Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Revolution 2010 ( Chetan Bhagat ) - a story of unconvincin end

I started reading Chetan Bhagat as novelist with the force and inspiration of one of my friends who happens to be a big fan of Chetan Bhagat. All these years, I had a biased opinion about the Indian English witers, specially fiction writers. I was of the opinion that our Indian English writers lacked something ( undefined ) which a native English writer normally has and is able to create an impact. I almost refused to read any of these novels by Indian authors, until very recently, when we were involved in a casual chat among our friends.  My friend wanted me to read Chetan Bhagat for his sake, and he got me promised that I shall read at-least one novel of him and then talk to him. I took this challenge and wanted to buy a novel of Chetan Bhagat, but my friend himself bought me all the five novels of Chetan and gifted me to read and then talk. I said - ok, and returned home. I threw those novels for quite some time on my reading table, and I forgot. One night I could not get sleep due to some botheration in mu mind and when I switched on the light, the novels of  Chetan Bhagat were staring at me. I thought probably this is the time to start reading one of the books, and I picked up the latest of his novels ie Revolution 2020. I started slowly and felt the magnetism, slowly the sentences absorbed me in to its effect and I lost myself in the triangular love story of Gopal, Raghav and Aarati. The narration and the pace of the story dragged me to the dawn and I was surprised to feel the day light. I was so engrossed in the happenings of the novel that I became a part of the story and I found myself as one of the characters of the novel. I identified myself with Gopal some times and some times with Raghav. The progress of the plot is quite interesting and looks natural with the nostalgic depiction of the streets of Varanasi and the banks of Ganga, the boat ride and the love affair of Gopal and Aarati. Gopal's infatuation first and then the real love for Aarati, his quest to achieve her. His failures and then his success in the carer by political manipulations of Shuklaji. Raghav's academic brilliance but failure in career as journalist, the mutual plot to destroy each other reminds me of Kane and Abel ( Jeffery Archer ). 
The realistic part of the novel is about the rampant corruption prevailing in the higher education regulatory authority, which gives approvals to start institutions of higher learning, specially the professional institutions like management colleges and engineering colleges etc. This corruption is an open and well known method of getting the wrong things done. This prevailing practice in the system has been unveiled boldly by the novelist in this novel. The involvement of corrupt politicians in establishing such colleges with their corrupt earnings is a matter of concern in the present context. The way they encroach the disputed land and property from the poor and float an institution without approved infrastructure and other necessities has been truly described in the novel.
The novel moves serenely and comfortably with the anticipated curves but at the end the novel turns hostile to readers by spoiling the end or by mishandling the character which have been created so passionately.
Why should Gopal deceive Aarati by creating hate scene, why should he loose his beloved, for nothing, and presenting her to his arc rival. There is no convincing answer to this question. Similarly Aarati's character also is unstable. Her behavior seems to be motivated to grab the successful man, which she does, but her aversion to Gopal ( which is artificially created ) does not find any ground without checking the facts.
This novel is about power, love, lust and management. The corruption which is all over in the system is exposed to the hilt and the common man is satisfied when he finds that ultimately the corruption is defeated, Shukla goes to jail, Gopal looses all his property and looses his beloved also. The road to success is longer and  full of challenges but remains for ever, and the success managed by corrupt methods and ways live for a very short time and never progresses beyond a certain limit.
Still I am hurt at the way the novel has ended.
Yes now I have become a regular reader of Chetan Bhagat's novel and have started to like them. Thanks to my friend Mr Basant Prasad, Delhi.  

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