Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat, Not bad

Everything goes fine till he discovers that Aarti and Raghav are in a relationship. The revelation changes him completely and what seems to be a love story in the beginning turns out to be a tale of revenge, corruption and lust. 

Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat is a 2011 novel, a love triangle, laced with the elements of revenge, corruption and self-admiration. Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat is a love triangle, set against the backdrop of rampant corrupt engineering coaching industry. Gopal, the narrator and protagonist is a son of a poor school teacher. He has been shown in love with a beautiful and rich girl Aarti from his school days. However, Aarti treats Gopal as her best friend with whom she can share all her secrets.

I quite liked the way adolescence one-sided affair has been written by Chetan Bhagat who seems to be in perfect pitch with teenagers’ feelings. However, he goes wayward at certain instances, possibly to make the events more dramatic and appeal to his target audience.

Raghav, Gopal’s childhood friend, is a rich boy like Aarti and is a hotshot guy with a heart of gold. Though both Gopal and Raghav were preparing for engineering, both have their own aspirations.

While Raghav wants to be a journalist and intends to bring about the social change, Gopal’s only ambition was to become rich. The story gets a twist when Raghav gets into Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Gopal fails to make it to any reputed engineering college. His ailing father then borrows money to enroll him to a coaching institute in Kota.

Most of times, the plot goes clichéd. Poor father, economic burden, emotional blackmails are something that we have been seeing and reading for years. This is what makes the R2020 an inferior case to his first and the best book – Five Point Someone.

Everything goes fine till he discovers that Aarti and Raghav are in a relationship. The revelation changes him completely and what seems to be a love story in the beginning turns out to be a tale of revenge, corruption and lust.

This is the part that the author has well described. It shows that Mr. Bhagat has done some research about the book. I remember reading somewhere that he stayed in Varanasi for sometime to research on the topic. And, it has come out decent if not good.

For some reason, I like Revolution 2020, probably for how he describes the rise of Gopal as a ambitious and opportunist entrepreneur. This is one of the handful of Chetan Bhagat’s novels that seems to be based on some good research on the subject. I also like this book for the narration, which, unlike his other books, possesses a flow. The novel also deserves accolades as it stands true to the psyche of the narration.

Overall, it’s worth of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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