27 October, 2011

Revolution 2020 - [Book review]

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    I recently read a book 'Revolution 2020' by Chetan Bhagat.I started loving Chetan Bhagat's books from the day i read his book 'One night at call centre'.Then, read  all his books - 'Five point someone', 'The 3 mistakes of my life' and '2 states'.Especially, i was impressed with his writing style in simple English.'One night at call centre' has a good message to follow one's own dreams and work hard for it.'Five point someone' and 'The 3 mistakes of my life' are easy going and interesting. My favorite has been '2 states' which shows the attempts of a couple from 2 states (Punjab and Tamil nadu) to convince their parents for their marriage.

             I would say 'Revolution 2020' is more matured concept-wise when compared to other books. 'corrupted education system' and Love triangle form main backdrop of story. Raghav, Gopal and Arti are friends struggling for success and love in Varanasi. Gopal  is relatively poor among friends and couldn't get a good rank enough in entrance test to enter IITs to do engineering. He feels money can give happiness in his life. He loves Arti very much. Raghav is a kind of guy who wants to fight against corruption, any wrong doing in the society and want to bring in revolution in the youth. Arti loves Raghav and Gopal is in deep love with Arti, though she considers him as only her best friend. 

             Unlike other stories of Chetan's , we feel this has more melodrama and emotions. One weak point i feel is author couldn't explain Revolution 2020 clearly. So, i didn't feel the title is apt. Another weak point is, the story seems to be predictable in the last few chapters. One plus point is the way author explained  education system, how students pressurise themselves to get an engineering seat in IITs, how private engineering colleges gain advantage due to this, how easy it is to start and maintain an engineering college in illegal ways with the support of power and money. Another thing i like is, Chetan wont project or judge his characters as heroes or villains. He tries to depict a common man, and it is for us to decide what is right and what is wrong. 

Overall, this is good read for time pass. I feel, '2 states' is the best novel of Chetan Bhagat till date.

Until next time..


  1. Read your blog and it came as pleasant surprise on my counts: one, the template similar to mine; two, I have always admired Chetan Bhagat and three for your article on Tirunelvelli where I commanded a Navy establishment named after the legendary Kattabomman. My wife and I visited the Kariar dam. I wish you had given the fascinating history. All in all, good blog

  2. I liked R2020 a lot. Nice rewiew :)
    - Shanoj

  3. Thanks for reading the blog and commenting Shinoj
    @sunbyanyname is it?.. what a coinceidence :) yes.. kariar dam was fantastic place to visit. Thanks for leaving comment.


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