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For some, the aura of cricket will never die, the fancy of an eight year old cricket match would still hold value. Similarly, Indian readers are still busy in browsing, ordering and buying Chetan Bhagat’s latest book “What Young India Wants“. This is the first non-fictional attempt by the most famous fiction-book author of India. Chetan Bhagat needs no introduction. A man who can claim to have taught the current generation of India to read, needs no biography.
“What Young India Wants” is a collection of Chetan Bhagat’s essays, speeches, columns and articles. Some are fresh pieces too. The book tries to ask many questions. It asks us about what exactly do we want from our country. It asks what exactly are we doing for our nation being its citizen. It asks us what we really know about our country and how much effort we put in knowing. How attached are we and how concerned are we as Indians. How capable are we and why still are we helpless. While answering and clarifying the jumbled situations of some of these questions, Chetan Bhagat gives some value and moral oriented solutions in his own unique style without targeting anyone. He has made it sure that he will not blame politicians every time, as this is what everyone does. He tries to give solutions by keeping politicians away from it.
Chetan Bhagat’s essays are informative and an easy-read. Be it farmer suicides, Kingfisher airline losses, German bakery bomb blasts, Indian women being more stressed than American women, he has touched upon quite a few areas of concerns.
The book has 38-odd pieces of educated write-ups. Like his fiction, he has the pulse of the audience right. In about 2 and ½ pages, Bhagat in his simple language discusses the problem and gives the possible solution. The essays do have solutions that can be thought about, but how far they can be implemented, we are not really sure.
The book also has the famous Spark lecture delivered by him in Symbiosis College. The speech was motivational and had some really sensible tips. Here he stresses on balancing your personal and professional life, which makes a lot of sense.
Also, the opening quotes in the beginning of each chapter offer interesting insight. For instance, “Today it is the farmer who needs nourishment” or “Setting off a bomb in class is a temporary solution, we need to do our homework”.
However, like most of his writing is for the masses, these essays are aimed for the average reader. For the mature, well-read audience the book might not hold much appeal.
Overall Rating: 7/10
Jai is a vital combination of bones, blood and brains haunts this earth with a pen and camera capturing the various dimensions prevailing on this planet. With flare for sarcasm he writes for politically correct reasons. When he gets time from gym, discussing, networking and reading he also participates in writing and composing songs. His ambition is to become the head of United Nations and BTL is his way.
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