Revolution 2020 - nothing new

The new BestSeller from Chetan Bhagat, Revolution 2020 made for time-pass reading during my Cochin trip a few days back.  300 odd pages - 5 hours. 

The story revolves around 3 childhood classmates - Gopal, Raghav and Aarti.  Raghav is the studious one and Gopal the happy-go-lucky one.  The book traces their life and times in the holiest of Indian cities - Varanasi.   While one gets into a reputed College and tries to carve out a career based on his interest, the other tries in vain to get an Engineering admision, despite attending coaching classes at Kota, the breeding ground for future IIT-ians.  Throughout this, there is Aarti, who dreams of being an air-hostess.

Ultimately, the story is about who gets the girl, but to keep the readers happy (as well as increase page count), the book dwelves into India's education system, and how it is corrupt at all levels - from the setting up of an Engineering College to getting companies in for Campus placement.  It also pokes fun at the Kota training institutions.

As I mentioned earlier, it is a time-pass book, but not something that leaves much of an impact.  It makes for easy reading - as all other Chetan Bhagat book are.  I wouldn't be surprised if this got made into a movie, since it adheres to the formula that typical movies are made of.  I wish the author had desisted from using hindi abuses (I recall a couple of places), in the name of making it look authentic.  The girl in the movie is also characterized as a clueless entity - it is not going to win the author lady fans.

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