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Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  34,286 ratings  ·  1,395 reviews
Book Summary of Revolution 2020 Once upon a time, in small-town India, there lived two intelligent boys. One wanted to use his intelligence to make money. One wanted to use his intelligence to create a revolution. The problem was, they both loved the same girl. Welcome to Revolution 2020. A story about childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti who struggle to find success ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Rupa Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sarika Patkotwar
From Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT to
Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition, Chetan Bhagat is- as Times Of India rightly puts it- the rockstar of Indian publishing.
Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition is going the be the new 'brand' of the Indian youth. The story, set in Varanasi, one of the holiest places in the country, considered to be the destination to go to get rid of your sins, is absolutely practical, definitive and gripping. It is the tale of Gopal, Raghav and
When you name your novel Revolution 2020, one expects a kind of soul searching, revolutionary story about a country that needs change more than ever. But, Revolution 2020 never even comes close to that. Instead, it becomes a highly clichéd love story which has nothing to do with revolution whatsoever. You almost feel that Bhagat wanted to cash in on the Anna Hazare movement against corruption. To say that the story is extremely shallow might be the understatement of the year.

Two boys try to get
Made a me cry tonnes, still red eyed :)
CB knows the art of strumming heart's strings. Definitely worth a read
hlf done....its boring!!!!!
a bigggg disappointment...

i jus realise i dint update dis review ....
lolzz its fully done.....stil boring!!!!!! (lolzz)
evn bigger disappointment.....lolzzzz (donno y m stil laughing )
I will give those two stars only because he and his books never fail to create curiosity and buzz among the people. His marketing skills are indeed wow!
Yours truly including bought the book out of sheer curiosity, gave in to the temptation of reading what the whole of India is reading. And well, was I disappointed?
At the end of the read (296 pages, takes some 4-5 hours) I merely shrugged my shoulders, nodded my head and smiled..cos Chetan Bhagat does it again! Writes a book instead of a movie sc
Antara Ghosh
Why oh why must everyone keep harping on the darn issue of men and women cant be friends?
If they are friends now, then they are either a) will become lovers eventually. b) one of them will manipulate the other to get money/convenience/sex.

I am a woman, with I think at least as many men friends as women. I have managed to keep my friends (both men and women), without resorting to hugging or kissing them frequently, letting any of them pay for my cups of coffee constantly, and taking advantage of
Vivek Maskara
this was a good chetan bhagat book. the ending wasnt convincing. Country over love so suddenly didnt appeal to me
Varun A
This the first Chetan Bhagat's boook i have read....

I really love this book ..... The triangle love between Gopal , Aarthi and Raghav...

Very good fiction that makes me to feel like in reality....when i started reading this book . its moves slowly after some pages...i get in through the books. That it makes me to feel i am inside the story....

Gopal : the real hero of the book who had tough time to get struggled with his family...and get a wish and settled in life with the help of MLA Shukla ji...
Vinshikha Mudaliar
Every time Chetan Bhagat comes out with a new book, he manages to capture the interest and the awe of today’s youth. Every book brings out a bigger level of expectation than the one before. But unfortunately the book does not fulfill the craving of a book worm like me and leaves me disappointed.

“Revolution 2020” the title is irrelevant till the last few chapters of the book. The tag line “love, corruption, ambition” describes it perfectly. The story is set in Varanasi, one of holiest places in
Abhranil Dutta
2.5 stars is the most i can give it to dis book..!!

When you pick a chetan bhagat's book, you dnt expect that the book would be intellectual or have good english literature..! So dnt expect these..!!

The story is abt three childhood frndz Gopal, Raghav and Aarti..!
The story is told frm Gopal's point of view.

Gopal is a ordinary a bit frustated guy wants to make more and more money in his life..!
Raghav is a scholar guy who wants to bcm a journalist and have sparks of revolution in him..!
Aarti is a
Nov 16, 2011 Ankit rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ankit by: Vishvesh
Revolution 2020??? For what? Love?, Ambition?, Money?
A really heart touching story driven by Chetan Bhagat.
The first time in my life i was not able to control my emotions at the end of the story & resulted into frustrate which became serious concern to my Parents seating beside me. :)
Life doesn't provide second chance to fetch your true which once lost before.
Fortunately Mr. Gopal Mishra got this opportunity, but Fuck Off Gopal!!!, how can you let your love go by giving such a disaster hurt?
Srikar Malapaka
Storyline: Revolution 2020 is a story about 3 childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti. They have their own ambitions. Aarti wanted to become an air hostess. Raghav gets a rank in IIT-JEE and joins IT BHU. Though he joined in engineering, journalism was his passion and he wanted to bring a change in the country. Gopi’s only wish is to make lots of money. He couldn’t get into IIT in his first attempt. So he joins as a ‘repeater’ in a coaching centre in Kota, spending the entire savings of his fa ...more
Rahul Nath
Pretentious idealism crossed with clear dreams of a Bollywood adaptation. And yet Bhagat talks of a revolution. How I ask, with that content in your book, do you intend on stirring people into a revolution? All you do is point out the obvious flaws noticeable to everyone, what have you suggested to battle it?

I'll go out on a limb here and call Chetan Bhagat an idiot. Usually, I avoid namecalling authors but he does consider himself to be India's literary saviour, prides himself on it infact and
Apr 30, 2015 Navaneeta rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people whose idea of literature is an absolute zero.
Chetan Bhagat's heroines are horny, good looking, birdbrained creatures who inspire contempt in me and I absolutely dote on Bhagat for his vivid imagination in developing such chimeras.
Asra Ghouse
Oct 29, 2011 Asra Ghouse rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away from this book.
Shelves: indian-fiction
Two words: terrible book.

I liked a Chetan Bhagat book. (Confesses and dies).
Rupa has given Chetan a better editorial team this time around. But really, not bad at all and very apt for the current mood in the country with the anti-corruption drive.
Vishi Sinha
You may love Chetan Bhagat (CB), You may hate CB, but you can't just ignore CB.

I love him because he forced a generation to read and inspired a breed of authors to follow his footprints.

I (pretend to) hate him because he has not authored anything great as compared to the rich literature India already had produced......still my generation find him the only author to be read.

I did not like him much except in Five Point Someone, and to some extent in 2 States. Still I have read all of his works and
Padmanabhan Pappan
Storyline: Revolution 2020 is a story about 3 childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti. They have their own ambitions. Aarti wanted to become an air hostess. Raghav gets a rank in IIT-JEE and joins IT BHU. Though he joined in engineering, journalism was his passion and he wanted to bring a change in the country. Gopi’s only wish is to make lots of money. He couldn’t get into IIT in his first attempt. So he joins as a ‘repeater’ in a coaching centre in Kota, spending the entire savings of his fa ...more
Rushabh Shah
Well just completed reading the book at one go, I could not put it down after reading a 100 pages or something. Many of the students out there would be able to identify with the main characters failure in getting an admission into an iit or getting a better rank.
It very rightly brings out the issues of corruption in the Indian educational system. In fact many of the Indian students would have came across this type of malpractices.
The book using these issues as the background starts really very
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
I don't know where to start with!after reading the first ten pages, I remembered myself taking an oath of not reading in novels at public places! The inside humor will make u giggle and people around u will give u peculiar stares!!

I got what I wanted from this book!! It was very much entertaining and touchy sometimes! A solid cute begining, felt boring in the middle and again a gripping ending!!

CB's narration was as usual simple and effective! He has a different style of describing a girl! I al
ok. so far i usually think people who berate chetan bhagat are being literary snobs. after all any book that entertains is good. but now.....this book is awful!........not a single character has depth. i give it one star instead of zero stars because it did give me some info about varanasi, kota and about setting up of private colleges.......which is all so true and so relevant......only wish he had hired a ghost writer to write a book about these points......i wonder if he did use one to write ...more
Manikanta Avinash
This is the best book written by Chetan Bhagat in my view. That doesn't mean this book is good. I always hated him and I didnt especially like this book either. For one thing, the title is relevant only maybe in the last 50 pages or so. And he can't avoid referring to IITs in every book. The first half of the book is the main character sulking about his bad grades, repeater for JEE fight and stuff with his love story running in parallel. Looks like he is trying to cash in on the 3 idiots mania(m ...more
I found this book to be an absolute page turner.The premise is love,but the emotion never becomes kitschy or mushy.Corruption and ambition are recurrent themes that make the book more intriguing.

The backdrop is Varanasi or Benares.The story starts with the struggles of an average student who HAS to do well for his future coz his past and present don't have much to support him. And this takes us through Kota,through the crazy IIT,AIEEE preps which Mr.Bhagat seems to know very well.

And the protago
Dushyant Shetty
I read this in one sitting cover to cover, something I have done with most Chetan Bhagat books so far. As always, he fully utilizes his uncanny ability to articulate ordinary situations and conversations in a thoroughly entertaining manner. This book also represents the most detailed research among all CB books I have read so far. As real as the shady and not-so shady education enterprises were, the characters were oversimplified. I guess CB's evolution represents an increase in the complexity o ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Gooseberry rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Shelves: youth-fiction
Well, I am not very much familiar with English books.But I like this one because I read this book the evening I wrote the JEE EXAM.I find this book gloomier and cloudy though it seems very real by narrator's character and essential to explain the perspective of the story.I find this book is about a boy who is struggling to come up in life.Even though this book seems to be realistic it is hard to believe the set of events while the story unfolds.This is story of a hard worker but his character la ...more
Bharat Jhurani
Chetan Bhagat is still the rockstar of Indian writing, and his fifth book just reaffirms the same. A modest story set in a small town, with typical elements of love, Ambition, Corruption, system and YOUTH, laden with a liberal dose of sex. A total potboiler.

The setting is again in a college, though in a different way this time. With a slogan like “Love. Corruption. Ambition.” , and a title like “Revolution 2020”, there was a fear that Chetan would tread the preachy path and come up with a boring
Vinit Nair
This is one of the best Chetan Bhagat books I have read. The previous Chetan Bhagat book I liked was One Night at Call Center. There could have been lot of thing which would have gone wrong with this book but author made the right decision at the right time.

We are presented with another love triangle. Two good friends are in love with a girl. One of them is intelligent and wants to start a revolution, another one wants to make lots of money. The girl is besties with the guy who wants to make mo
Ravi Mandliya
As it is said, you either hate Chetan's book or love them, but anyhow you end up reading them. I would say it is readable, even though The "Revolution 2020" appears to be in the later thinner part of the book, 80% of the book is story of a failure who has failed in love, career and as we put it - in Life, who had no option but to be corrupt for his ambition-money. It would connect in bits and pieces to people like me "engineers who failed to get into IITs" and spent a precious year in the city " ...more
Overall its a nice book to read. The author has kept his earlier reputation of writing in simple yet captivating way. Story line is also a perfect balance of realism & fiction in proportion.

But even after all theses positives, I found it a bit less grasping than earlier books. May be my expectation levels have rose. Personal views:

Gopal - Beautifully described character throughout the book depicting various human natures.

Aarti - Emotionally confused.

Raghav - Under utilized I guess.

And yes I
Janet H.
An easy read. If you don't already know about India's educational cramming system and the all-pervasive corruption involved in setting up crammer colleges, it provides bit of an eye-opener. If you do already know, or suspect, you're likely to relish the humour with which Bhagat traces the rise of his ne'er do well anti-hero from exam failure to success as director of an engineering college.

However, the simplicity of style means that the book cannot really qualify as a literary classic. Character
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Chetan Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth and issues based on national development. Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading MNCs and other institutions. He quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing.

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