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Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat
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Dec 27, 11

Read in November, 2011

The paperback king is back again with a catchy title……let us see whether the revolution is effective.
Story line: Gopal, aarti and raghav are childhood friends. Raghav clears IIT entrance exam, enters BHU and also wins aarti’s heart. Then he gives up Infosys job offer and opens a newspaper called revolution 2020. But Gopal neither succeeds IIT entrance nor aarti’s heart nor to save his diseased father. Frustrated Gopal seeks the help of a corrupted MLA and opens an engineering college with the help of that MLA. Then he starts to impose many problems to raghavs’s newspaper and almost destroys it. He also impresses aarti and attracts her to his side. What happens to raghav’s newspaper? Whether Gopal married aarti? Read revolution 2020 for a touching climax.
Positive aspects: The description of Varanasi is brilliant and it is the only thing that makes you to turn pages. The steps Gopal takes to open an engineering college makes you wonder how corrupted our system is. This part will make you focused on the novel. It also explains how our politician will disturb you when you want to develop India’s fate. The climax is really praiseworthy and the message the author tries to tell to the young India is really worthy. It surely will touch your bottom heart.
Non positive aspects: Chetan continues to render many clichés in this novel also. He portrays IIT fever in this novel also. I guess in India there are a lot more problems are there other than IIT. Then unnecessary description of Gopal and aarti’s love making keeps irritating. What are you trying to evoke to your readers by such unnecessary depictions, Chetanji? The novel almost falls flat in childhood and Kota sequence. The character description of aarti is ambiguous. It is disgusting that she swaps her boyfriend like changing dress. The novel doesn’t disclose any great revolution as the title suggests. It makes you wonder why MLA believes Gopal so much such as he makes his benomy and offers him to be next MLA . It will only enlighten the starting point of a revolution. So it may disappoint those who expect something like the title suggests.
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