Chetan Bhagat, the writer and Chetan Bhagat, the IIM-A passout investment banker – both can’t be the same person. ‘Revolution 2020’ proves that yet again. If you want to learn how one should market even a simple product, Chetan Bhagat is THE go-to man.
Alike (note, not unlike) the rest of his novels, ‘Revolution 2020’ by Chetan Bhagat has not managed to awake the dormant likeliness that an impressed reader feels for a book. This story of Gopal, Raghav and Aarti never felt like the wonderness of ‘Five Point Someone’. At the same time the reviewer admits that, this book also has not let down the reader like a ‘One Night @ the Call Center’. So, hanging in the middle, with performance one notch up than ‘The 3 Mistakes of my life’ and one notch down than ‘2 States’, ‘Revolution 2020’ is like the revolution we are never going to face in near future.
The story has all the elements that normally comprises of a typical Chetan Bhagat novel –
2. Complex twists in love (with a tinge of physical intimacy to pull in the concentration of the yuppies),
3. Political extravaganza, and
4. Social message (encrypted in such a way that the reader feels like hiring a professional Cryptographer to decrypt it).
After the melodrama of ‘3 Idiots’ over the copyright issue, seems like the latter books of the author are more inclined to be almost-going-to-be-scripted-to-a-masala-Bollywood-flick types. Personal opinion.
Our generation has a thing about Chetan Bhagat. And it has been proved time and again that the thing is the brainchild of the brilliant marketing personality in Mr. Bhagat. It’s the hype that he manages to create before the launch of his yet another non-descript book, this time in the form of ‘Revolution 2020’.
But, talk about entertainment, Mr. Bhagat is to the Indian English literary world what a Rajnikant is to South Indian movies and a SRK is to Bollywood. You can hate them, but ignore? Never. The vendor selling photocopies of all the novels of Mr. Bhagat at the traffic signals won’t let you do so, that’s for sure.
There is nothing much to write about the storyline of ‘Revolution 2020’ here, because I can bet, everyone who is currently reading this review is doing so just to take a peek into what we have to say about the book and how similar/different that is from their personal view. So, this post can be described as more of a general discussion of the book, rather than a detailed review of the same. The rating below is strictly on the basis of the entertainment the book provided me. If you were there, you would have prolly noticed a cheese popcorn in my hand all the time.
About the Author: Chetan Bhagat is the author of five blockbuster novels – Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of my life (2008), 2 States (2009) and Revolution 2020 (2011).
Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release, and have been adapted into major Bollywood films. The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time magazine named him in the “100 Most Influential People in the world” and Fast Company, USA listed him as one of the world’s “100 most creative people in business”.
Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
The author on Facebook: Chetan Bhagat
The author’s website: http://www.chetanbhagat.com/
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