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Revolution 2020 is a gripping and fast paced novel about love, corruption and ambition. The story delves into the underbelly of a small town, Varanasi, and explores the various hues in the characters of the protagonists in it. Bhagat unearths the darker side of the education system, and for that matter, love too.

In the small and historic town of Varanasi in India, two boys Raghav and Gopal fall in love with the same girl, Aarti. Both of them are intelligent, ambitious a...

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usually as Chetan Bhagat writes it is very goooooooooooooodddddddd
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Chetan Bhagat has delivered what is expected of him a readable book. This time it covers education and how the corrupt politicians are using education institutions to mak.. More details Chetan Bhagat has delivered what is expected of him a readable book. This time it covers education and how the corrupt politicians are using education institutions to make money on the sly.
The story is told from the perspective of the protagonist who is a failure in his academics, but then ties up with a politician to get his land from his uncle who has cheated him and his parents of the land which is rightfully theirs.
He goes on to build a grand college on that land with the help of the same politician and starts making more money than his peers who have done academically better than him.
His peer takes on the politician through a newspaper and he goes on to lose his job.
In the process the protagonist and his peer fall in love with the same girl who only professes friendship with the protagonist much to his ire. The end is a typical cliche in true Bollywood style. Overall a good read!
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The story is about three friends, Gopal, Raghav and Aarthi. Gopal and his father are barely managing to make ends meet and he(Gopal) has never seen or experienced anythin.. More details The story is about three friends, Gopal, Raghav and Aarthi. Gopal and his father are barely managing to make ends meet and he(Gopal) has never seen or experienced anything other than struggle in life be it studies, exams or love. Raghav, on the other hand, is one who is eager to bring about a change in the society apart from being the “perfect Indian student”. Aarthi is the girl-next-door type whom every guy would want to be more than “just good friends!”. Emotions , feelings begin to fluctuate when love, corruption and ambition combine forces to destroy their lives.
Like all other Chetan Bhagat books, this one is a love story and I doubt whether he would ever feel like writing a book without love stories in them. Anyway, love stories have now become his trademark. As the story goes on he explores the world of private colleges who bribe everyone from the peon to the highest authority. This perhaps represents the current scenario in our country. The timing of the release seems appropriate mainly because of the Anna Hazare movement and his stand against corruption which has gained a lot of popularity among the masses.
Now, when I read this book, I found it way too predictable for my liking although the end is melodramic and not what we would expect it to be. Comparing it with “2 States” would be rather unfair since I found that book (2 States) to be very entertaining. The characters have been sketched very well but the part I appreciated the most was that the story is based in Varanasi. For a change, it’s good that Chetan Bhagat has shifted his attention from the metros to small towns.
As it was dedicated to the Indian Student, it was hard to ignore for me and thus my final verdict would be that if you are a keen reader of Chetan Bhagat, then go for this book but I would rate it as a one-time read only.
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Chetan Bhagat re-visits the filmy love triangle in Revolution 2020. Even in the future I believe, Bollywood style love triangle will be a hit! The story has Gopal and Rag.. More details Chetan Bhagat re-visits the filmy love triangle in Revolution 2020. Even in the future I believe, Bollywood style love triangle will be a hit! The story has Gopal and Raghav fighting for Aarti’s love. Amidst the chaotic life, full of ambition, patriotism, money and fame, these three characters find time to seek love and comfort in each other. In the sunny land of Varanasi, Gopal considered Aarti his childhood sweetheart. Years passed by but he did not step up and express his love for her. The love triangle gets tainted with political interests and well, further the novel fails to interest and engage the reader. Revolution 2020 is a Bollywood film on paper. The father of the heroine forbids her from seeing her lover, because he is poor. The father accepts a marriage proposal from a wealthy man. The lover words hard, day and night to grow financially wealthy so that the heroine and her father feel he deserves her. Finally the heroine and hero get married. Story over! Hide details
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I read it start to finish as with most of his other books. Would sure rate it 4 star. I admit that over the years his topics have moved only little further than IITs and .. More details I read it start to finish as with most of his other books.
Would sure rate it 4 star.
I admit that over the years his topics have moved only little further than IITs and IIMs but is it not the reason why he has youngster's fan following en-masse?
The nove depicts true picture of younger generation. Many found character af Aarati to be confused. However I thought of her as supraconfident next gen girl as all others in his other books. I don't know if he paints them as thoughtfull and charismatic and naughty because he gets impressed by female characters faster or that he wants to keep it as his distinction.
Whatever it is, this book connects quite just in few pages and keeps one soaked in.
Other thing is his lucid style with sense of humor present everywhere.
Would have sure loved to read Aarati's reactions after she discovers the true story but that type of theatrics suits more for SRKish Kal Ho Na Ho. The biggest success of this book will be that readers would have loved to read more and Chetan manages to keep something for reader's imagination.
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Chetan Bhagat has delivered what is expected of him a readable book (if you have liked his earlier ones). This time it covers education and how the corrupt politicians ar.. More details Chetan Bhagat has delivered what is expected of him a readable book (if you have liked his earlier ones). This time it covers education and how the corrupt politicians are using education institutions to make money on the sly.It was a love triangle,in essence.But it also showcased the indecision that girls have to face sometimes in a relationship when faced with two suitors.And whoever she chooses to go with in the end,the other has to suffer.And in between the other has to die a million deaths. Hide details
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A boring story altogether. A pathetic move after entertainer like 2 states. Chetan Bhagat should concentrate on issues other that IIM and IIT. It seems as if he can not t.. More details A boring story altogether. A pathetic move after entertainer like 2 states. Chetan Bhagat should concentrate on issues other that IIM and IIT. It seems as if he can not think beyond that. He repeats things in all the novels. Hide details
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The plot of the book reminds me of the stories publish in the local newspaper and Hindi Magazines meant for the entertainment of housewives .The narrative is amateurish ,.. More details The plot of the book reminds me of the stories publish in the local newspaper and Hindi Magazines meant for the entertainment of housewives .The narrative is amateurish , lacks noveltyand fails to inspire interest in the book. Though i didn’t expect much from the self acclaimed celebrity " Chetan Bhagat" and the read was more due to lack of options in the local library , the entire content proved to be a sheer waste of time and energy.
However, the main reason for my discontent is that though the author has brought several thought provoking issues in the book ranging from corruption in our education system to narrow acceptance of the society limited to accepting IIT and AIEEE students and discarding mediocre students as piece of garbage , he has somehow failed to capture them and bring out a positive message for the society and create a actual revolution . In his foul attempt to concoct another bestseller, he has blend the rich context with the most ordinary plot and by focussing more on stale love story, rivalry and infidelity has produced a vapid book.
In all, i will not recommend this book even just to pass time and if u r facing lack of options, better but local magazines and satisfy ur reader's appetite
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nice time pass item and a treat for chetan bhagat fans. it carries the right bit of chetan bhagat instinct and proves a balance. overall. might be 3 on 5. not still meeti.. More details nice time pass item and a treat for chetan bhagat fans. it carries the right bit of chetan bhagat instinct and proves a balance. overall. might be 3 on 5. not still meeting the expectations. doesn't cross the level of one night at the call center and 2 states. Hide details
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A good work done by Chetan Bhagat.. Gopal has a little bit gray shade character but at last it's turn in a positive way. It's a good tale in between of ambtion and wish. .. More details A good work done by Chetan Bhagat.. Gopal has a little bit gray shade character but at last it's turn in a positive way. It's a good tale in between of ambtion and wish. I really like this book but it's little low in compare of "2 STATE".The tagline (“Love. Corruption. Ambition.”) refers to the key themes of the book. Revolution 2020 is foremost a love story, in fact a love triangle, as both Gopal and Raghav love the same girl. Corruption, particularly in the education sector, is the backdrop of the story. All three characters have strong ambitions, and how they go about achieving them also forms a big part of the story.

According to Chetan Bhagat, story covers corruption in the education sector but in light and entertain way as he has done for previous books.

But over all it has a good taste so go for it!!!
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http://www.zedge.net/wallpaper/8173150/ The bookkk takess u to the crowded city of Banaras. Itzz such a story in fact a luv story in which in the end u cannot judge whi.. More details http://www.zedge.net/wallpaper/8173150/
The bookkk takess u to the crowded city of Banaras.
Itzz such a story in fact a luv story in which in the end u cannot judge which of the character (Arti, Gopal or Ragha)iss the ideal and the perfect one. It livess u with a question and delemma of the behaviour of Gopal in the end.
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Did not read. Never will. The only decent read by Chetan Bhagat was Five Point Someone. The rest were all below average. Reading One Night at the Call Center; 2 States; a.. More details Did not read. Never will.
The only decent read by Chetan Bhagat was Five Point Someone. The rest were all below average. Reading One Night at the Call Center; 2 States; and Three Mistakes of my life have instilled aversion for his work.
Hey, did you too notice CB's liking for numbers in the titles of his book [ONE night at the call center; TWO States; THREE mistakes; FIVE point someone, and now Revolution 2020- weird no.]
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Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel Revolution 2020 did not satisfy me as a reader. With a decent pace at the beginning the plot and the pace just drops towards the middle til.. More details Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel Revolution 2020 did not satisfy me as a reader. With a decent pace at the beginning the plot and the pace just drops towards the middle till the end.
This love triangle story has nothing exceptional. Very predictable moves and twists. The writing is a bit mature and hilarious at certain places. And that’s about it. A very average read.
For those who’d like to know a bit about the plot – Gopal, Raghav and Aarti are childhood friends, staying in Varanasi. They grow up together and the love triangle forms. Gopal loves Aarti who in turn loves Raghav. Since the trio belong to the different social strata there is complexity. Gopal goes to lengths to win Aarti and in his struggle indulges in wrong means. Raghav, a righteous man, wishes to bring about a revolution with his morals and ethics. Aarti just dolls up more than half the times to sit pretty. Oh, btw she wants to be an air hostess.
Love, Corruption, Ambition are supposed to be the basis of the novel, but is seems like CB lost track of it all mid-way. The story becomes too boring and cinematic in its approach. I thought it would address the growing corruption in the country but sadly the novel fails to do that.
I wasn’t impressed by this one.
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I have a mixed view about Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel. It opens with Mr. Chetan Bhagat visiting GangaTech College in Varanasi for a discourse. He meets Gopal and then .. More details I have a mixed view about Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel.
It opens with Mr. Chetan Bhagat visiting GangaTech College in Varanasi for a discourse. He meets Gopal and then we see Gopal pouring his heart out to Chetan Bhagat, under the influence of alcohol and a sad incident.

To give a background, this is a love triangle and it also brings out the corruption and facades of the education sector (with coaching classes mushrooming eveywhere, esp. for IIT, JEE and CAT exams).
Gopal belongs to a poor family. His friend Raghav belongs to a middle class family. And Aarti (Gopal’s love) belongs to the affluent section of society.
Gopal has to struggle all his life for everything. From making a decent living to taking the exams to claiming his love. Raghav on the other hand stands up to values and fights against the wrong-doings in society. Aarti is a rich girl with her good looks and charming smile and great lifestyle. The three have been friends from childhood. Gopal falls in love with Aarti, while she falls in love with Raghav.
Then comes the “Love, Corruption and Ambition” angle to the story.
Gopal wants to prove to Aarti that he is better than Raghav and he designs a plan to seek revenge in his own twisted way.
He ends up starting his own college and coaching classes for IIT aspirants and takes the generation under his stride. Raghav is an upright and morally/ethically righteous person who defies everything wrong and corrupt. And so the fight between the two takes place.
Quite a bit of the book was clichéd and predictable. The climax was, yes, a bit “feel-good-factor”. The language and the flow of the story is very simple. I would’ve preferred crisper editing.
But is it just me or do you also feel that the book read mostly like a movie script. I even imagined the actors playing the parts while reading this one.
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On reading the tagline (Love. Corruption. Ambition.) I assumed that Chetan Bhagat was hinting at the current revolution against corruption that Anna Hazare has started th.. More details On reading the tagline (Love. Corruption. Ambition.) I assumed that Chetan Bhagat was hinting at the current revolution against corruption that Anna Hazare has started that has gripped the country. But no- the backdrop of the story is the corruption that the education sector of the country is facing. At the forefront is a love triangle. And the characters (Gopal, Raghav and Aarti) seem to be the ones from Chetan Bhagat’s previous book.

The story shows Bhagat visiting a college in Varanasi, and by twist of fate ends up helping out Gopal as he pours his heart out to the author after one drunken night’s episode.
The story talks about the dreams, aspirations, perceptions and life of the three characters. Bhagat has tried to make this a light, entertaining read but at the same time bring to light the complexities and corruption in the education sector that most aspiring engineers (IIT fellows) are facing.
His points are precise and the language is simple enough that anyone would be able to understand it. It is not a very high quality work but definitely readable and worthy.
I was eagerly waiting for this one and I think it was worth the patience.
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I found the premise of the book of Gopal meeting with an accident and narrating his story interesting. It was an interesting way to begin a novel. That was the only thing.. More details I found the premise of the book of Gopal meeting with an accident and narrating his story interesting. It was an interesting way to begin a novel. That was the only thing worth admiring in this whole book. But I do not agree with what Bhagat preaches here: It is okay to be mediocre. This is a theory that I do not buy and I feel no author should propagate. And I know why he says it is okay to be mediocre. No marks for guessing that he belongs to the same category… :( Sorry Chetan Bhagat for being nasty… Hide details
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I seriously believe that Chetan Bhagat has darkled his own name by writing his fifth novel. I found the premise and the story line similar to The Three Mistakes Of My Lif.. More details I seriously believe that Chetan Bhagat has darkled his own name by writing his fifth novel. I found the premise and the story line similar to The Three Mistakes Of My Life. The small town of Ahmedabad, the interest in business, success and making money by one of the protagonist is so similar to Gopal’s ideals and attitude towards life. Considering the 3 mistakes of my life was the worst novel by Chetan Bhagat why did Bhagat still make the mistake of writing something similar again. I repented my decision of spending my money on this one. Hide details
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Oh how I absolutely loved this book!!! Chetan Bhagat’s much awaited one…and it truly delivers good entertainment. This is the story of three friends who belong to Var.. More details Oh how I absolutely loved this book!!!
Chetan Bhagat’s much awaited one…and it truly delivers good entertainment.
This is the story of three friends who belong to Varanasi. Gopal, Raghav and Aarti. They’ve been friends since childhood but their personalities and upbringing are diverse. Gopal comes from a mediocre family and his only aim is to become rich. Raghav comes from a middle class (well to do) family and his desire is to change the world and remove corrupt. Aarti belongs to a very high class with political connections and all she wants to do is live a fancy life by being an air hostess.
Gopal is unable to get through the IIT exams and also loses out on Aarti’s love. This makes him a bitter person.
Both Gopal and Raghav are bright lads but their morals are different. In his struggle to become rich and show his worth, Gopal becomes a part of the corrupt system and mints money. Raghav stands up for what is right and braves the wrong. This is where the friends stand on either side of the line – the line that marks the right from the wrong – the corrupt from the principled. What happens next and how it is handled is what you should read and find out.
The author is merely listening to Gopal narrate his story to him. And in the end advices Gopal and does not judge him for his actions.

The tone of the book is a serious one. I wish there was some humor and wit- Chetan Bhagat style. But overall I simply loved the book! The characters were developed so well and felt so real. The situations are something we all can relate to. It is a very light and entertaining read. I’m glad I picked this one. You won’t regret reading it. Go ahead and get it soon!
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WOW! I'm the first one here to write a review for this novel. Here goes my review: Why have people made such a hue-and-cry about Chetan Bhagat’s latest (his fifth) nov.. More details WOW!
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Why have people made such a hue-and-cry about Chetan Bhagat’s latest (his fifth) novel- Revolution 2020? It really is not a big deal at-effing-all.
The novel begins with Chetan Bhagat visiting a certain college and a certain man (read: idiot) (Gopal) going gung-ho about the author’s visit and asking him to share a drink, just so that he could boast to his friends and acquaintances of having had a drink with “the” Chetan Bhagat.
Murphy’s Law is at play and Gopal ends up in a hospital after having gone overboard with his liquor. And since the author is the one who helps him to the hospital, the protagonist shares his (love) story with him.
Yes, what follows is the inevitable love triangle that is below average and not interesting at all. And of course, Gopal’s spiteful attitude to out-do the other male protagonist (Raghav) who won the heart of the girl Gopal was in love with (Aarti).
Towards the end we see Bhagat advising Gopal that being mediocre is alright and that he is a good person and that’s what matters most.

I don’t believe I read through the entire book only to be disappointed. No entertainment value in here. There were some points hurled at the coaching classes (for IIT and JEE and similar such courses) but at a point I wasn’t sure if Bhagat was praising them or criticizing them.
Yes the language is simple and easy, but the content is not up to the mark.
The only book I can ever appreciate by Bhagat is Five Point Someone. All the rest are aimed at the masses (including this one) with no real substance.

Please give it a skip while you still can. It doesn’t seem worthy of your time and money.
-SILENCE-
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Chetan Bhagat is an Indio-Anglican author who has written books like Five Point Someone and One Nigh...

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