Not that I was expecting anything great from this book, yet, after 2 States I thought maybe he would now go forward towards improving. To say I was disappointed is probably an understatement. The book is a lousy attempt at writing.
Revolution 2020 is the perfect example of what happens when you are writing something without proper research. When you take different plots from Bollywood masala movies and create a remix of the same, while trying to cash in on the corruption wave running across the country, which incidentally gets relegated in the backdrop because of a directionless story. All the characters are weak. Gopal’s character he tries giving a grey shade but fails miserably. To justify the title he added few chapters which hardly have any significance or connection to the actual story line of the book which supposedly is a love triangle, unfortunately taking a very “Acute” angle. Raghav’s character which is the center of the whole revolution part has been pushed to the periphery.The ending, well it ends so abruptly, without any proper flow or planning, that you are left with a frustrated feeling.
Lastly I would like to touch upon the grammar part, more because he was the one to criticize when New York Times pointed out about the degrading quality of English in Indian novels. His Tweet to NYT after their criticism – “..And I try to catch authentic dialogue that matches the character. Even if that isn’t correct queen’s English…”
All said and done, Mr Bhagat let me show you just one dialogue from the book. It’s on page 87 and by the character Aarti.
“Aarti – Of course. See, Raghav has ditched me for Chak de India all week.”
If reading the above sentence you thought Raghav ditched her to watch the film himself, well you are wrong. Infact he didn’t go to the movie with her and that’s the point she wanted to make.
And there are way too many other such errors in the story!!!
Dear Chetan, English Language has grammar for a purpose. Please do follow at-least the basic rules.
Overall the book neither meets the expectations over the issue of corruption nor does it reflects Chetan’s earlier books’ cracking humour and grip on the story-line. I was expecting the humor part which makes it worth time-pass reading irrespective of all his grammar. This latest venture has led me to believe that it’s not always worthwhile/safe to go by the reputation.