[Review]~Revolution 2020…

16 Nov

For a man who stood up against Mr. Narayana Murthy’s view of IITs churning out students with diminished intellect, God decided to punish me. I realized my folly when I remembered that Mr. Murthy himself was an ex-IITian. I seemed to have committed a sin and God happens to punish every sinner in his own way – yes, even if he’s an IIT-IIM graduate.

Being experienced and having done it all – churn out stories, argue with random people within the 140 character limit, advise strangers even when they haven’t asked for it, write newspaper columns just cos Ms. De writes it – I was confident about my dealings with God when the right time arrived. After-all, I’m the one and only Chetan Bhagat.

So when God appeared in front of me: 
God: “So I hear from my secretary that you deserve to be punished, for you’ve committed a sin. A silly one, I’d like to point out.”
Me: “Oh lord, I realize that I did a mistake by arguing with someone of the same blood. Pardon me with minimal punishment, if at all. Please take into consideration that I dedicated the entire climax of my second book to your character.”
God: “Hmmm…no negotiations would suffice for I’ve already decided on your punishment. Your punishment is that you’d turn into your own reader for a day and review your upcoming fifth book – Revolution2020 – and give an honest opinion.”
Me: “Oh no! The book is ready for release. If I had known earlier that this would have happened, I would have written it better!”
God: “ROFL…I know that, but this is my way of a practical punishment. By the way, to make you feel a little better, my secretary is a big fan of your books. Silly girl.”

And here is what I submitted to God as a reader’s review of my own book:

As I finished reading the book, I immediately made note of these 3 pointers I learnt from Chetan Bhagat:
1. Everyone has a story to tell if one is ready to listen, be it on a train or inside a hospital room.
2. While narrating a story, description of the plot/place matters – even if the story seems/remains to be the same.
3. Sex sells.

I felt the book has been written with 70mm celluloid dreams in mind (UTV, today bagged the movie rights of the book!!). Gopal, Aarti and Raghav are the three main characters in the storyline while politician Shukla-ji is another typical character.
Love, Corruption and Ambition seem to be the trinity that cooks up this book.

Gopal is an IITJEE entrance exam failure who is in love with Aarti, while she loves Raghav, an IITJEE rank holder. Gopal struggles enough to find it hard to secure an IITJEE ranking and gives up hope of graduating ever, owing to family and financial issues. Raghav, on the other hand takes up engineering only to graduate before moving towards his love – journalism.

While Gopal and Raghav deal with their lives, Aarti fills the void in the plot by going out on boat rides with best friend Gopal and movie dates with her now boyfriend Raghav. As Raghav graduates as an engineer, Gopal gets along with politician Shukla-ji to take care of the “Corruption” part of the trinity.      

As the plot builds, Gopal with political backup goes on to become the director of his own Engineering college – GangaTech – while Raghav faces the ups and downs of being a reporter who takes on corrupt politicians in the name of Revolution! Gopal’s ambition is to own several educational institutes while Raghav’s ambition is to bring about a revolution of a clean & corruption free India by the year 2020. In the meanwhile, Aarti is in a very confused ambition-less situation.

How Gopal lures Aarti under his cosy blanket, only to feel sorry for Raghav and how he forces Aarthi towards Raghav forms a major part of the climax.

As I finished the book, I felt pity for Aarti – for she didn’t deserve the way she was treated. Her character was clean and innocent till about 80% of the book only to be ripped apart in the rest of the book, thus justifying my learning #3. Whether the editor forced such an end to her character or whether Chetan himself did that to her, is something I was left pondering about.

The only plus point about Chetan’s books among the IIT-IIM-Banker-Doctor-Graduate authors of India, is that the usage of English is simple and good…unlike the others who leave behind a lot many grammatical errors and typos, much to irritation of the reader.

My rating: 2/5.

Disclaimer: God forwarded this review to me, for he owed me one! I’m in no way responsible for any direct references to any person, dead or alive, gay or straight, male or female or otherwise.No offense was meant, if felt.


Posted by on November 16, 2011 in books, Reviews


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10 responses to “[Review]~Revolution 2020…

  1. Sumit(Garfy)

    November 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Completely agree with you on this.. nothing much to talk about. I made a mistake .. i didn’t waited for review and ordered a book b4 release 😦
    Coming to story I also appeared for IITJEE and didn’t cleared as most of people. But luckily I dint felt as a loser like this hero 😛
    Yeah but if chetan bhagat is ready to listen to me, i also have a story but without sex 😉

  2. Srinivas

    November 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the sharing the review.
    May be I will not read it unless god insists me also……. and moreover 2020 reality is too hard for a 1920 guy like me.
    and no time to read other-than what shenoys(other is Preeti ) writes 🙂

    Well ,you find time to read all the stuff but not to attend marriages 😉

  3. vemrakaad prabhu

    November 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    good one

  4. archonline

    November 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    in the end, did chetan forgot that he was himself and became sree???
    last two para was written by you or chetan? 😛
    so much confusion…!

  5. Sree

    November 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    @Garfy, haha..who will listen to your story if there’s no sex? 😛
    Thanks 🙂

    @Srinivas, haha…only the shenoys eh? 😛 Preeti would like it, cos she get paid for it! 😉 If i could attend marriages between writing codes, I would have! 😛 Thanks 🙂

    @Vemrakaad, thanks 🙂

    @AKB, haha…no confusion…after this point //And here is what I submitted to God as a reader’s review of my own book:// its CB only… 😀 Thanks 🙂

  6. abhishek maurya

    November 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Hi, If you read the review and wanna download a copy of the book for reading before purchase, you can refer here. Its always better to have a soft copy of your fav novel.

  7. Sree

    November 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Abhishek 🙂

  8. rajesh

    December 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    There is one book which has been creating ripples.. it can change your life instanly…

  9. Sree

    December 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks Rajesh!

  10. ritika

    December 16, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Sir from this book i is one of the big fan of yours,and in the end of the novel i cried a lot and whole day i did nothing.I m so much influenced of your writing bcoz this is my 1st novel of urs.If it would be possible i just wanna say a GOOD JOB face to face.the imotions you have used is terrific.And definetily GOPAL was a good guy who can give her life to another one similar to his enemy.everybody has not a guts of doing this

    waiting for another novel.


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