BOOK REVIEW

BY CHANDNI WADHWA ROLL NO.50 F.Y.B.M.M. NAME OF THE BOOK:- ‘2 STATES-THE STORY OF MY MARRIAGE’ AUTHOR:- CHETAN BHAGAT PRICE:- Rs.95/PUBLISHER:- RUPA & CO. Chetan Bhagat has been hailed as the most popular, influential and biggest selling Indian author in English language. With his previously released three books being widely read across the country, his fourth release ‘2 States’, is another masterpiece from this young novelist. ‘2 States-The Story Of My Marriage’ was released by Bhagat on 8th October,2009 after he quit his job as an investment banker. It is a story about a couple coming from two different states of India, who face hardships in convincing their parents for approval of their marriage. The novel is a work of fiction but is said to be inspired from the real story of the author and his wife Anusha, who are from Delhi and Tamil Nadu, respectively. 2 States: The Plot The plot is a basic one-girl meets boy, they fall in love, etc. But by the end of the above description, this couple- Ananya & Krish- almost fell out of love trying to get their respective families to like each other. So you have a fun loving Punjabi boy from Delhi fall in love with a South Indian girl,who is a Tamil Brahmin from Chennai. More like a marriage of Paranthas and idlis ,panner and coconut! The initial pages of the book are set up in IIM-Ahmedabad. Krish and Ananya meet in the canteen for the first time and eventually over a few days of combined study, fall in love. Later it moves to South where Krish takes a job at Citibank Chennai, Ananya’s hometown and pays visits to her house to warm up her parents and brother. In my opinion, this section is the most interesting section of the story. It is expertly narrated and the author has managed to successfully balance the most hilarious and emotional moments of the story. The story then continues where Ananya makes a short trip to Delhi, Krish’s hometown to meet his mother, who is very much against South Indian girls. Now, the biggest hurdle is when they have to convince their parents. But can a Punjabi and a Tamilian speak to eachother without any conflict? That is the twist in the story and can make many emotional readers shed tears. Does that mean the story does not have a ‘Happy Ending’? Well, being dedicated to an Indian audience,it should certainly have a happy ending. But what happens next and how the story shapes up is for the readers to find out. I am not going to reveal everything here as I do not want to be the suspense spoiler.

He focuses on striking a chord with the youth of India and chooses subjects which they can connect to and primarily. music. ‘2 States’ is written in lucid prose and linear narratives. it touches an emotional chord near the end as an alienated father and son overcome their reservations. betrayal.B. all facets of a relationship have been shortly dealt with: father-son. elaborate . In fact. The age old antipathy between North and South Indians is dealt with such delight that readers will often find themselves laughing away uncontrollably. exploitation. 2 States: The Writing Style A striking observation that I have made about Bhagat’s writing style is that he does not write like a typical literary. he wrote his fourth book-‘2 States’. His target audience is the YOUTH. at the time when IIT and IIM were considered the best educational options for every youngster. However Bhagat's dig at racism though sarcastic and direct is humorous and witty “Marble flooring is to a Punjabi what a foreign degree is to a Tamilian”. friendship. Indian families on the verge of break-up and then re-uniting. he chose to write a love story and what could better than choosing a North Indian boy and a South Indian girl as the protagonists! After all. Therefore. For example. The pace of the story. He always chooses topics which are the ‘talk of the town’ at that particular time. he hits hard at Indians over their austere attitude to cross-cultural. Since cricket has always been a trending topic in India. Having to face cultural differences is common in India with couples in love and as a youth icon. it works wonders with the average Indian reader.Also his characters have names of Hindu gods and religious undertones at some place. Bhagat shows his religiousness through the Aurobindo Ashram episode with Guruji in Pondicherry. inter-state love marriages. hassled traffic cops and tiny shops that sold groceries” or conflicting emotions between the land of paranthas and paneer and the land of idlis and dosas. ‘2 States: the story of my marriage’ is a formula book. Surprisingly. instead he writes according to what the masses would like to read.. Bhagat’s animated and passionate story telling comes through everywhere whether it is his delightfully familiar descriptions of an Indian city with its usual elements “like autos. the Indian Readers’ Market is mainly divided into North and South India. father-in-law-son-in-law. 2 States: Highlights of the book The humour is situational as well as slapdash and does manage to make the reader play a smile all along. which picks up from Bhagat’s earlier bestseller makes ‘2 States’ a no-put-downer. He does not publish a book because he has a story to tell. 2 States: Symbolism Chetan Bhagat has some affinity with numbers! All his books till date have a number in them.2 States: The Theme Chetan Bhagat has always tried saying something through his books and in 2 States. what can actually SELL in the market. he released ‘One Night at a Call Centre’.A. he published ‘The Three Mistakes Of My Life’. motherdaughter-. Bhagat truly delivers as his characters are totally identifiable. he writes like an M. It’s got emotions. boss-protégé. Then when the call centres were booming in the industrial market. His humour is at its best in exposing the stuck-up attitude of Indians regarding their own culture through Krish and Ananya's folks. under the camouflage of a sweet love story almost Bollywoodish. packed public buses. he released his first book ‘Five Point Someone’. This time. In ‘2 States’. romance.

office politics. and not as a literary piece. tearful mothers. just-for-laugh lines and a predictable ending. All in all. spirituality. .weddings. I would suggest everyone to read this book for its fresh approach to love and marriage.it is a romantic comedy that keeps you hooked right from the word go and takes you to a thrilling climax. nosy relatives.

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