The latest book that I read by Chetan Bhagat is titled Revolution 2020. I will not go into prodding about how the title of the book is relevant to the actual story of the book because hearing the name of the title, the first thought that came to my mind was a revolutionary story about three best friends who are in the journey to change the world but I was proven wrong after I read the book as it is a far cry from what I actually imagine it would be.
Summary of the Book:
The story evolves around 3 childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti from the holy city of Varanasi.Gopal and Raghav are childhood friends, whilst Aarti is Gopal’s closest friend and love interest. Gopal is from a poor family, Raghav, a middle class family, and Aarti’s family is from a bureaucratic and political background. The three friends hold their own ambitions in life, with Gopal seeking financial wealth, Raghav wanting global political change and Aarti aspiring to work as an air hostess.
Gopal, the protagonist of the story,is on the verge of fullfilling his father’s dream by appearing for engineering exams and going into engineering college to become a reputed engineer.Though he is trying to fullfil his fathers dream, he repeatedly failed to pass the entrance exams which led to him feeling miserable in his life personally as well as emotionally because his friend gopal on the other hand is a bright/er student and successful in getting into an engineering college while he is not.
All these cluttered personal life is hampered by the communalism of their city which led them to protect a Muslim boy while being hunt by the political hindu gang of Gopal’s Godfather aka Mr. Shukla.This incident as mentioned by the author is taken from a real incident which occurs.And the rest of the story goes on which you can read from the book.
My verdict: Even though I respect and agree to the fact that Chetan Bhagat is a good writer as well as the most selling English Author in India, I dont think he justified his status as an author with this book.I feel that the title of the book is misleading(atleast to me) and the story is very predictable and cliché which does not provide anything new or intriguing as his earlier books.
All I can say and recommend is to only read the book if you are a big CB fan or if you just read books for consuming time.