Review of Chetan bhagat's book: Revolution 2020

After waiting for a while I finally read the book Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat. Being a hardcore Chetan Bhagat fan, I expected a lot from his 5th Novel. But sadly I am not very impressed by this one. One reason is may be my expectations were a lot and secondly the name of the book "Revolution 2020" i found it to be confusing.

The story begins in its usual style where Gopal(main character) he meets Chetan ji and narrates him his story just like he wrote in 'one night @ callcenter' and '3 mistakes of my life'. I think he shouldn't repeat these things in the book since it becomes monotonous or he wants to maintain this to show the readers that they are actual stories of life and not something he had in his mind. Anyways, the plot begins in the city of Varanasi where 3 childhood friends grow up and start having differences when they give JEE and AIEEE exams. This is the typical story of any Indian family who expects a lot from their kids. He has carefully written everything about Aarti and Gopal but I fail to understand why he didn't write enough details about Raghav. The plot moves to a point where Aarti and Raghav become serious even in those instances Chetan has not mentioned about Raghav properly. His focus was only on Aarti and Gopal whereas on the book cover it is mentioned that it is the story of 3 friends.

The plot becomes somewhat interesting when he introduced MLA, GangaTech school of which Gopal becomes the director. But later on i felt he lost the track. He has introduced corruption and ambition of Gopal but he failed to focus more on Raghav and his 'Revolution 2020' newspaper. That's where I got confused with the title. I was expecting the end to be more like where Raghav and Gopal unite together and fight for the people of Varanasi. But the story went somewhere else.

About the characters:
Gopal - He is the main character of the book and story revolves around his life sequences. His love for Aarti, his ambition to become a rich man and the way he gives in to corruption because of his family situation. All these resemble to that of a common Indian man. But the end was little disturbing where he just leaves Aarti abruptly just because he thinks he is not suitable to her. I mean Chetan shifted his emotions in a jiffy. This should have been in a controlled way, according to me.

Aarti - Most confused girl I have ever seen. She wanted only attention from the boy. She didn't mind cheating Raghav just because he didn't had time for her. This is non-sense. I just thought that Chetan wanted to add some spice in the book by introducing an affair between Aarti and Gopal just like he did in his other books. So, if we ignore that part other stuff is fine. She feels inclined towards Gopal and shows interest in marrying him as well.

Raghav - He is a non highlighted character in this story. Initially he is potrayed as a studious friend of Gopal and Aarti and later in the story he is shown as a revolutionary. But I seriously felt that Chetan should have thought more and written about this character in some detailed way since he named the book as 'Revolution 2020'.

Since most part of the book was written for Gopal, it would have added more colors to the story if he had written somehing like Gopal joins the revolution with Raghav or did something for the society in return apart from handling his college. Most of the story after midway, I felt was a filmy type. As if the story was meant to be written so that a movie can be released using this. I seriously hope that Chetan Bhagat takes this criticism seriously and writes great books in his future just like 2 states, 5 point someone and 3 mistakes of my life.

I give just 2 stars to his book 'Revolution 2020'


  1. I think he should try to write good book which may become movie.
    Not a Hindi movie script which can be sold as book


  2. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..


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