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The complete review ‘s Review:. Revolution is bookended with a Prologue and an Epilogue in which Chetan Bhagat speaks with Gopal Mishra, “the young director of GangaTech College” revlution a typical set-up for a Bhagat novel, framing the main story itself, Gopal’s story.
Ambitionit revolves around a trio of friends from Varanasi formerly Benares: 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.
Raghav does very well, while Gopal comes up just short: And along with that disappointment comes another that hits him just as hard, as Aarti rebuffs his advances, explaining that: Gopal’s mother died when he was young. His now sickly father was a teacher, and they live relatively humbly.
For ages they’ve also been involved in a land dispute, Baba’s older brother trying to screw them out of land that is rightfully theirs, and offering far too little in compensation for it. Education seems a way to a revolutiom future, so all hopes are riding on Gopal — and these test results are a setback.
A slot in a good engineering programme seems to be Gopal’s only way out, and so rather than going to a second-rate college he prepares to take the exam again, spending the year in Kota, Rajasthan — the center of India’s coaching institutes, cram schools where students do nothing but prepare for the bby. 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 refolution best use, choosing first of all to go to a local institution — and then neglecting his engineering studies in favor of revolutoon and activism.
He is an idealist who wants to change the world — or at least India — though his devotion to his causes comes to cause some friction with Aarti, since it means he can’t spend as much time with her. Much of Revolution is about the ‘Great Indian Education Race’, and Bhagat covers a lot of this ground fairly well: Education is big business revo,ution India, and a fast-growing one — and this is something which Gopal is able to take advantage of when the original plan — get bbagat higher score and get into a prestigious engineering school — falls short again.
Gopal continues to pine for Aarti — and to measure bhafat against Raghav. With Raghav focused on journalism, his academic and then career path is one that doesn’t pay immediate dividends — financially, or in terms of status. But Gopal lucks into an bhabat 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 efforton 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.
So also with the education system, especially the setting up of new colleges. If we had a straightforward and clean system, these professors would open their own colleges. Blue-chip companies and software firms could open colleges. The system is twisted, they bbhagat want to touch it. That is where we come in. So, barely in his twenties, Gopal finds himself the founding front-man for a college.
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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 revoolution 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 refolution, while Raghav remains an idealist.
Of course, their two paths come to cross professionally, when Raghav writes an article about Gopal’s new college — and he can’t help but mention some of the dubious monies behind it.
While Gopal and his backers essentially declare war though Raghav is barely a flea in their machinationsRaghav is moved solely by his idealism; he’s not really up for a fight, because it’s all just part of one big battle for him. 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 bhatat, she is tempted by a closer relationship with Revoltuion.
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. When Aarti is within reach he is put to a final test — ervolution he take advantage of the situation bhafat kick Raghav while he’s down, on top of itor does he finally do the honorable thing? 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. Ironically, Gopal is the perfect advertisement for a liberal arts education: The love story or stories are also somewhat frustrating, Gopal’s behavior towards Aarti rarely allowing him to appear to be worthy of her while we see too little of Raghav to know if he is — and given her complaints of how little attention he pays to her, there are obviously issues here too.
Particularly frustrating, too, is the characters’ avoidance of one another at various times: Gopal’s final act, determining the final outcome, and their futures, is also entirely staged — not even a real confrontation, but just a tableau, a faked scene meant to mislead which it does, just as intended ; ridiculously, the characters can’t just talk things out, and instead Gopal does something extremely hurtful.
Arguably he is doing a ‘good thing’ but, again, a proper liberal arts education — or common sense and decency — might have allowed him to do so in a less theatrical and brutal way. If the final outcome is vaguely satisfying, with the three central characters on the ‘right’ path, Revolution still leaves a bit of a bad taste, specifically because Gopal seems to have so little moral understanding, of anything he has done.
Bhagat’s characters again show a shallowness that makes even the positive outcome feel almost like happenstance.
Both the novel as a whole, and Gopal as a characer, feel teen-age, not adult: The way the world works is presented in chetsn reductionist almost black-and-white way, the characters — and Bhagat — refusing to deal with life’s complexities in a meaningful much less thoughtful way — life the way a revilution teen might see it.
Revolution does offer enough to make for an engaging read — though it is the technical aspects, about education, politics, and business including, incidentally, Aarti’s career strugglesthat are far more successful than the relationship stories much less the family ones: Baba, and the land-disputing relatives, serve their brief purposes, but are unceremoniously swept away when Bhagat doesn’t have any roles left for them to fill.
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. Orthofer22 October Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.
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