Title: Revolution 2020.
Author: Chetan Bhagat.
Age Group: 14+
First of all Thanks to an online store, they delivered the book at my door step on October, 7th precisely at 5.38PM.
I was not expecting the book to reach me so early. But because it did reach me, I was happy like anything. It was also not like, I wanted to read this book, like it’s the only book left on the earth but still I was quite excited.
I started reading this book with a clear thought that it is a book and not a Chetan Bhagat’s book. I wanted a whole together open approach while I read and later review this book. I made sure that I don’t read with an idea, that’s it’s a Chetan Bhagat’s book. So it has to be good.
Story begins with a prologue. It’s about three friends. Gopal, Aarti and Raghav. They lived in Varanasi. They grew together, with different mindsets. One wanted to be rich, other an Airhostess and the last of the lot, wanted to start a Revolution. Gopal, was forced to attend coaching to get into an engineering college and so were others. Aarti, wanted to be an airhostess, but still she prepared for JEE entrance to make her parents happy enough. Raghav, did same for his parents. But he always wanted to be a journalist. He wanted to start a revolution. Boys loved the same girl. And this was the problem.
In the course of life, Gopal, turned to be an Educationist, ironically, he himself never went to a college. Raghav, became a journalist, though he was an Engineering graduate. Aarti, who went through an aviation course works as a Hotel Guest relation officer.
The story takes us through the life at holy city of Varanasi. The battle to get into engineering colleges. The filthy Ganga River. The ghats, the boat rides, the corruption, the revolution.
I’m not going to disclose the whole story here. It’s against my ideology. I mean people have worked day and night to make this book a big hit. I simply can’t put the whole summary of the novel here.
This book is not just another Chetan Bhagat novel. It’s different. It’s different because the standard of this book is much higher than, One night at the call centre, The 3 mistakes of my life and The 2 states. I can’t talk about Five point someone because, I haven’t read it yet.
This book is not written in backdrop of an engineering college or an MBA college; like his previous works. Bhagat, has really grown up in his writing. He has finally come out of ‘College stories’ and has attempted something serious this time.
This book talks about almost everything an average Indian has to go through. Be it property. Be it getting into an engineering college or be it simply getting rich.
The protagonist, in the novel is Gopal, he takes us through the whole story. Everything he faced in his attempt to be rich. From his Father’s illness to setting up a college. From telling Aarti, that he loved her, till he sees Aarti getting married to somebody else. The story presents the dark side of country called India. Gopal, takes us through, his experience of setting up a college, when he himself never went to a college. He is been supported through out by an MLA, who funds him and gets him through all the legal things by using a simple white ‘Envelope’. A simple white ‘Envelope’ with some (extra) green and orange note bundles. Don’t go wrong here, it’s not the paid up capital to start college, rather it’s the paid up bribe.
I’m not sure that whether I should compare or not but genuinely speaking, this book has a lot to connect with Aravind Adiga’s The white tiger. Both the books are written on same ideas but with different backdrop.
Both the books, deals with the corruption in India. And how even the worst things can be worked out with a ‘white envelope’.
At sometime in between R2020 becomes monotonous. The story does not move even a single bit here and there. It continues to revolve around an upcoming engineering college, which became quite boring.
Another thing that Chetan Bhagat, missed out on was presenting the beauty of female character. In his previous books, he with the help of some magic brought the beauty of female characters so perfectly that everybody felt in love with them. He missed out on this in Revolution 2020. It’s like in the Rover by Apra Behn, there was a character named Angelica Bianca. Behn, portrayed her so well that everybody who read that scene could imagine her well in front of their eyes. And this is what Bhagat did in 3 mistakes of life and 2 States. But this was missing in R2020.
The book takes you through a story of 26 yr old Director of an engineering college, who is mad about money but in end becomes a man of great thought and joins in to start a revolution. A revolution which was never his idea. He did it for his motherland. He let his love go. And that too in a way, only a brave man and a true lover can do. He slept with two call girls, so that Aarti, can see it and brings an end to their relationship. And this all because he wants her to be happy.
I have to admit while I close this review. Guys go and read this book.
Thank you, M, for proofreading.