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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.

Book Review: Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Readers beware!!!!: let me warn you at the start, it is not a book for boys at all and girls if you are tom boyish types  , I humbly request you to avoid reading it even for killing time as it would literally piss you off. The book is for girls who dream about prince charming, are nervous, lacks self-confidence, and likes romances of the type “damsel in distress and knight in shining armor”.

The basic theme that the book portrays is that one should never be afraid to be one’s real self. Our leading heroine is EMMA Corrigan, who is a normal ‘just another girl on the street’ although she is a bit too nervous and hyper tensed all the time and thinks too much. The reader might get irritated as her mind never shuts up. She is unhappy with her career, her family and is not actually in love with her current boyfriend. She meets a man in a plane and in a moment when she thinks that the plane is going to crash and everybody is going to die, she pours her soul out and tells all her deepest secrets to the man. The man turns out to be her super boss (he owns the company where she works) and then starts the cycle of teasing, double meaning comments and the girl mostly is clueless as she has no idea about the man’s intentions and is unaware as to his any secrets. They start dating after she breaks up with her old boy friend but something happens, as usual misunderstandings are created, he reveals all her secrets on the national television and she thinks he used her for his selfish interests. I don’t want to go on further and spoil the fun by hinting the climax.

I actually like the idea that even if someone knows all your secrets and still loves you anyway, its love. It might make you laugh at times with its witty jokes and funny circumstances. It’s actually a book one could use for time pass and I mean strictly for time pass.

Overall: just another chick-lit, girls might like it, the idea is good but the story gets a bit boring and way too predictable, nothing like a great romance, can be used for passing time but I personally won’t recommend it.

Rating: 2/5

BOOK REVIEW: THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT BY SIDNEY SHELDON

A  beautiful French actress whose craving for passion and vengeance takes her from the gutters of Paris to the bedroom of a powerful billionaire; a dynamic Greek tycoon who never forgets an insult, never forgives an injury; a handsome war hero lured from his wife by another woman and an innocent American girl who becomes a bewildered pawn in a game of vengeance and betrayal. The Other Side of Midnight is the story of four star-crossed lives enmeshed in a deadly ritual of passion, intrigue and corruption.

This is a kind of novel which should be avoided during times of hectic schedules as once you start reading; chances are that you wouldn’t be able to let it go. A wicked tale of power, passion, betrayal and vengeance, the novel is a definite page turner and gets more gripping with every turn of the page.

Plot: The story revolves around four magnetic personalities, each one of which is bound to have some impact. In a world ruled by men, our leading lady, Noelle Page uses the power of seduction to lure each one of them until he gives in to what she wants and then moves on to another just to seek revenge from the one man she has ever truly loved, Larry Douglas. But what happens when she finally gets to him, had the hatred overpowered the overwhelming love & passion she has once felt for the man?
The all-powerful Greek tycoon Constantin Demeris is also used as a stepping stone by her but she forgets that the man is not ordinary rather a force to reckon with. He possesses absolute power and is absolutely corrupt, who believes in imparting justice his way. Will he ever forgive her or destroy her totally? Catherine Alexander is the only character with no evil intentions but still is brutally caught in the middle of the storm. Her only crime was being a loving wife and working to keep her marriage alive.
Writing  style: The only flaw in the book can be said to be its writing style. The book starts with the story of Noelle page and then jumps to the story of Catherine and keeps on jumping from time to time. The worst part is that the story turns to the other character when you very much want to know what happens next. But towards the end both the lives are well connected together. The ending is the scoring point, let’s say, you should be prepared for a shocking twist.
Views: If you want an evil tale of vengeance and deadly passion, this could be ‘THE’ book. The story is well structured and the suspense is kept alive throughout the book. The novel might get explicit at places and is not recommended for kids below 18.In all, I would definitely recommend the novel. Sidney Sheldon has lived up to the title, “the master of the unexpected”. I’m certain once you finish the novel, you would run to the store for its sequel Memories of Midnight.
Rating: 4/5

Silence of the Lambs

How often have you come across a psychological thriller that sends a chill down your spine, grips you, scares you, but at the same time pulls you towards itself, makes you keep turning pages till you discover its deepest secrets? Not often? Well, if such a masterpiece has escaped your eye , fret not!! “Silence of the Lambs “-by the Bram Stoker awardee Thomas Harris.
Though it’s a sequel to the “Red Dragon”, you would not miss out on any action of this novel if you haven’t read the “Red Dragon” 
Silence of the Lambs was adapted by Jonathan Demme in 1991 and became one of the few movies to win the five most prestigious awards in the Oscar’s history –Actor in a leading role, Actress in leading role, director, motion picture and screenplay ! and it is one the top 250 imdb movies rated by the critics as one of the best movies ever made .
All about dark shadows , gross details, and psychotic evil, this novel has the capacity to leave an indelible imprint on your minds, the horror streaks ,though not very explicit at times , underly the entire novel.
An FBI trainee, Clarice Starling is asked to get some leads on the case of a serial killer, called “Buffalo Bill”, by interviewing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, famous (or may I say notorious) as “Hannibal the Cannibal”. He is a very talented psychiatrist, and one of the best in his profession, but, he is a psychopath, a killer, guilty of unspeakable crimes. Now he is a high security prisoner locked up in a mental institution. Nevertheless, disregarding the dangers involved in going to Lecter ,Clarice decides to go over to him,to seek his insights over the buffalo bill case, as stopping this serial killer is of utmost priorty, or another girl shall have to added to the list of his unlucky , flayed victims , killed in the most gruesome ,most macabre manner imaginable ,leaving you with utter disgust for this unseen antagonist, whose appearances are rare, but nevertheless terrifying.
Coming back to the cannibal, Dr. Lecter would not give his knowledge of the case so easily. The price Clarice must pay? His entry into the darkest chambers of her mind confronting her own demons and her lambs screaming . They develop a strange relationship where he offers her cryptic clues in return for information on her unhappy childhood. Throughout the novel, you will realize the brilliance with which it has been written, well constructed with no unnecessary drama. The clock is ticking and you can not stop yourself from being the part of the chase for the nefarious Buffalo Bill. Before you even know it , you will feel the urge to stop the killer from letting lose a reign of terror, blood and death .
So, what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy , and savour the brilliance of one of the best psychological thrillers ever written .