Chetan Bhagat on his fifth novel

He's the new-age author who tackles new-age issues with panache. Author of 2 States and Five Point Someone is coming out with his latest offering Revolution 2020 in October. What is the book about? Read on.

books Updated: Aug 25, 2011 10:44 IST

With a tagline that reads - Love. Corruption. Ambition, you would assume that Chetan Bhagat was swayed by the current revolution that has gripped the country.

But author of 2 States and Five Point Someone clarifies that his new book, Revolution 2020, is "foremost a love story, in fact a love triangle, as both Gopal and Raghav love the same girl (Aarti). Corruption, particularly in the education sector, is the backdrop of the story."

Bhagat's stint as a motivational speaker, which really came about by accident, took him on travels across the country. His interactions with young people from over 50 cities that he visited inspired him to work on a story about them.

Thus came about a story about three young people from Varanasi. Bhagat explores their aspirations and ambitions and how far they're willing to go to get what they want.

But Bhagat promises that, in keeping with his style, the story will appeal to most anyone.

"I think by now my readers know, that no matter how serious the issue is, I make my stories light and entertaining. The issues with the education system and the levels of corruption in the country are obviously grave concerns, but as a storyteller I have to balance it with the need to make a gripping, entertaining story," he says on his website.

Readers who've been following the author know that he's not one to preach.

"I want the reader to get them upon reading the book, rather than me spelling it out. However, I want to emphasize that when even the education system becomes corrupt, it can have far reaching negative consequences on society. I hope Revolution 2020 provokes some thought in that direction."

After the success of 2 States, two of his books having been made into films and his columns becoming very viral, expectations from Bhagat are climbing upwards every day.

But he's used to it and his test readers of Revolution 2020 have given him encouraging feedback.

Next, the author is looking to take a break, "consolidate all the various activities I do, and cut out some stuff as I need more spare time in my life to think."

Here's wishing him good luck and hoping that his readers like their trip down 'Revolution 2020' road.

First Published: Aug 25, 2011 10:44 IST