Pre-Revolution 2020 letter to my readers.


Dear All, 

I cannot remember the last time I wrote a personal blog entry. There was a time, not so long ago; I used to do this regularly.  Twitter spoils us. You can get away with posting one line, and have everyone see it immediately. However, Twitter doesn’t allow elaboration of thoughts, or the feelings behind them. Mostly it is ok, but every now and then, I feel the need to share more with my readers. This happens especially before a book launch. It is the time when I am most vulnerable emotionally, and expressing myself helps.

So, here were go again. Another book releases in less than twenty days. Revolution 2020, something I have lived with for the last two years, is finally going to be out there in the world on October 8th 2011. Countless opinions shall follow, and the book will finally find its place in the world. I remember the how nervous I had felt right before the release of 2 States, my last book in October 2009. I had gone to ISKCON temple in Mumbai the night before and blogged about it later. I do not feel as much nervousness, at least as yet. Maybe I have matured, maybe I am confident about Revolution 2020, and maybe I am just numb. I need to get away for a while, and will share more about that in a moment.

A lot has changed for me in the two years since the last book. More than anything, I think the readership is wider and broader than it ever was before. This is for the following reasons:

  1. My last book 2 States, became the most widely read of all my works. For the first time, I saw housewives and senior citizens pick up my book in large numbers, perhaps connecting to the universal theme of marriage and parental approval.
  2. After 2 States, 3 Idiots, an adaptation of Five Point Someone, came out in December 2009. The movie did extraordinarily well, and reached places where none of my books had reached. Almost anywhere in India I travelled, I found a new set of readers for my books, who had picked them up after watching 3 Idiots.
  3. In 2009, I started doing columns for English and Hindi newspapers. Every two weeks since then, I have had a chance to share my thoughts about the nation with a totally different set of readers – the people who read editorial pages, but not necessarily my books. Both TOI and Dainik Bhaskar have readership in crores, and it will be interesting to see if my column readers pick up Revolution 2020.
  4. In the last two years, Twitter and Facebook exploded as well. Millions of readers now connect with me through these two sites and they are a source of constant support for me.

In light of the above developments, it would be interesting to see the initial response to Revolution 2020. I try to not think about the magnitude of expectations, and for that reason I think it would be a good idea to get away for a while.  Hence, even though the book launch is right around the corner, starting tomorrow I shall be in Thailand for a yoga retreat for a week. I will be somewhat disconnected from India and I think that will help settle my mind right before the launch. The program is supposed to be quite tough, as you don’t really eat much the entire week (a glass of juice per day is what I have been told!). Thus, in the middle of all these high profile fasts in the country, I’d be getting away to do my own, and mostly for my own sake.

On the personal front, my twin boys have grown up. They are seven years old now. They were born just two months after my first book came out. Thus, in some ways they reflect my age as an author – still quite young, and hopefully, a long way to go. It is fun to be at home and watch them grow up, even though they disturb me every now and then from my writing. But as Krish says in 2 States – ‘what is life without being disturbed by the right people?’

Anusha is busy at work. She is Chief Operating Officer at her bank, which as you can guess from the title, is quite a big deal. People often call her superwoman. She has maintained her career, brought up twins well and handled a crazy husband. I think she is quite a role model for Indian women.

Apart from books, I spend my time doing talks, which have grown tremendously over the last two years. It is from these talks that Revolution 2020 was born. The talks help me stay connected to India. At the same time, they make my schedule hectic. In the last one year alone, I visited 55 cities.

Hence, I have become terrible at replying to calls, messages and keeping in touch. One of my goals after Revolution 2020 is to simplify life, be more selective in what I choose to do, and make more time for family, friends and myself.

For now however, I have to bring my new baby to the world. Revolution 2020 carries fantastic feedback from the people who have read it, so frankly I am not too worried. To keep things simple, I would do the initial launches only in Mumbai and Delhi, and then get to other cities in a few weeks. I will post details on the same later. This time the title of the book doesn’t reveal so much about the story, but I think that will add to the fun of reading it. I can’t wait for your feedback.

I hope the book launches go well. After all that, in December, I have also promised my family that I will take them on a nice long vacation, especially after the book launch madness, and a part of me is looking forward to that as well.

Thank you once again for your constant support through the years – in almost everything I have attempted to do. I always say: my personal goals in life are already met. I now live for people who have made me – you, my readers.

With that, I better go pack for my 7-day escape before the madness.

Don’t be serious, be sincere.

Love,

Chetan


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  1. Aditya kapoor says:

    Hi Chetan Sir
    Just read your novel revolution twenty 20,sir the ending should not be like this,this guy gopal was madly in love with aarti,then how can he let her go sir.He deserved her more than raghav.

  2. Debashis Das says:

    Hi Chetan Sir

    I just completed ur R2020. In the ending I felt my tears ran down. A person (Gopal) sacrifice his love for his friends life(Raghav) and for the society for Revolution. Hats off to u sir for this mind blowing story. But I felt quite upset its not the ending, it nevers. Please write R2020 part 2

  3. Ashish says:

    Hello sir I’m a huge fan of you since the half girlfriend novel. I recently read your novel revolution 2020, its amazing story.. It made me cry, gopal is really amazing. He deserves aarti. Please make a sequel. I want aarti with gopal. 🙂😭😭

  4. wow really awesome stuff and one of the best website and i loved the content and will follow the blog for more updates.

  5. Ratnesh says:

    Sir I’m huge fan of your novels
    Recently I read your novel revolution 2020,In the end I got emotional
    Gopal deserves aarti more than raghav
    Pls sir make a sequel
    I want Gopal back with aarti

  6. Pratik Shete says:

    Sir, i’ve read all of your novels, R2020 is the last and recent I’ve experienced. I know how better you write and I loved every novel except R2020 which made me feel slightly disappointed at last. The ending also didn’t felt realistic (even the suicide of gopal would have!). I think you should come up with a sequel of that with Aarti knowing about the plan of Gopal to make her leave him. Please rethink about this for the sake of millions of readers you have. thank you!

  7. Sambhav Rawat says:

    Sir,I have too like millions of other people read all of your novels but my favourite is R2020. I just want to ask you that is this story entirely true or not.If it is true couldn’t Aarti come to know through your novel what Gopal did and why he did it in the ending…

  8. ajay prasad says:

    Good post keep sharing

  9. Awesome post Thanks for sharing

  10. Deepak poddar says:

    Sir i am your big fan….i like way you write story….sir in every book you make us emotional…. revolution 2020….is a great novel….but i wanted to know that is the story is real or imaginary…..every time when i read your books….i fell in love with the characters… but this time i fell in love with characters and also i respect gopal sacrifice….but i think gopal deserve aarti more than raghav…..cause gopal was alone when his father died….his life was hell….only aarti was the person in his life who make him feel special and alive….. while raghav was happy with his work…and doing great….and gopal loved aarti all his life…and every time he does his best to make aarti feel special in this world….so gopal was not good but best for her….sir if u read this please reply me…..

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