The way, Chetan Bhagat, who now is the best-selling Indian English writer of all-time, tells the story he has in mind really confuses the reader about the happenings. 3/4ths into the book and we still do not get the Revolution Chetan is talking about. It is too flimsy or else Chetan is still in the romantic hangover, where he cannot let his self-pitying, self-loathing, self-depreciating, first person narrator to do anything else than think of some girl. This is template he has created with his earlier novels and he remains just a stickler to that pattern. Why should his lead characters always be grumpy about the girls they meet? Why can’t they just be cheerful?
Had Chetan been truthful to his title and talked about the revolution he cited, may be Revolution 2020 would have been a better story and novel. Chetan has a unique style of writing which compels the reader to complete the novel at one-go, but this one is a put-off, which is full of Chetan-cliches. He chooses the holy town of Varanasi as the backdrop and wishes to expose the levels of corruption involved in setting up a college and what it takes to market a college. Chetan cannot be away from his pet-subject Educational system and his plot mostly centers around Education.
Revolution 2020 may be made into a Bollywood film in the near future, as Chetan has already sold out the rights but it remains a always read and seen story of corrupt India. Everyone knows of it, everyone loathes it and everyone wants it, albeit privately as public display of affection towards money is a taboo.
I would half recommend this Revolution 2020 as it never makes you tug for any of its characters, the lead Gopal Mishra, the heroine Aarti Pradhan, the parallel hero, Raghav Kashyap or else the villainesque Raman Shukla. Everything in this novel is so plastic. It is better watch some badly made Madhur Bhandarkar film rather than read this one.