Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
Books by Chetan Bhagat
Story line of ‘ Revolution 2020’, a new novel by Chetan Bhagat, revolves around love triangle. Gopal, the narrator of story, Raghav and Aarti are friends from their school time. All three are moving together but still carrying different ambitions and dreams. They were the best friends since their school days but “Love, Corruption and Ambition” combine together to bring differences between them.
There are twists in tale as Gopal and Raghav, both loved the same girl. Gopal comes from middle class family. He is son of retired teacher who see ‘richness’ as his aim where as Raghav, who comes from well to do family, see ‘revolution’ as his dream. Parents of both want them to become engineers but they are moving to fulfill their own dreams. Aarti, daughter of bureaucrat want to be an air hostess but Varanasi, the city in north India where they all live is too small place for such ambition. She is beautiful and has all in her personality to be ‘a dream lady’ of anyone's dreams. She seems always confused on whom to accept as partner or as friend.
Entrance exam for engineering make the initial twist in story. Gopal and Raghav prepared for exams. Raghav cleared it with his first attempt where as Gopal failed. His father sent him for preparation to Kota classes taking even loans but luck did not favour him. While his one-year stay away from his hometown, Aarti and Raghav fell in love. He feels like nowhere, no admission in engineering, lost his love and ultimately his father.
First half of story is ‘no story’ as in Indian context every body already knows what the author is telling. Lacs of students appear in entrance exams like JEE or AIEEE and few get their target fulfilled. Teaching classes are part of big industry, selling dreams and making money. These coaching classes are mushrooming everywhere, in big as well small cities.
In second phase, story enters where all three-childhood friends move further in their lives. Gopal got opportunity and with the help of corrupt system he became director of engineering college. Raghav passed out engineering degree but his dream is in journalism so he preferred to be journalist. He think somewhere in his mind that he will unearth scams, corruption from the society to start revolution. Aarti is struggling to be an airhostess. Revolution 2020 shows few glimpses of corrupt system in education sector. Mushrooming of private colleges by corporate houses, politicians, and non-professional rich peoples. After failing in getting admission in engineering college, Gopal, with help of corrupt MLA, starts his own engineering college. Through out the whole story author has described corruption in our education system.
The whole story is loaded with scandals; sex, corruption and love triangle is there to make it a tale. Both friends are in love with same girl. It adds rivalries between them. A famous quote from the novel that descries many things is "Life is a bitch when the only woman you can think of, belongs to some one else".
Most of the story took place in Varanasi except for some part in Kota. No doubt story line is very simple and it depicts known facts of Indian society, but still book is worth reading. Chetan Bhagat is wonderful story teller. Language has good flow and easy to read. The author has been very successful in using current social/political situations in the novel affecting the overall progress of the story.
End of novel is totally unpredictable and leaves the reader in the state of shock for few moments.You may not agree with such ending like me as it is vague and over dramatic perhaps inspired by Bollywood drama movies. It certainly have many weak points but still it's 'A must read'.