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Revolution 2020 by Chetan bhagat review

Chetan Bhagat – the name inspires the readers (I thought so until this one). Many followed their writing dreams after reading him and he opened the Indian literary world to the masses. He was a revolution himself when he wrote Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and 2 States!

The Revolution went haywire somehow midway with the Revolution 2020!

The story is set in one of the pious cities of India – Varanasi or Banaras. It is a story about 3 friends – Gopal, Raghav and Aarti.

It begins with Gopal crashing down after some pegs of drink and our writer friend is left with no other option but to take him hospital, because he won’t get up on his own (!!)  and thus begins the story as a flashback.

Gopal – he is the director of the Ganga Tech College, too young to be a director and only a graduate!!

Raghav – Gopal’s school friend

Aarti – Gopal’s school friend and love interest of both Gopal & Raghav

First chapter gives an impression the book would be a sweet story of 3 buddies. The first scene is set in the school when Gopal & Raghav are stealing lunch boxes during the assembly time and the first victim is our lady “Aarti” and thus begins the everlasting friendship of these 3. The book has been divided into various sections.

Gopal comes from a middle class family whose father is a teacher and the family doesn’t have much income as such. His mother had passed away when he was 4 years old. His father wants him to be an engineer. After all, engineers earn decent money. Whether Gopal manages to become engineer or not is another story altogether?

All 3 grow up together with their own dreams and share of problems.

Both Raghav and Gopal appear together for AIEEE & JEE for engineering and Raghav clears his exams whereas Gopal could not make to any of the engineering colleges. After mulling over all options, he decides to appear again for the exams and goes all the way to Kota for coaching classes leaving his ailing father alone and his love interest.

As it is suppose to happen, Gopal being away for a long time, these gives an opportunity to Raghav and Aarti being together and seal their relationship. When Gopal gets to know, he is devastated and again as it generally happens, his grades fall (well, typical Bollywood style) and then again he starts all over again from scratch. Coaching over, he is back in town; results fail him again. His father also passes away one fine day leaving him in debt from top to bottom. Lonely and devastated, he decides to attend a local college on the advice of one of the friends from coaching classes, and here he meets Sunil. This is the turning point of the story. Sunil takes him to local MLA – Shukla. Thus, begins the story of Gopal as the Director of Ganga Tech College in Varanasi. This portion if full of political drama, agricultural land being converted into college, bribery at all level and we name it, we have it. Along with this, we have Raghav, who is not interested in joining a MNC after completing his engineering but wants to be a journalist and wants to bring the revolution in India. He wants to change the scenario of the country. Then, there is Aarti who wants to be an air hostess but becomes a front desk officer at one of the reputed hotels in Varanasi.

Amidst all this, Raghav doesn’t have time for Aarti and fate again brings Gopal and Aarti together.  What happens next? Whom does Aarti finally marry? What happens to Raghav? Does he become a hot shot journalist? What happens to Gopal as a Director? What happens to his college? All these questions and many more; to find out the answers one needs to read the book.

However, this is not one of the best works of Chetan Bhagat. Period.  As a reader, I felt the story is boring, it is a typical stuff which each one of knows and I believe has seen many a times in our Bollywood movies or even T.V Serials. I guess that we have so much of overdose of corruption and bribery in our country that reading it in a novel does not excite anyone.  The story actually drags. There are no twists and turns, it is just so very predictable. After “2 States”, the expectation was more but some where the book fails to meet that expectation. I have read all the books of Chetan Bhagat, and I must admit for an otherwise quick reader, this one took me so much time to finish it and it was a sheer disappointment. I am still confused, as to why it is named as Revolution 2020? May be the newspaper columns he writes these days have influenced the writer in CB and he ended up loosing his original flavor.

I suggest, please read the book without any expectation, you may actually like it then.

My verdict – As a reader I expected a lot more! And as a writer, Mr.Bhagat could have done a better job or at least tried doing so.

 

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433 comments

  1. richa

    chetan sir…. this is ur biggest hit….a really touching 1…. i just love ur book..but felt really bad for gopal… he really deserve aarti…& yes!! he is really a gr88 guy…if i would in place of gopal.. i could never had sacrifised such a huge…
    you are a great person gopal…

    1. rohit

      @richa….yup..u r right richa, Gopal is a real hero n he must deserves aarti, i also felt bad for gopal…@chetan sir..i really love dis novel so much bt plz dont write sad ending stories….this story makes me depressed for days…

        1. chakri

          Im sleepless after reading this story
          Gopal-this character is still revolving my mind
          He is really mad
          he deserve aarti

          1. sandeep Agarwal

            Its actually the ending that appeals. We all feel sorry for Gopal in the end. But thats the way it has too be.

          2. ashish

            same here,
            all the thing running all over my mind.
            feeling so poor for GOPAL,
            i can feel each and every movement for his life.

          3. muskaan chakraborty

            chetan sir pls make the story endig happy……….write revolution2020parttwo

      1. muskaan chakraborty

        i also agreed……i cried for 1 hr after reading dis book……i felt very deprssed……..gopal was really awesme…every grl wnts a bf like gopal…….arti is very lucky……bt i wnt to see gopal nd arti together ……….he really deserves arti…… :)

  2. anu

    i r’lly wanna knw dat is it a real story or not……bt above all a excellent publish by mr. chetan bhagat…superb!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Aman

    awesome……..nice story.i love the statement by gopal that “WHAT I REALLY WANT IS NOT IN KOTA , I AM LEAVING IT BEHIND IN VARANASI…”

  4. jaspal singh

    by god sir..what a story..i was really immersed in this story ..really a hourt touching story..is it a true story? i really want to meet the most beautiful girl in this world Aarti as told by Gopal…thanks

  5. Poonam

    This book is really very touching … made our heart heavy with sadness at the end … not al books have such endings … totally unxpected … grand salutes to Mr. Gopal … no lover would do such things for any1 … And as usual, chetan bhagat rocked … have read all his books n liked 2 states the most … thanku for bringin such beautiful stories to us… If ths story is real i think chetansir shd go directly to aarti n make her realise abt gopal’s love sacrifice for her .. he’s a gr8 guy … gopal deserves all the happiness !!! :)

    1. rohit

      @poonam…yup dear, u r right..chetan sir should go directly to aarti n make her realise…..gopal sacrifice is such a big….hatzz off to him !!

  6. preethi priyanka

    WOW…..My Debut in Book Reading ,I feel wonderful and Happy ,may be all because of this Book .Even though this book is all about other person who lost all his love and may be story has sorrow ending but i learnt how to be honest and concentrated as Raghav,learn good thing from other and accept truth as Gopal .This has changed most part of my life and let see how my new day start with this changes….

  7. Chaitra

    i real loved d book, was literally in tears while reading it eva aft tht!!
    i real wanna say gopal s a good person hundred tymes until he s happi!!
    i wish i wud meet tht person in real at least once in ma lyftym!!

  8. Madhu Mitha .T

    I really loved the book. This is one of the best story i have ever read in my lifetime. Handzzzz offf to Mr.Gopal sir…. i really feel like meeting u atleast once in my life…. You really rocked sir… No one will ever have the guts as how u faced ur life…. U really deserve her… I wanted to know about hw is ur life without her??? R u still loving her?

  9. rahul

    can anyone tells me,wether revolution 2020 is true story? The story make me grief…it makes me to remind my past days… I loveing it..

  10. Harish Raghavan

    hats off to you mr.chetan sir..this was the first novel which i had read among others of u did…i cant control my tears for sometime after completely reading the 2020.. u have taught me to sacrifice for the right things..u made it through gopal..u made the message to pass strongly through my heart..hoping to c revolution 2020 part 2..

  11. Rajeev Kumar

    Again hands off to u. I want to know is it a real story. 5 days has ben passed reading the novel but still characters of novel (especially GOPAL) are revolving in my mind. A bad end for Gopal.

  12. Sonal Ambekar

    ” No words to share. A Great revolution took up it share. In middle of it a boy name gopal have lost his love, I wish all the best for authour and Mr gopal for his vission ahead. may god bless them.

  13. lakshmi

    2gud. ended up reading in wet eyes.
    even at the ending arthi must know gopal’s sacrifice and again be friend with gopal.
    gopal is the real hero at the end

  14. Garima Gupta

    A really wonderful novel… I completed it within 2 days and I could not help myself in stop thinking about the characters especially Gopal. He was not at fault at any time. It was the situation that turned him into a kind of villain. But seiously the end is wonderful. I mean I cant imagine that somebody can let his childhood love go only coz the other guy is better.
    And yes, Gopal is not a bad guy

  15. sreeramraj

    i was kind of guy not so patient to read books but it was my friend who forced to read it.. really this is the first book i read.. totally awesome story. gopal shouldn’t have cheated aarthi this way by bring other gals to his room.. gopal deserves aarthi but his mistakes made him lose.. I am seriously depressed after reading it.. hope it is just a story and no one have faced such a sad story in their life…
    one question( if anyone knows pls do mail to my id : sreeramraj4791@gmail.com) is this story real one or just fiction ???

    1. qwerty

      @sreeramraj, looks like you completely missed the plot.. “gopal shouldn’t have cheated aarthi this way by bring other gals to his room.. gopal deserves aarthi but his mistakes made him lose”???? read the story again. you’ll appreciate it more.

  16. bhuvnesh

    chetan sir, it’s a great book of real life ever . I fill it sir but i find a message for this book never do any wrong things in a life coz the backup of that z so painful. I just love all three guys.

  17. Apoorva

    Sir, this is my first book i read…awesum story.i wanna know is this a real story?
    Pls surely reply

  18. rizwan

    chetan sir…the book is awsm..bt m nt satisfied with its sorrow ending…pls write a sequel to this…atleast aarti shud knw gopal’s sacrifices 4 her…

  19. Kritika Verma

    this is such a nice, aussm., touchy, story n I wish to meet tha charactrs of ths novel mainly gopal the directr.
    i fl very bad for him , whrnrvr I thout abt him I got depressd.

  20. Neelam

    Chetan sir, book is very nice. but wanna know is it a real story? felt bad for Gopal as he deserved aarti. Gopal cud have helped Raghav in sum other way but not the way he did by sacrificing his love. had tears in my eyes when i was reading the book. i am so attached to the book n storyline.. would love to meet Gopal the real hero…. and ya as many have said pls pls make a sequel so atleast Aarti understands Gopal’s sacrifice n goes back to him. ALLS WELL DAT ENDS WELL

  21. govind

    thnx sir fr the story….
    atleast aarti should have known about the sacrifise made by the gopal for her life n fr raghav too…….
    i realy wana to meet gopal n aarti…..
    they should have not been separated..
    gopal deserves her truly……..

  22. Rituraj

    It’s really very nice one,but i don’t know y while reading this it reminded me of the hit bollywood blockbuster movie Sangam starring Rajkapoor,Rajendra kumar and Vaijaynti Mala and even the character name Gopal has been taken from there.So,Chetan sir! will u tell me that is it a true story or inspired by the movie.

  23. Kartik

    Lovely story..gopal ..u r a good person…u deserved aarti….everyone has all own rights…u proved urself..in future i wil……??

  24. Smriti Anand

    I js want to knw z it a real story,.dis z js awsome..bt d endng wz nt satisfctry..sch sacrifices shd nt b done..hats off 2 u gopal sir.

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