What Young India Wants

When the phrase ‘What Young India Wants’ haunts our mind, the very first thing that strikes us is, Development inspired by Western culture. This is what Bhagat has tried focusing over, all throughout. Beginning with his journey across Indian borders, the author lays emphasis on the stage that he covers in the process of his career as an investment banker. Varied differences and comparisons follow, silently covering the areas where other developed nations excel, and Indian resources lack. To keep the book away from a complete fiction, the author begins with describing his relations with India and wraps up his journey from his childhood to a young Indian to grabbing the abroad career opportunity to trying hands in literature, by writing his novels and showing how and when he took up writing as a full-time nourishing option. Along with writing, the author takes up the option of delivering motivational counseling and speeches. Writing gave him a column in various known and widespread newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar and The Times of India. Grasping a velocity, writer moves ahead with his idea of contributing to a number of social and political evils. However, he clarifies and claims in the very beginning that he has tried his level best to via this provide simple and meaningful solutions from the layman’s eye.

To tail up the inner contents of the book, author begins from a very personal level, or to say other way round, he marks the values to be inculcated in man into himself collectively a family, and the same collection spreading wider, to many families, thus a singular India. The book thus seems to be a small collection of articles, events and ideas from a country’s view point. Bhagat uses his complete experience in playing with words, but at some places, the words merely seem stories, being less realistic and lesser up-to-the-mark. The book is divided in three portions, first that contains a fairer idea of our society (Social) another that contains the history and play of our politics (Political).  And the last and most striking one, Our Youth.

If we look at the socialistic views of author, then we get to see various social and regional events, which fairly relate to our personal knowledge. The beginning of every chapter is almost done with the examples of events and developments abroad, where the social networking era is shown to have brought a great revolution all throughout the world, with the evolvement of Mark Zuckerberg, being the sole part in Social area that fascinated me and seemed to be inspiring. Next attribute that has been an applauding and a real intriguing effort is, comparing India with India. In simpler terms, it contains the region to compare India yesterday and India today. The issues that have been always restricted to papers and pens, like reforms in educational systems and using urban young aspirants to creep in the rural India, are being presented in a striking and applicable manner, bot necessarily on a mass level, but on a regional level too.

Coming towards to the latter pages, we get to taste writer’s pudding on the political issues. The statements put in through pages are in a way challenging, but highly practical. In other way, the same can help for a beginning of a better India, if and only if, put in practice. Beginning with the systems of voting, author tries to put forth various powers and responsibilities of a vote-giver and vote-deriver, the same, being discussed many times before, but presented in an altogether newer and interactive manner by the writer. Most of the emphasis is being laid on the idea of elections and making their fullest use. Besides being informative, the writer also tries to keep in touch with the political life lived by India in past years, along with their effects and consequences. Northern India has been taken as a subject of discussion, along with protesting Muslim Reservation, in order to stop any further division on the basis of castes. The extracts mentioned from the Anna Hazare Movement will make the reader wonder, whether we are really on the path of putting our Indian Parliament in the safer and more deserving hands and eyes. The same ending up with an absolute new beginning in the name of few pages rightly named as Let’s not confuse Peace with Love.

The last part, Our Youth, contains a very known picture, yet ignored factual description about our present day generation. It begins with the practical terminology of Suicide and its causes and aftermaths. And then the pace and booster of reading the book lowers down, when the writer starts the repetition of his previous books, viz., educational reforms, parental and peer pressure causing suicides, Indian Institute of Idiots, etc. Now what fascinated me the most was various direct-addressals and redressals to the supreme authorities managing India, in the form of various hands being presented by Bhagat. And the thing that will leave you with a smiling faced at the end is presence of two short stories – ‘Of Ducks and Crocodiles’ based on Indian Government,  and ‘The Cut-off’ being a small heart ploughing tale of the stress caused to students by ever-rising University Cut-offs.

Now, let’s pick-point those areas where book seems to suffer a big-time. The book contains a bird-eye view of various subjects and objects. The issues, taken by Bhagat for discussion for example, Mandi Economics, where author has taken up to discuss on Indian farmers and Government’s responsibility of their due nourishment or the grievances & complaints of airline industry, lack somewhere or the other in terms of not-so-detailed analysis. Thus, the reader can simply conclude, that the issues touched by the author needed a little more of research than how they are actually presented. No doubt, the things taken up for discussion, have a very healthy base and if done well, could have been an ultimate guide for the national servants. On the whole, the writer deserves a round of applause for this transformation of practical face of India from the fictional one. Do read the book and know some hidden and not-so-openly discussed facts of India by this book of Chetan Bhagat.

Rating – 5/5

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