Revolution 2020 is a story cum love triangle of three friends: Gopal,Aarti and Rahgav.
It has been written in the backdrop of holy city Varanasi.
Gopal is the narrator of the story
The story starts when all 3 are in class V of Sunbeam school. Gopal loves Aarti since school days. Gopal is from poor background whose father is gravely ill, Raghav is from upper middle class family whereas Aarti is daughter of rich IAS officer having good political history.
All three are ambitious, though in different ways. Gopal wants to be rich, Aarti wants to be air hostess whereas Raghav wants to bring a change in system(society).
Raghav is excellent in studies whereas Gopal is mediocre and Aarti has different plans altogether.
Sea change comes in their lives when Raghav cracks JEE and AIEEE whereas Gopal fails twice. Aarti who was sweetheart of Gopal starts drifting away from Gopal towards Raghav and then starts a strange game of jealousy, pain, success and failure.
Gopal takes wrong path to start an engineering college and amasses wealth under the guidance of local MLA who is now father figure to Gopal in all his bad deeds, whereas Raghav dumps a lucrative career of a software engineer in Infosys to become a reporter in order to revolutionize society.
The story revolves around these three characters all the time , which has all shades of love,sex,betraal,success,defeat,struggle etc.
The end is quite unpredictable for anyone. Writer does not try to justify who is right or wrong, rather leaves this to readers’ discretion.
USP of the novel:
The story tells about typical struggle of any engineering aspirant, love pangs of any teenager for his childhood crush and actual state of affairs of political system and corruption which has deeply seeped into our system.
Any person who has undergone failure in his first attempt of cracking JEE or other entrance exam and consequences arriving out of the treatment of friends, relatives and society can very well touch chord with the story.
Aany person who has fell in love with someone during his preparation years can very well relate to the setup and this story also conveys what not to when you are in love and at the same time career is at stake.
Chetan has tried to portray typical nature of girls in his own style.
Simple language of the novel will keep you engaged (but not hooked)
Quotations worth mentioning:
“Regret- This feeling has to be one of the biggest manufacturing defects in humans. We keep regretting even though there is no point to it.”
“GEMS-Group of Extra Meritorious Students. Gems comprised of ultra geeks who would prefer solving physics problems to having sex and for whom fun means memorising the periodic table.”
“ A girl’s “I’m Fine” especially with capital “F” is like an “iceberg ahead” sign for a ship.”
“Girls always leave subtle phrases as qualifiers, so you can’t put them in a spot later.”
“ Losers, even if they don’t have a brain, have a heart.”
“ It is amazing how the brain will connect one thought to another until it gets where it wants to be.”
“ That’s what human relationships are about-selective sharing and hiding information to the point of crazy confusion.”
“Girls can come up with the simplest of messages that leave the most complex meanings.”
“Maybe that innocent, good part of us never dies- we just trample upon it for a while.”
“Life may not offer you the same chance twice.”
What I didn’t like in this novel:
This is 5th book of Chetan Bhagat. He has tried his level best to live up to the expectations set up by Five Point someone , his first book,which I think is his best book so far.
But Revolution2020 fails to entertain. Even the wits and humour for which CB is known is missing in this book.
The story is somewhat filmy and seems to be having shades of the movie Rajneeti or any other love triangle.The title of the novel does justify the theme .
About the author:
Chetan Bhagat is the author of four bestselling novels –Five point someone,One Night@callcentre,The 3 mistakes of my life and 2 States: Story of my life.
Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 and has been full time writer. He was pass out of IIT-Delhi and IIM Ahemdabad. He writes guest columns in a national daily newspaper.
Rating : 3/5
Though I have been a fan of Chetan Bhagat myself but this book has failed to impress me.
Hoping his next book will not disappoint his readers. 🙂