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Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition

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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 2011)
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Sarika Patkotwar
Sep 09, 2012 Sarika Patkotwar rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2011 Claussius rated it liked it
Made a me cry tonnes, still red eyed :)
CB knows the art of strumming heart's strings. Definitely worth a read
Nov 13, 2011 Reena rated it it was ok
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 )
Dec 15, 2011 Pari rated it it was ok
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
May 29, 2012 Antara Ghosh rated it did not like it
Shelves: faltu
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
Varun A
Jul 27, 2013 Varun A rated it it was amazing
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...
Vivek Maskara
May 12, 2012 Vivek Maskara rated it really liked it
this was a good chetan bhagat book. the ending wasnt convincing. Country over love so suddenly didnt appeal to me
Abhranil Dutta
Oct 13, 2011 Abhranil Dutta rated it it was ok
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
Vinshikha Mudaliar
Jun 14, 2012 Vinshikha Mudaliar rated it did not like it
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
Nov 16, 2011 Ankit rated it it was ok
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
Oct 07, 2011 Srikar Malapaka rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2013 Rahul Nath rated it did not like it
Shelves: run-away-quickly
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
Nov 12, 2011 Ayushi rated it liked it
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.
Apr 30, 2015 Navaneeta rated it did not like it
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 did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away from this book.
Shelves: indian-fiction
Two words: terrible book.

Aditya Mallya
Jan 27, 2016 Aditya Mallya rated it liked it
I am in the midst of a reading challenge that is leading me to some quirky book choices. "A famous author's first book" gave me The Mysterious Affair at Styles, "A book by an author with your initials" led me to Winnie the Pooh, etc. When I arrived at "A book with bad reviews", I would have been betraying everything I stand for as a human being if I had not selected a Chetan Bhagat novel. So, with the indulgent chuckle of a sommelier sipping a mango lassi, a Chetan Bhagat I did choose: the one w ...more
Vishi Sinha
Sep 17, 2012 Vishi Sinha rated it liked it
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
Jan 27, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
If you really love, let it go.

This is not my theory at all but a conclusion I perceive the author believes based on reading this book.
When you read a book were the three main characters are two guys and a girl you kind of have an idea of where the plot will take you. The girl will be the adored prize for which the two guys will duel. This story is no different. The two guys are Gopal and Raghav. The source of their admiration and desire is Aarti. It's a coming of age story in the way that thi
Padmanabhan Pappan
Sep 15, 2012 Padmanabhan Pappan rated it liked it
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
Madhu murugesan
Feb 10, 2016 Madhu murugesan rated it it was ok
I was just humbugged by the reviews given by my frnds & was just waste of time....i dont no why the story is so horrible...
Clarke Carter
Aug 11, 2016 Clarke Carter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-shelf
This was seriously one of the pettiest books I've ever read. I thought it'd be some cool revolutionary story, you know, and all I got was two boys fighting over and getting jealous over one girl. Most basic and clichest plot-line I've ever come across. Shitty characters who make you want to jump into the Pacific Ocean and drown, encouraging men to rape, and romanticizing women's bodies. The stereotypes were the worst though. How women were generalized under one category with "why are girls alway ...more
Akshat Solanki
Dec 22, 2015 Akshat Solanki rated it liked it
This is the best book in the CB category so far.
The reason is the cleanliness of plot (Not that clean but still cleaner than the rest) and simplicity of minds.
I liked the character of Gopal because other 2 have got nothing much to do in the story.
I don't understand, why CB revolves around IIT preparation, exams and more often sexual activities.
If he avoids this thing he can be a literary legend(Not to forget his up to the mark English), it was a sarcasm by me.
I can't stop laughing on the way he
Rushabh Shah
Oct 12, 2011 Rushabh Shah rated it really liked it
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 Challapalli
Oct 17, 2011 Harish Challapalli rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance fiction lovers
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
Jun 21, 2012 Suchitra rated it did not like it
Shelves: by-us-for-us
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
Ayustika ( ThatBibliophicCauldron )
I wasn’t expecting to like this book when I read the synopsis. I thought it’d be like a common romance triangle and I’d end up getting bored. First of all, even though it is 296 pages long and the font isn’t exactly large or anything, it hardly takes much time to read. Didn’t even take me a day to finish this one.
When I started it, I was surprised to find that I could actually connect with it! The feeling of uselessness. The feeling that what the heck did I do all these years. The shame that com
Seji Dendi
May 06, 2016 Seji Dendi rated it really liked it
Totally HATE the ending!
Manikanta Avinash
Oct 16, 2011 Manikanta Avinash rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
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
Aug 04, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
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
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