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May 23, 2013

Old Notes on 'What Young India Wants' by Chetan Bhagat

Publisher : Rupa Publications
Author : Chetan Bhagat

Rating : 2.5 / 5

What Young India wants by Chetan Bhagat is a collection of his selected essays and columns written over a period of time over various publishing mediums. Bhagat constantly talks about corruption free India and how society should get rid of it and create a progressive society. Bhagat clearly could not be bothered to delve beneath the surface, and pelts us with his fast-flowing ruminations—that most politicians are greedy scums of the earth for instance or that our education system needs a serious overhaul—that they reflect popular sentiment broadly enough to elicit a “me too!” reaction from his readership. 

Divided into three sections - Our Society, Politics and Our youth, the book contains major points but just like his newspaper columns and essays, this one also do not take pains to do any depth analysis. You would think that in a book, he would take the liberty to be more open and responsive but unfortunately it does not happen. As a result, book defies logic and is devoid of any layers.

What Chetan does well is what he usually does. Be simplistic, yet reach out to a layman. So all those who don't take a deep interest in political and socio-economic issues, it can be a good starting point to get introduced to the concerns of the nation. With tight editing, simple language and natural flow of words, it can be a good initial source to get introduced to the nation and then may be "want" something from it. Overall, an average read brought down by the author reluctance to delve deeper into the material.

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