What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat

What Young India Wants is a first book by this celebrated author Chetan Bhagat which I read to the completion. I otherwise left Five Point Someone in the middle, never bothered for One Night @ The Call Center, laid The 3 Mistakes Of My Life halfway to the end, had no expectation with 2 States and bought Revolution 2020 just because Flipkart was selling it at throwaway price ! I would still be skeptical about his other (read forthcoming) novels yet again, but would always welcome books like such.

For the title which sports the the phrase ‘Young India’ refers to India itself as a young or developing country, NOT the young Indians or youth which is a very cleverly conceived line keeping in mind that most of the readers of Chetan Bhagat comes from that pool only. It certainly means the reforms and socio-political practices that India as a young, contemporary & ailing country deserves NOT the aspirations and ambitions of an Indian Youth.

To begin with, the book opens up with an autobiographical treat which spans upto certain pages being descriptive over the author’s early days and what brought him up as a full time writer. It was interesting to read his odyssey from a student to a bank employee to a novelist and eventually a columnist. His fans may find it insightful as few facts of his personal life has been inked.

As a matter of fact, What Young India Wants is a first non-fiction venture by Chetan Bhagat which consists of compilation of his essays and articles (columns to be more precise) which he scribed over the time for newspapers. The book divides into 3 major categories dealing with Society, Politics & Youth followed by a small section for a couple of short fiction.

Chetan no doubt has a great flair of writing – but at some places his articulation in some contexts seemed to be plagued with I-am-still-learning-the-subject which may appear like a work of an amateur. But on the positive note, he has picked up his own style of writing which is prominent in all his articles. Contrary to other ‘rockstar’ columnists who will either carry their rant against the situation or will get away just with a suggestive article, Chetan tries to cite the problem first (and even goes ahead drawing an analogy to make it easily decipherable for general readers), then discusses the root cause & future worries if associated with it and then then finally puts forth the ideas which can supposedly alleviate from ongoing crisis. At many points, his idea of reforms or revival may sound opinionated, but that’s again is a matter of debate.

A must read for his fans who want to graduate from lofty stuffs that Chetan Bhagat penned earlier and for the one who admires his Sunday articles.


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