REVOLUTION 2020: Nothing to Revolt about

It is not often that we read books of late. Yeah, we read but it is always selective reading. We sure would be reading a newspaper. We may not read the entire newspaper for which we pay 3 bucks but we do read what interests us, mostly about cinema, about cricket and some politics and for those interested the economic news or else just say, the stock prices. But do we read those numerous small stories which fill up those empty spaces in a newspaper which otherwise go just empty? Do we read those tales of injustice and protest which sometimes get published as there is no advertiser for that space but if not filled, the space remains as white as the paper itself? Well, these might be the stories which can make you squirm with unease if read and understood. But do we care about the society which surrounds us and care to clean the muck which is everywhere in the surroundings in the form of corruption, malpractices, flaunting of rules, etc, etc.That is the job of the job of the politicians and someone like Anna Hazare who has some real guts to take on the political class (Or is he just being allowed to get that mileage by the ruling party, that’s a debate for another day)? Well, I am not going into the details of the morality of the public life, but just wanted to clear myself in the mind about what the book “REVOLUTION 2020” wanted to say to its readers. The author of this REVOLUTION, Chetan Bhagat, was not that emphatic with his points but this is what he might have wanted to convey or that is what I get to gather.

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.

Krishna Chaitanya.


About krshychait

A working individual who has a great passion towards arts of India. The literary and cinema field have captured my imagination like no other.

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