Last month I read a fantastic book named Revolution 2020,yet another grasping work by the best- selling author Chetan Bhagat. He is the author of five block-buster novels:- Five point someone(2004),One night @the call centre(2005),3 mistakes of my life(2008),2 States(2009),and his last work is Revolution 2020(2011).His main concern is on youth and national development issues. His language is very simple and sharp.
Revolution 2020 is a story of love , corrupt educational system, and clashing ambitions. The story is about 3 childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarati. Gopal is from a poor family, Raghav is from a middle class and Aarati’s family has a political background. This story is setup in the holy city of Varanasi. The novel begins with Chetan Bhagat visiting “Ganga Tech Collage” in Varanasi to deliver a speech .There he met Gopal the 26 year old protagonist. He invites Chetan for a drink. At that time Gopal narrates his story to Chetan.
Gopal, Raghav and Aarati are childhood friends. They had their own ambitions. Aarati wanted to become an air-hostess, Raghav gets a rank in the IIT-JEE examinations and therefore join IT BHU, but journalism was his passion and he wanted to make a change in the country. Gopal’s only wish is to make lots of money. He was unable to get into IIT in his first attempt. So his Baba told him to join as a repeater in a coaching centre in Kota. Unfortunately in the second time too, he didn’t get a best rank .But he got an opportunity to start his own Engineering college in V aranasi with the support of an MLA Shuklaji. But they follow the corrupt path .After college life Raghav joins as a reporter in a news paper ‘Dainik’. His career and his works create some problems to Gopal and Shuklaji. Shuklaji stamps out Raghav with his political power and Raghav lost his job in Dainik .But Raghav fights back and start his own news paper ....REVOLUTION 2020.....Again this makes a lot of problems to Gopal and his college.
Both Raghav and Gopal love Aarati but Aarati loved Raghav, and for her Gopal was a best friend. Aarati got a job in ‘Ramda Hotel’ as a guest relationship manager. Raghav finds no time to spend with Aarati. So she develops a deeper relationship with Gopal and falls in love with him. She starts spending more time with Gopal. Atlast Gopal realizes that Raghav is the better man, so he allows Raghav to marry Aarati .On Gopal’s Birthday he brings two prostitutes, to make Aarati believe that the two girls are with Gopal. Then Aarati leaves the house and hate him. Finally Raghav and Aarati gets married.
I love this story very much. By the end the story gets totally twisted and touching. I think Gopal is the real hero in this story .Because he was taking all the pain himself for Aarati and Raghav’s better future, so that Raghav may bring in a Revolution in the corrupted world. Gopal want to become a big man in his life and finally he became. Emotions, love, care, and sacrifice are mixed together in this story. Chetan Bhagat is a great writer .This story and the characters still remain in my mind which makes me like picking up the book and reading it once again.
- REETHU REGINOLD