Chetan Bhagat narrates modern India in Revolution 2020

Chetan Bhagat, the youth icon in India, has authored another novel Revolution 2020, which is touted to be the bestseller in India once again. Revolution 2020 novel is the latest story penned by this celebrated writer, who graduated from IIT Delhi and IIM-A. After writing four bestsellers, the Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat is much awaited by book lovers in India.

From a tagline of this novel – Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition – any reader would label this story as a narration of current situation of India. But Bhagat clearly brushes off this assumption and tells in an interview that the book is a love triangle and the story has Indian education as its backdrop. The three protagonists of this novel Gopal, Raghav and Aarti are the three corners of this love triangle, and from the gender of these characters, it is quite apparent that two boys are desperate to win the hand of one girl.

On the surface, the novel looks similar to any Bollywood flick but in its deeper sense, Revolution 2020 unearths two characters that are faced with Indian political system that harbours corruption. Both Gopal and Raghav strive to achieve love, fame and success. Both are gifted intellectually but have ambitions that are poles apart. One is running after money and the other nourishes bigger ideas and wants to create a revolution. The most common thread in their life is Aarti, whom they love. But for Gopal and Raghav, their goal looks far more beyond their reach as they think that the society they are in promotes only corruption. At this point, Gopal surrenders to the situation and Raghav chooses to fight back.

Speaking about the story, plot and characters of this novel, Bhagat gives credit to his extensive journey of India that takes place to deliver motivational speeches across the country. He adds that he has travelled more than 50 different cities of India and talked to the youth of these cities. His observations of young India inspire him to write simple but…

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