Author: Chetan Bhagat
My rating: 3/5
Finally, another Chetan Bhagat novel hits the market. This time it’s stylish, attractive in terms of cover page design, one of the reason that forced me to purchase this book. The next thing was a brief introduction on back cover – ‘Once upon a time, in small town India, there lived two intelligent boys . One wanted to use his intelligence to make money. One wanted to use his intelligence to start a revolution. The problem was, they both loved the same girl.’ Within seconds of reading the last line I grabbed the novel.
The novel begins from a naughty classroom mischief by a 5th class boy named Gopal who ate half of the chocolate cake from tiffin of classmate Aarti. The girl cries, boy is punished, apologizes for eating half cake… soon become the best friends. Another classmate Raghav is their mutual friend. Story goes on…
After 8 years, since Gopal and Aarti became friends. Their bonding grows, mutual attraction.. love type stuffs increases (only love type, not really love). Dating on boat in river Ganga in the holy town of Varanasi, description of evening prayers on ghats, temple rituals adds glory and soft touch to this story.
This is Chetan Bhagat’s novel… how can IIT’s, engineering be skipped. Next few chapters touches upon the race (not Formula 1) to crack IIT and AIEEE exam. Gopal and Raghav, with goal to become engineers get ready for the crazy exams. From coaching to exam, results to second attempts, kota city as a coaching hub.. life during IIT preparation and lot more. I bet, you read this you will have a detailed knowledge of how and where to crack entrance examinations. Some of you might even crack without coaching classes.. the books goes into that much detail. Lol 😀
Gopal fianlly gives up as he is not able to find a good engineering college even after the second attempt. Whereas Raghav cracks the IIT-JEE and lands up in IIT-BHU. Aarti on the other hand wishes to become an air hostess, joins a hospitality course. Now, Raghav and Aarti are much more close to each other than Aarti & Gopal were 😛 Confused.. read on the book. You will get to know why and how ?
Next, the life takes a turn for Gopal, suffering from financial crises and not able to get into a private engineering college, he opens his own college. Raghav, on the other hand, rejects job offer from Infosys and joins Danik newspaper as a passion. I know, this sounds crazy and insane.. for all hows and whys go through the book !!
Overall, ‘Revolution 2020 is a good read. But don’t expect too much. The best part is it shows how a girl can screw your life 😛 what a girl feels, how she changes in just few seconds, her unpredictable nature.. then comes serious stuffs .. corruption.. money..power !!
At the end, you will at least learn how to crack engineering entrance exams and how to deal with girls 😀 For this wonderful teaching, I give credit to Mr. Chetan Bhagat. Last, but most important find out where and with whom is Aarti 🙂
Happy Reading !!
When I look at past I smile,
when I look at present I celebrate,
but when I look at future I see tears in my eyes…
I wonder how the four years passed,
how life became fun, fearless and free.
how new souls touched upon.
I thank u for the beautiful and everlasting memories.
Thank u guys n gals.. some short ones and some really tall
for writing splendid pages in my book.
I will really miss u buddies and sweat-hearts.
It’s the little things that count,
my first bunk n first proxy,
pointers and projects,
batch and batch-mates,
late night movies and maggis,
long chats and messages,
birthday parties and cake fights,
first peg n leg piece,
the first crush(s) and the first love.
It wouldn’t have been possible without u.
Thanks for beautiful friendship
and for sharing, caring and loving.
Thanks for unforgettable moments,
sparkling days and nights.
I wish we always stay in touch online and offline
wherever we are…
Let us keep our mobiles ringing,
wall posts moving.
Let’s better take care of each other,
in whatever mood we may be,
howsoever busy we may be.
Let’s keep creating great stories..Wish u success !!
Besta Luck !!
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Magic moments from my college life that I shared with you !!
Jab We Met – 1st year
First day at the campus went with fear of ragging (though it literaly didn’t happen) and surprises because very hour brought something new. I had hostel room with a known friend and that was something good. It was for the first time I was away from home, living in hostel… I was excited but sad. Terribly missed my school and friends. Soon was given an unique identitiy as enrollment no. which threw me in batch popularly known as ‘2A’ ( our cse section was divided in 5 batches). Making friends was fun and difficult as I hardly knew anyone. And there were just 3 girls in my batch. Sem 1 passed studying subjects, understanding and adjusting to examination patterns, making new friends…
Then sem 2 brought new ideas and changes. It was for the first time went online on orkut… friends list kept growing and growing as aquitances became to be familiar and many became friends. Real fun had just began… days passed by attending lectures, chatting online, creepy scraps (orkut was at its peak), eating out in cafes, leisure time, cultural fest. Mass bunking was also witnessed… it was new for me as I didn’t bunk in my school days. It had one red letter day too… when I made first proxy in maths class and made it perfectly well… though my heartbeat stopped for a moment.
As we know life can’t always go smooth… Physics classes and specifically physics lab really sucked. Pending experiments and experiments that sometimes I thought were really of no use for cse guys took out every nerve… calculations were getting worse. But with my lab partner, together learnt the art of handling them. Some labs were really interesting, computer labs were enjoyable; electronics lab was way beyond awesome… thanks to our group of four students. Had a lots of gossips, fun, mischiefs with them… and sometimes were at the verge of being thrown out because of some funny creatures 😀
I also remember my first b’day in college… running away, playing hide and seek, b’day bumps… it was amazing. First year was something that took me away from my personality; made me open and more talkative and friendly that many of my school friends weren’t able to believe. At last it ended well and with a good pointer.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – 2nd year
Second year went a lot more smoother… academics was at its best… bond of friendship grew stronger. Physics and maths were the worst hit areas… all weird topics… non-sense derivations. This was the time 2A batch made its presence felt all over… with highest no. of mass bunks made history. Yet it was the best in class. It had best toppers and back-holders, smokers and drinkers, best CS and AOE players, best sports person, some funny some serious, some dominant some timid… few flatterers and many with experience of DISCOs… 2A batch had its own style and fascination that will be admired forever. It was also the period when facebook overshadowed orkut… when more girls became friends… crushes kept rising.
Next was Sem 4, what I called, the turning point of my life and which rapidly changed my profile… I got entry into the editorial board as a designer. Some seniors became very good friends… my creative designing and innovation touched many. Another event that added glow to my life was sudden love for blogging… With some super natural powers I wrote a fictious love story ( A Date to Remember ) which was loved by my friends… the no. of hits went in 3 digits per day. Later I even got it legally copyrighted… because for me, it was more than a love story. This was just the begining of a new phase and I knew something more was awaited, but didn’t know what.
Vaah Life Ho To Aisi – 3rd year
In just one line 3yr year was a blast, the best part of my life… dreams were almost turning into reality. Even the campus was rocking with strikes, full day bunks… it was more like a freedom struggle. In my free time, now I watched movies and studied less.
My love for designing, blogging and databases became more profound. With the onset of sem 6 I became Oracle Certified DBA and had designed some of the best stuffs. Soon I was also given the task of heading the editorial board in the absence of seniors. This was one of the most difficult challenges in my life but the most motivating and interesting. With my team, finally we were able to deliver the best magazine ever published. Celebrations were awesome (I’m afraid to disclose it).
Then, the best of best; I got the chance to represent Jaypee Group at India Today Conclave 2010 that was all about international celebrities, limelight, astonishing experience… met many renowned celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor, Asin, James Cameron, Chris Huges, many more… even got autographs. The dream didn’t end here… even got a photograph with Salman Rushdie in a national newspaper. Enjoyed the lavished lifestyle, multi-cusine food, page 3 audience and even made some good friends on the three day trip.
As it is said by someone, you can’t always be wining. A good balance of winning and losing is imporatant. It was now time to lose something. Like sensex my pointer crashed severly.
Dil Maange More – 4th year
After 3 years of college I was no more a studious geek… in first year I used to withhold mass bunks but now I supported. Got more spoiled. This time India Today Youth Summit was a true delight… with Katrina Kaif just few meters away.
Though less classes were going as per schedule… the fear of studies, placements, MBA exams became horrifying. Project labs and presentations were order of the day. Every where only R.S. Aggarwal’s logic reasoning and quant books were seen. Those really serious about MBA were solving every single page of CL books. Girls were crazier than boys.
Then it was turn of most important day Infy placement day. With some nervousness and high hopes went for it. On night of that day, after clearing written exam and delivering a good interview felt a sigh of relief. Late night, I also had a pre-placement party with my friends. Infy was followed by Accenture… written was a simple walk and interview was amazing and easy (was lucky enough to have good panels). Finally, I found myself placed in Infy for which I had opted for. Infy placement brought more fun in life and brought smiles as final year project was dropped, sem 8 was shrinked to 30 days… and most adorable part was joining 5 months before garduation. Sem 8 was coined as InfySem was all about celebrations, parties, bunks, recollecting beautiful days and clicking pictures… and at last heartdly saying goodbye with tears in eyes.
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
These four years that seemed too long at begining went so fast. They were magical. I ‘ll miss those amazing moments, sweet friends, beautiful campus, unlimited freedom, the joy of lectures and bunks, gazing and discussing about girls, the first peg with friends… late night maggi parties, staying awake full nights to complete assignments and projects… the fun in classrooms n labs, some cool fights, beautiful days and nights; last n most important all the endless gossips and mischiefs.
Time spent with each one of you will always remain in my heart forever !!
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Cheers & Besta Luck !!
Friends let’s share some beautiful moments or events of our college life. Feel free to write (comment tab is on top)… so that we can always smile when we read them 🙂
I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
The Wall Street
A mega collage on a wall with an area of 29700 cm sq made in just 3 months
Newspapers used – The Times of India, The Hindu, The Economic Times
Get ready to drive your way through the Street…
U r gonna love the Straight View, find surprises in the Sky View and enjoy the Sea View !!
1. What The World Is Reading -> Global, Tech Tonic, Music, Cinema, Sports, Relationships, Travel, Books …
2. Times Life -> Soul Curry, O-Zone, God & I, Body Basics, Life …
|<|———- What The World Is Reading ———-|>|
|^|———- Times Life ———-|^|
You Gonna Love It
This is what I did whenever I used to get bored in Semester 7 in my hostel room at the campus. Cutting some catchy clippings and pictures from newspapers and turning them into a collage 🙂
Holidays can neither be created not destroyed but can change form i.e. can be postponed or preponed under different circumstances.
– Ankit Gogia
Note: This law is partially applicable to existing national and festive holidays. It excludes emergency services. Only valid for official holidays not personal leaves.
Part 1 – Holidays cannot be created
Statement 1: To avoid inconvenience to participants and reduce traffic on roads all school and colleges are closed due to CWG Delhi 2010.
=> Holidays during 3 Oct 2010 to 14 Oct 2010
But school and colleges are very smarts.
So they have reduced the winter and autumn vacations and made Saturdays working. Many have also kept extra hours to compensate the lost time for studies.
=> Holidays are reduced from previously scheduled ones and are kept for reason of CWG.
=> No extra holiday was created for CWG. Small amount of hours were collected from other days that make up CWG holidays.
Statement 2: It’s too cold today… intense fog with chilly waves. Schools closed.
=> Fun filled day for students… getting up late enjying sleeping in quilts. No school.
=> Studies lost due to closing of schools and working days need to be equated.
So, what to do ????
Simple cut the winter vacations and make it very short.
=> Holidays that was due for winter vacations have been given before in lieu of intense cold wave.
=> No additional holidays was created but it changed form (in terms of date)
Statement 3: Due to voting in the state all schools, colleges and offices are off.
=> People who were supposed to work and study, have been given time to caste their vote. Though many of them won’t even care to do so.
But, no work was done in offices…organisations suffered loss in terms of money, time, etc —— A
From A, government and organisation decided to cancel a weekend holiday or no. Of holidays allowed.
=> Saturday was declared as working day and many private companies have also reduced the permisible holidays by 1 day.
=> 1 holiday was witnessd on voting day but 1 holiday was also reduced.
=> No. Of holidays did not change. Change =0
This implies, Holiday changed form. No new holiday was created.
Part 2 – Holidays cannot be destroyed
Let, us assume the one of the national holiday.
=> All schools, offices and organisations are closed (except emergency services like police and doctors)
=> No work shall be done. A complete off.
=> Holiday cannot be used for working purpose.
Thus, the holiday cannot be destroyed.
From part 1 and part 2, we proved the law of Conservation of Holidays !!