2 States, The Story Of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat, Finished reading on 8th November 2009
“Love marriages around the world are simple: Boy loves the girl , Girl loves the Boy. They get married. In India there are a few more steps:
Boy Loves Girl, Girl Loves Boy
Girl’s family has to love boy. Boy’s family has to love girl.
Girl’s family has to love boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family.
Girl and boy still love each other. They get married.
Welcome to 2 states, a story about Krish and Ananya who are from two different states of India, deeply in love and want to get married. Of course, their parents don’t agree. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple have a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince. Will they make it?”
What do you like Chetan Bhagat? Is it the uncomplicated language? Is it the way we could relate to the characters? Is it the unexpected twist that we all expect at the end? Is it the ‘dude language’ and ‘attitude’ of the protagonists? Or is it really the F word that is sprinkled across the ‘dish’ oh sorry, novel? Though it seems funny, starting with the cult novel ‘5pt som1’ , this style of writing has always hit the cord with the readers. Here is the same story again.
If you have read earlier novels of CB, you can see that, 2 states is on the same lines as of ‘5pt som1’. For those who think that they did not get enough of IIM life from ‘5pt som1’, this novel is a manna from heaven. The love blossoming part in college days is my favourite in this book. 2States keeps the reader on toe till the end. At times, I could not hold myself from laughing out loudly much to the annoyance of my roomies. It is a page turner, smooth read (With a ‘‘No Dictionary needed’ guarantee), witty and as expected, with a bit less of emotional drama flavour’.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would love to have more from the author. It is the kind of blueberry cheese cake, which melts in your mouth, gives you few self- indulgent moments and does not do much good to your health. Still you love it. I will go with a 4 for this book.