the reader. The plot somewhat resembles to that of Twilight where two boys are desperately fighting for a girl and the girl can’t seem to decide which one is a better match for her. The girl Aarti is totally annoying and irritating who can’t seem to make up her mind. Her character is too weak who can’t hold on to a man when he is busy making his career and is not available for her all the time. Raghav is the only character who deserves some respect of the reader but then the revolution which he wants to bring has not been described well, he is portrayed as a supporting character. The book seems like the script of a hindi movie, Chetan  Bhagat should concentrate on writing books rather than hindi movie scripts and sell them as books.

If you are a diehard fan of Chetan Bhaghat, even then too don’t go for the novel. It would come as a huge disappointment after his first novel “Five Point Someone”, which was real, fresh and witty. It was the novel which forced the youth of India to leave their laptops and i-pod and take up reading as their pastime. From the same author, we expect a lot more, not a love triangle with its background as corruption in Indian politics and education sector. It is just another book with nothing so special that I would advise the readers to go for it.