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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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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
Sarika Patkotwar
Oct 07, 2011 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
Oct 07, 2011 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
daph pink
Keeping the typos, grammatical errors and his non literary language aside, there are a million things about him that we can loathe, and not be wrong about.
First, truly sensuous descriptions of the sex scenes, like they did in KANTI SHAH’S ‘ANGOOR’{ If you know what I mean!}
Now speaking of this shit!!!
Revolution 2020- book has nothing to do with the title. It was a mere narration of unrelated incident that happen in 2 different cities.
Believe me, there wasn’t any revolution or
Antara Ghosh
May 29, 2012 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
Oct 12, 2011 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 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
Varun A
Jun 07, 2013 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...
Tamoghna Biswas
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m simply astounded that this came to be one of the most popular, and liked YA novels in India. Okay. Skip the lecture. Everyone to his or her choices and all that. But if, I say, if after reading this entire ‘book’ you agree with the author that our so-called protagonist is a good guy, then shame on you.

I had no intention of reviewing this book, but I’m through the massive David Copperfield, and that demands me to stop reading more than one at a time. Also, the title in here says 2020, so I th
Vivek Maskara
May 12, 2012 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
Nov 16, 2011 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???
Aditya Mallya
Feb 03, 2012 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
Vinshikha Mudaliar
Jun 13, 2012 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
Abhranil Dutta
Oct 08, 2011 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
Rahul Nath
Dec 19, 2012 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
Srikar Malapaka
Oct 07, 2011 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
Oct 21, 2011 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 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away from this book.
Shelves: indian-fiction
Two words: terrible book.

Vishi Sinha
Apr 20, 2012 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
Nov 12, 2011 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.
Madhu murugesan
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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... ...more
Padmanabhan Pappan
Sep 15, 2012 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
Jan 20, 2016 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 t
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Totally HATE the ending!
Vinit Nair
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Rushabh Shah
Oct 12, 2011 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 16, 2011 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 18, 2012 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
Akshat Solanki
Dec 22, 2015 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
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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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