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2 States & the story of my marriage by Chetan Bhagat

2 states

It’s a story that will make you feel delighted! Yeah! At the onset of the review only I must mention this. Three reasons to beg buy or borrow this book – 1) Most of us will connect to the story instantly. 2) It is simple & sweet, you will not be burdened with loads of complexities. 3) Last but I guess not the least – it is a cheap book available! A mere 95 rupees will not burn a big hole in anyone’s pocket. Well, we picked up at a discounted rate under the launch offer scheme.

I am not a big Chetan Bhagat fan but then I have read all his earlier 3 books. I had to redeem my earned points in my Saving Bank Account so I went ahead and ordered “One Night @ Call Centre” and man what a weird feeling I had after reading that. I could not understand what was so great about it! Even till date I don’t understand. May be by the time book had come out, I knew as an observer how the BPOs are. After all I had devoted good 1.5 years as Manager Accounts in a BPO so it was not new to me and I was able to relate to the story yet I was baffled why it was a rage! Then I picked up other two books by him – Five Point Someone & “3 Mistakes of my life”. Both of them were picked more out of curiosity rather than liking and yes his books are really cheaply priced so I never felt the pinch of spending. In fact, I was surprised at the price but then why not. I mean if books are available within a reasonable price reach, one would have more reason to buy and read rather than borrow or buy second hand. Long story cut short, all these 3 books had only one plus point that they were written in simple English. One doesn’t have sit with the dictionary to translate the meanings so they are like simple story books which you can finish at a stretch.

Coming back to the latest one – I will not say it is a master piece but yes the writer has actually evolved from his earlier 3 books. Though many may not agree but this one is the best out of all the four books now available in the market. Story is very simple. I was almost smiling throughout the book. And why not? I had a very very special and specific reason. I am a Pandit Brahmin from North India married to a Tamilian though not Iyers. So it was like a replication of things though neither I nor my hubby is from IIT or IIM. The similarity ends there, this is the reason I said most of us connect to the story immediately. It is a story of a Punjabi Munda (boy) meeting a Tamil Ponnu (girl) in IIMA setup. We will say, what big deal in today’s scenario but then yes a couple of years ago it was for sure a big deal. The story progresses at a reasonable pace. The first phase of the book introduces the lead characters – Krish & Ananya. It begins with how they meet each other. In spite of being in one of the biggest institutions where studies are a priority, they manage to fall in love. People will love these tidbits of life. The second & third phase involves the introduction of families, their dislike of each other, their disapproval of the relationship and how Krish pataofies the Tamil Family. Each chapter is a delight to read and the familiar settings of the places makes it all the more fun to read. The fourth section of the book has the reverse act where Ananya has to ensure that everyone in Krish’s family likes her and how she manages that. The fifth section focuses on the meeting of two families. And the last section concentrates on the end, well yes a Happy End where the boy marries the girl with the approval of both the families and then they live happily ever after.

I cannot say which section of the books is most enjoyable. All sections have their own importance in their own way. The story emphasizes on the family bonding, the togetherness and yes the never ending love in the relationship. The story also dwells upon the relationship of father-son, son-mother, husband-wife, the in-laws, the typical Punjabis born and brought up in Delhi, the staunch Tamil Brahmins. This reminds me of the instance, when I had told about Rajan to my mother, her instant reaction was – a Madrasi! Between, one even finds the touch of the spirituality in the story and a moral teaching on Forgiveness which is beautifully put in by way of interesting relationship between ex-army father and IIMA graduated son. There are some funny incidents picked from day to day life which I am sure each one of has gone through so it is easy to relate.

All said and done – the final word on the book is that it is worth picking up and makes a good read. So, please go and check it out for yourself on the shelves in bright red color.

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A Chartered Accountant by profession who enjoys writing or should we say keying ?! in her free time.

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20 comments

  1. chetan

    hey you are a big chetan bhagat fan,
    only after 2 days of its release, and you have not only bought it, but read it and posted a review.great
    i am looking forward to read it

  2. Amarendra R N

    Well, a hackneyed story in Hindi (and possibly other regional) films, don’t you think? :-)
    Does the IIM setting make things more intellectual and less emotional ? – I think not.
    Cheers !
    -A

  3. Sambitesh

    Oh ! wow Chetan Bhgagat comes out with his next. he might have a nice story to tell but he is not the greatest of story tellers.

  4. Prakash Jha

    Well…..”1 night @ call center” and “3 mistakes” gave many of us the feeling tht this guy is an one book wonder and can’t give us anything new…..2 States changed that all……just like 5 points…i cudnt keep this book till its finished…..and let me tell u thts 4:30 am and had to come to ofc at 9:30 today…….and the conclusion its really a very enjoyable and gripping book…though niether am I punjabi nor tamilian….but i hv close association with both the communities and i cudnt help but feel how typical Chetan’s observation are…….and as the mighty publisher of Rupa commented here…..still buying the book at 95 is really something when then indian english writer’s books are becoming more costly everyday…

  5. Anand Babu

    Thank you divya for posting such a nice review.

    I started with 2 states yesterday and completed it yesterday itself – such was the pace and the storyline of this book. You really can’t help but smile throughout.

    I liked ‘Five Point Someone’ very much. ‘One night at call center’ was a let down I should say and I didn’t read ‘3 Mistakes’ after some one said buying it was one of his biggest mistakes. But something told me I should read 2 states and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

    The way Chetan describes Ananya and her charactersitics,you can’t be blamed if you fall in luv wid her.Not to say u will feel jealous of Krish for having such a wonderful girlfriend.

    Enjoyment Guaranteed!

  6. Divya

    Once you start reading you cannot do anything else peacefully
    without finishing the book!!
    Fun guaranteed!

  7. Mickey

    Well…..”1 night @ call center” and “3 mistakes” gave many of us the feeling tht this guy is an one book wonder and can’t give us anything new…..2 States changed that all……just like 5 points…i cudnt keep this book till its finished…..and let me tell u thts 4:30 am and had to come to ofc at 9:30 today…….and the conclusion its really a very enjoyable and gripping book…though niether am I punjabi nor tamilian….but i hv close association with both the communities and i cudnt help but feel how typical Chetan’s observation are…….and as the mighty publisher of Rupa commented here…..still buying the book at 95 is really something when then indian english writer’s books are becoming more costly everyday…

  8. SHARMIN KHAN

    chetan bhagat has written a very inspiring book waiting for his next!!!!! hope so itz the same ……….

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