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What Young India Wants

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In his latest book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat asks hard questions, demands answers and presents solutions for a better, more prosperous India.

Why do our students regularly commit suicide?
Why is there so much corruption in India?
Cant our political parties ever work together?
Does our vote make any difference at all?
We love our India, but shouldnt some things be d
Paperback, 181 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Rupa Publications (first published August 6th 2012)
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Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-2-cents

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Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat !

If this book does even 1/10th of the magic of what he has been able to do with his earlier books (brought reading back in fashion for a net addicted generation, inspired hundreds and thousands of indians to write, with his simple straight english reached hinterlands of india where english language reading was scarcely there ) - he would have made a much more significant difference to India than a lot of intelligent thinkers out there.

This book will be re
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bold title, blonde text!
Not for those who prefer serious reading and love facts over moral science.
Crestless Wave
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some people call him Rockstar Author, while some say India’s most Loved Author, some other call him “One of Most Influential Person” (Ranked 21 by TIME magazine in 2010m in Artiste category), and he is often considered as a Youth Icon. But does everyone truly love this person? Not really, critics hate his writing style; his articles in various newspapers are considered as ‘Blabber of a Lesser Known’, and his novels are often tagged as ‘Bubblegum Literature’. However, he shuts them all by his pol ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Chetan Bhagat's novels would quite obviously ensure nobody in their right mind would expect literary excellence in his writing. His column in TOI is, generally as a rule, tailored to increase his stated fan base / target group of semi-urban teens and early tweens. However, I've liked him in the couple of his early interviews that I've watched where he comes forth in a clear and lucid manner, without a hint of apology, embarrassment or sarcasm, on why he writes the way he writes. It's pure busine ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chetan Bhagat’s What Young India wants is What Young India Want esp. As youngsters we always have questions such as

• Why do our students regularly commit suicide?
• Why is there so much corruption in India?
• Can’t our political parties ever work together?
• Does our vote make any difference at all?
• We love our India, but shouldn’t some things be different?

The book throws light to these questions giving answers to some of them. Written in the simplistic style of Chetan Bhagat the book is the comp
After reading this book I have come to the conclusion that Chetan Bhagat must be considered a "voice for the youth of [India]" because his level of nuance and critical thought is basically indistinguishable from that of a well-intentioned but not very self-aware 12 year old boy.

Some of his essays were just goofy simple (India would be a lot better off if politicians would just stop being corrupt), some were offensive (Women are really important because if they weren't around men would let their
Anoop Chatterjee
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
The author tries to bring out some important issues facing India today. Though the book begins with the understanding that politicians are only a mirror of the contemporary culture and mindset of the society in general and that blaming the politicians alone is unfair the general society is also to blame, the rest of the book is primarily a rant about how corrupt the politicians are.

The book has its own highs and lows in the topics it raises and the solutions it proposes. It touches upon some les
Darshana Unnikrishnan
i appreciate the concern of chetan bhagat for the condition of india n his ideas for a change... but i think when some of them are really good, many others are as if we are living in a dream land... as if things can be changed easily... its india n always things are connected to one another... thus resolving issues are most of the time complicated...

another thing is dnt expect the book to be full of facts... reality is its chetan bhagat n u can only expect a less fact more fiction covering on th
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
As part of my renewed interest in India, I picked up this collection of essays by a popular English-writing novelist, Chetan Bhagat. Bhagat's novels are not only bestsellers in India, but Bollywood movies as well.

Bhagat admits that he is just one lone, idealistic voice in messy jumble of Indian politics, but he makes a worthy attempt to identify some of India's most grievous issues. For example, in the blurb for the book, Bhagat poses a number of questions, first and foremost, "Why do our stude
Tushar Mangl
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Intentions of the book are good. The topics picked up by the author are good and relevant but they lack depth and discussion appears shallow. As if we are chatting about the world in a cocktail party.
Saurav Karmakar
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some people call him Rockstar Author, while some say India’s most Loved Author, some other call him “One of Most Influential Person” (Ranked 21 by TIME magazine in 2010m in Artiste category), and he is often considered as a Youth Icon. But does everyone truly love this person? Not really, critics hate his writing style; his articles in various newspapers are considered as ‘Blabber of a Lesser Known’, and his novels are often tagged as ‘Bubblegum Literature’ and even once he was called 'Rakhi Saw ...more
Anirudh Kulkarni
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Important read for the aspiring youth. The book is as relevant today as it was 8 years ago (when released). Not much has changed, but many things need to be changed. Gives you a real, relatable perspective of India through the eyes of its majority young people who are upset with the system and are looking to make it better for themselves and for the generations to come. Reading this book takes you on a ride through varied emotions, and will also make you appreciate your life more. Give this book ...more
Gurpvit Singh
Jan 23, 2022 rated it did not like it
Chetan bhagat supermacy .. ultra god writer .. praise praise the lord you bibliophiles.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Engineering from IIT, MBA from IIM and finally ending up being an author (or maybe a scriptwriter for bollywood). How confused is this man (who wants to change India) about himself? I find wasting so much of hardwork and money in such prestigious fields stupid but he chooses to rant about it for first 10 pages. He is the first author who brags so much about himself I've come across.
And after reading all the bragging I can't help but being opinionated about him. Now, as far as main content is con
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
It is just a okay book. Its not for the people who understand ill effect of corruption very well. I won't say that you can give this book a miss. I would not say its a revolutionary book either. Some chapters are really good. Some are okay. Few are really bullshit.
Having said that, this book ( and books like this) must be introduced to teenagers as a snapshot of current India. They need not only to be aware of issues, but understand them as well. This book fairs well in that department.
I do no
Indira Mukhopadhyay
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All young Indians
Having gone through all the 125 reviews of this book, I think there is not much left to say.
There is one thing about Chetan Bhagat's writing, you love it or hate it but can't ignore it.
It starts a thought process in you. If you think he is not correct then you star thinking that it should be like this. That's what he wants from our youths. Awake and start thinking. He is successful at that be it his fiction stories or this particular book.
His writing style is simple, sensible and effective. He
Umesh Kesavan
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Naive and superficial analysis of vital issues that govern our times.I liked that final short story - a Chetan Bhagat novel in miniature.
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Author – Chetan Bhagat
My Rating – 4.4 / 5

Something non-fiction written by an author who is well-known for his fiction writings, itself gave the readers a keen interest. His readers must have expected him to write something fun, romantic and dramatic writings as he always does in his alternative style. Maintaining the same style he just changed the content and the content is about suicides, corruption, poor health facilities and education which doesn’t brings up innovating
Sweta Gorania
Jan 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022, english
I kind of liked all the ideas the author talked about in this book. We as a society need to change and ponder upon so many things if we want to be better and improve. This book can give ideas about where to start thinking and about what!
Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on : http://satyasurya.wordpress.com/2012/...

Read Chetan Bhagat’s What Young India wants over the weekend. This book, the first non-fiction work of Chetan Bhagat, is actually a collection of selected essays and columns Chetan Bhagat has written for various Indian news papers. The book covers a wide range of topics from corruption, terrorism, economics, foreign relations, falling standards in education, dearth of seats and suicidal tendencies among India’s youth to nam
Apr 11, 2022 rated it it was ok
Picked this up just to confirm personally how bad it is.
The ONLY silver lining I could think of was that, since the book is about politics and issues in the country, it might be that his target audience (who are usually folks who like easy reads about young Indians which also confirms every stereotype there is) might ponder over these topics for even a minute. And maybe a thin slice of them might even be inspired to introspect and educate themselves about these issues.

Except that imagined silve
Socrates Chinniah
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Debutants , Beginners , People interested in Social issues concerning India
Complex issues in a really ( i mean really really ) simple way.

Expect: Simple essays that concerns the nation (Infrastructure, Corruption, Terrorism,Indian Attitude,Politicians and Political scenario).

Don’t Expect: Insights into the issues through mode of statistics / detailed information and inference and suggestions that could provide solution to the problems faced by the Indian society.

Important: People who are fascinated by works of Malcolm gladwell , Steven levitt , Tim harford or Pau
Sougata Ray
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
When I was halfway through this book I was thinking that while rating this at goodreads I will take out two stars,
meaning I will give it 3 stars. Of course there were reasons for that. Firstly, the first few pages looked like
bragging to me, though it seems that he tried to make sure that no one questions his credibility. Secondly, the
solutions he articulated for some of the issues were far more simple and far-fetched in the context of present
circumstances. Sure the solutions were good, but st
Nov 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you live in India then you will come across Chetan Bhagat inevitably. He is there on your television screen, your bookstore, your magazines, your newspaper. You just cannot avoid him. What's worse? He is coronated with gimmicky titles that are flashed in a style of brazen vanity such as the rockstar of Indian literature and 100 most influential people in the world. Oh! and here is more - Youth icon of India. The last one is definitely the most grating on my nerves. Never mind that I find the ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Chetan Bhagat touches on the issues he is aware of in India & puts a definition that this is what youngsters in India are worried about. Most of the issues he mentioned in these columns compiled into this book are comes under the wide categories of corruption, Indian education system, governance, political policies & poverty. Though the solutions as he puts are not deep enough at least the issues posed are very generic & definitely needs to be discussed. There are few articles which seem to be r ...more
Lekshmi Mridula
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's an easy read with short chapters on social issues.The author has tried to suggest solutions or general approaches for most issues.He has successfully avoided two main traps that a book of this sort could fall into - that of being overly critical and pessimistic about the situation like 'intellectuals' tend to be , and making each discussion a rhetoric of their own knowledge of the issue with scant thoughts on a solution.Having said that, not all suggestions are The answer to the problem at ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Just finished off with the latest in the offering by Chetan Bhagat. The book offers a comprehensive outlook into the turmoils facing the state of the nation, its hopes, and the aspirations of a billion minds. It primarily focuses on the corruption status at the heart of the very system that governs each and every one of us, social issues, and the rage and needs of the current generations and the author's view points on resolving and tackling such issues of shear magnitude. But however i don't co ...more
Shilpa bagla
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
though i don't generally read non-fiction this having been written by one of my favorite author made me want to read it.Even though i am not a citizen of India and i really don't know much about it's politics i can say i liked the way the author has pointed out how the corruption and the politics of India is destroying it's people and i agree that only if poverty is controlled then the country can progress in a positive direction.Well for the people living in India i really think they should giv ...more
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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. In 2008, The New York Times c ...more

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