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Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat
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really liked it
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I was tossing up between 4 and 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, and once I actually made the time to sit down with it, I got through it pretty quickly. I didn't want to put it down, so interested in Gopal's story was I.

I don't know a huge amount about India. I visited the country twice this year (which is where I bought the book), but didn't go to Varanasi, where this story takes place. But, having lived in Malaysia for over 4 and a half years now, the corruption described in Gopal's tale seemed pretty familiar to how I hear things are here. I enjoyed getting to know Varanasi through Bhagat's descriptions. His descriptions of tourists amused me, too. There were certainly things I could connect with there, being someone who has regularly been a white tourist in Asia.

For the most part, it was a story that I think people could relate to, no matter what their background is. There were a couple of things that might confuse non-Indian audiences, like when they talk about money in lakhs and crores. It didn't bother me so much once I figured it out (but I had my husband help me understand, as he is more familiar with India than I am).

The love triangle aspect of the story is probably what appealed to me the most. Gopal certainly made me react in a lot of different ways. The ending made me both sad and happy, but I think it worked well with the story and can't imagine it any other way.
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Reading Progress

June 24, 2013 – Started Reading
June 25, 2013 – Shelved
June 25, 2013 –
page 21
7.09%
June 25, 2013 – Shelved as: non-western-writers
June 25, 2013 – Shelved as: own
July 1, 2013 –
page 40
13.51%
July 18, 2013 –
page 95
32.09%
July 20, 2013 –
page 224
75.68% "I don't want to put this book down, but it's bedtime."
July 21, 2013 – Finished Reading

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