Plot[ edit ] This book follows the story of two friends separated by their ambitions and passions yet connected by their love for the same girl. While Gopal, who has experienced the harsh realities of life due to poverty aspires to become rich, his friend Raghav is a boy from a well-off family who desires to create a revolution in India by fighting corruption. Aarti and Gopal have been childhood friends but have a platonic relationship. As teenagers, Gopal pushes Aarti for more, but she later reveals that she was not ready for anything.
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Shashi Tharoor From the Reviews: "You will learn nothing from this book. For it is not meant to teach you anything. Neither English nor literature. And certainly not anything about life as it ought to be lived. R is a delightful read. I read it in one shot. Bhagat has made it impossible not to like his books. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.
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Sub-titled Love. Aarti is the privileged daughter of a senior Indian Administrative Service IAS officer, and her ambitions are limited to becoming a stewardess, but the two boys, from humbler families, know their futures depend on exam success.
His now sickly father was a teacher, and they live relatively humbly. Education seems a way to a better future, so all hopes are riding on Gopal -- and these test results are a setback.
Some twenty hours away from Varanasi by train, Gopal finds himself fairly isolated there -- and feels even more so when he learns that Aarti has begun dating Raghav. Raghav has not even put his golden ticket to best use, choosing first of all to go to a local institution -- and then neglecting his engineering studies in favor of journalism and activism. Education is big business in India, and a fast-growing one -- and this is something which Gopal is able to take advantage of when the original plan -- get a higher score and get into a prestigious engineering school -- falls short again.
Gopal continues to pine for Aarti -- and to measure himself against Raghav. But Gopal lucks into an opportunity that puts him on the fast track -- an opportunity that is on the one hand cheap and easy other than the disputed family land, his investment is limited to his time and effort , on the other hand comes at a huge cost, as far as personal integrity goes. The Indian way Bhagat describes -- of doing business, and most everything else -- is one of connections and bribes. Corruption is endemic.
So also with the education system, especially the setting up of new colleges. And so, as the corrupt local Member of the Legislative Assembly MLA , Shukla-ji, who partners with Gopal explains to him: If we had a straightforward and clean system, these professors would open their own colleges. Blue-chip companies and software firms could open colleges. That is where we come in. So, barely in his twenties, Gopal finds himself the founding front-man for a college.
It has to be built from the ground up -- and even the ground-issues take some bribes to fix the land is zoned for agricultural use -- but part of the fun is in seeing just how many palms have to be greased in order to get things running. Everyone expects commissions too -- for bringing in professors, or students, for example.
Gopal sinks deep into this corrupt muck, while Raghav remains an idealist. Of course, one reason Gopal wants to bring Raghav down is because of his enduring passion for Aarti. Their friendship flickers on and off, bu Aarti continues to want to maintain a connection to Gopal -- and eventually, as Raghav becomes engrossed in his own work, she is tempted by a closer relationship with Gopal.
Even Gopal can see that Raghav is a good man, doing good -- and that while he has worked very hard for the college, that can never change the fact that he has had to make terrible compromises all along the way. Revolution does offer many interesting insights into fast-changing contemporary India, especially the educational and business systems. The portrayals of Kota-life or the building of a college from the ground up, in particular, are quite fascinating.
Bhagat is on less sure ground with the relationship-aspects of the novel, his leads generally behaving more like petulant teens especially in breaking off communication when often what they really should be doing is talking things out than young adults. Gopal is also a somewhat problematic narrator in that he is so shallow -- and apparently completely oblivious to any and all ethical questions, as if he were able to just block them out.
Both the novel as a whole, and Gopal as a characer, feel teen-age, not adult: the worldview here is a simplistic young-teen one, as is the way relationships are handled and hurt dealt with, as are the grand gestures. It makes for a decent if in some ways annoying YA novel -- but one wishes Bhagat had allowed his characters to show more growth and eventually some actual maturity.
Orthofer, 22 October
Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
Shashi Tharoor From the Reviews: "You will learn nothing from this book. For it is not meant to teach you anything. Neither English nor literature. And certainly not anything about life as it ought to be lived. R is a delightful read. I read it in one shot. Bhagat has made it impossible not to like his books.
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