Name: What India Young Wants
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Readers age group : Above 15 +
Confessions: I have never,never read any of Bhagat’s newspaper essays and Columns.
I am not a fan of Chetan Bhagat,but for some reasons I tend to read all his books. Same was with his first non-fiction book : What Young India Wants. Like his last book, I was able to per-order, Bhagat’s new book and it reached me before launch only. Though, I was unable to give it a read instantly as I was on my way to office when book was delivered.
This is Bhagat’s first non-fiction and is more like a collection of his newspaper articles.
The book takes your through the journey Bhagat has been on till date. He was successfully able to convey his idea of ‘My Great Indian Dream‘ and ‘What Young India Wants’.
Before I started this book I had certain per-notions about this book, but thankfully, none came out to be true. This book is an absolute pleasure to read; even though it does not have any of those ‘Bhagat-trademark-fiction-scenes’. The book has some thought-proving articles that will surely make one think about his or her responsibility towards society and understand the major problems prevailing in our country.
The book is divided into three chapters and two short stories. In chapters Bhagat talks about society, politics, economy and the youth. The two fictions stories are meant to add the fictional element out of which ‘Off Ducks and Crocodiles’ sucks badly. Whereas reading ‘Cut-off’ made me think that I have read this somewhere,but don’t remember where and when.`
The book has covered all-most all the sections and areas of concern in our country – from Bhopal tragedy to politician-industrialist socializing to how the ‘failed’ talent is not accepted in our society.
Bhagat has acted to be a very rational person throughout the book. His choice of taking up these issues defines the problems faced by contemporary India.
Don’t forget to give read below mentioned lines from book thoroughly :
- “Yes..America is materialistic….wrongdoer a lesson” pg.8
- “Do we really….devices” pg. 105
- “Thus, people…future to them” pg 125
- Pg 145
- Pg 149
- “Yes, hostels….the calculator” Pg 154
Another things which is most important about this book is that it DOES NOT NECCESIARLY answer all the questions mentioned at the back :
- Why do our students regularly commit suicide? (something thing fishy in this sentence ! grammatical non sequitur )
- Why is there so much corruption in India?
- Can’t our political parties ever work together?
- Does our vote make any difference at all?
- We love our India, but shouldn’t some things be different?
P.S. This post was actually posted on August 11 2012 and not on August 6th as shown in Time Stamp.
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