Why one should read Chetan Bhagat’s latest Non-fiction?


What young India Wants!

I finished reading CB’s this latest work before a week. Thought to share some recommending thoughts.

So,what I can say about this book is that, it is surely a good work. Being a blockbuster fiction writer and jumping into such non-fiction work is not a one night work. He has taken time, researched enough then he has ended writing.

India is co-projected with China as the next superpower of the world, we clap and feel good after listening to how the Indian people are being considered one of the influential people of the world in the areas of politics, science, art etc. India is considered to be a superpower by 2050, we boast of the word superpower. Is it so easy? Rather, is it possible, by taking in account the current situation in country?


I think we need to rethink. Chetan has thought, actually he has given a bird’s eye view of the current India.  Including three blocks of the country – the society, the politics, the youth.

He has started from the first and the foremost thing of the nature- value. We need to think about Indian Values than blaming the western or any other cultures.

The nepotism issue in India is very well described by him, comparing with USA example of the success of Zukerberg. We need to create other landmarks also,TATA-BIRLA –AMBANI are not enough.

The best thing he has talked about in the article ‘What’s a citizen’s life worth?’ is the Bhopal Gas Accident and how the government silently witnessed the culprits running out of the laws. He has given the example how the Obama government penalized the business giant company BP for the Mexico gulf disaster. We need to learn from them.

The government of India is working on women empowerment from the last two decades. Is it fruitful? Umm,well, 87% of the Indian women are under stress on contrast to 53% workaholic American women. Something is wrong. Is it called women empowerment?

In politics section he has shown the real picture of Indian politics, how we choose leader, an interesting topic is about political princes. Politics matters, we need to change, it can be changed.

In youth, he has included his famous convocation speech about the billion sparks at Symbiosis Institute. It feels good! He has added the thoughtful issues like non-profit education, importance of the English, how our syllabuses are out-dated (I personally feel and face this in my current education).

What young India wants gives a somewhat proper angle of what is going on in the country and what can be done about it.

By the way, Nobel prizes are going to be announced from 8th October,2012. Indians are sure that none of the Indian, working in Indian laboratory is going to achieve. In a decade or two, we satisfy ourselves  by hearing ‘Person of Indian origin shared a Nobel Prize’. It doesn’t give that self-feeling. We need to work on innovation,creativity and nurture it.

At the end, let’s hope, a billion people can at least make their lives better, let’s not think of being superpower by working only on the economy, let’s treat the core , not the outcome.


Seven social sins:

politics without principles

wealth without work

pleasure without conscience

knowledge without character

commerce without morality

science without humanity

worship without sacrifice.

– Mahatma Gandhi


About Bhagyesh Pathak

Traveller, Reader, Rationalist, Biotechnologist, Science communicator. An avid learner of new things. Enjoys reading books, blogging, gazing at sky, working on hobby electronics projects, practicing Guitar chords and watching movies. An advocate of skill-development for everyone and immediate-renaissance in the field of education. Supporter of Mars Colonization by humans (Our Next Giant Leap)
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