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A wedding in India is a complex affair that involves more than just the bride and groom - it includes every member of both the families. Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States is the author’s personal account of the challenges that he and his wife faced in convincing their parents to agree to their love marriage.
The novel is a hilarious take on the complications that arise within Indian families, especially when youngsters from diverse backgrounds fall in love and decide to tie the knot. As Bhagat aptly portrays, not only should the couple be willing to wed, but their families have to accept the union too!
Bhagat leads his readers through the love story of Ananya and Krish, who belong to two culturally diverse states in India. They fall deeply in love during their time together in college, and as time goes on, they decide to get married. To be happily married ever after, though, they have an arduous task ahead. They have to persuade their parents, and for this, Krish must figure out a way to fit into a traditional south Indian household, and Ananya must try and compete with her Punjabi counterparts.
Bhagat belts out a quirky and witty novel that’s peppered with humor, and the contrast of a Punjabi and Tamilian household is brought out through this book.
About the Author
Chetan Bhagat is a columnist, speaker and author from India. He left a career in international investment banking in the year 2009 to spend his time writing fiction.
Bhagat has authored other bestsellers, and his works include:
Bhagat follows a light-hearted and simple way of writing. Though his books and columns have drawn sharp reviews from critics, he still enjoys a large fan base.
Chetan Bhagat is a graduate from IIT (New Delhi) and a post graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad), and both institutes are of high repute and distinction. He married his sweetheart Anusha Suryanarayan, whom he met at IIM in the year 1999. Their love story was the inspiration for the book 2 States.
|Publisher||Rupa & Co|
|Number of Pages||268 Pages|
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Beauty of Life comes in small thing...the same way Chetan's novels have captivated a whole new genre of readers..who have the power to transform our nation.His message is clear..the narrow boundaries of States should fall before India the Nation and ofcourse love proves the tool to do away with such ills..Yeah!!I loved this novel in that way...the tone of Chetan's novels always present the story frankly and reading novels about things of our own lyf truly stir our memories..both sweet and yeah..sad.But that's what is great about Chetan.
My Final Judgement Dear Prospective Readers...JUST BUY THE BOOK..NO 2ND THOUGHTS..
To Chetan Sir::JUST GO ON ,MAKE US READ & THINK ,IAM SURE U WILL ONEDAY COME OUT WITH A MASTERPIECE THAT WILL SURELY CHANgE HOW WE THINK ABOUT INDIA..WAITING 4 THAT DAY WITH ALL MY HEART
I completed it in 8 consecutive hours (from 11:30pm-7:30 am).I have been preparing for CAT plus have a boyfriend from IIT-D (currently working in J.P. Morgan chase), who is a devil-may-care kindda and innocent (because least interested in girls and I career-focused) guy. A couple of things in your story and mine do match. Two things were bugging my mind like anything. first-will I’ll be in one of the IIMs, and second-will he ever grow up? Now it had to happened, I got to read it. Actually he had threatened me not to read it till I am done with CAT.
Time for THE EXPERT'S COMMENTS (bad joke? I know)...as everyone in the country is aware it's a moving love story though common in story but outstanding in narration..(Actually things become common, how we can expect God to create a new story for everyone. Population Problem you see.)...Apart from my "non-jhelable jokes”. I would like to adulate by saying "It was not just a love story but proved to me a motivational one, I started burning the midnight oils, and gird up my loins to make my dream come true(because i was really fascinated by the HALLMARK that you both possessed)..i even liked the blending of the flavor of 'united India' to it(since i am highly patriotic)..
And now I am so relaxed, and have stated to myself like his mine love story will also be fine. I have sent him a copy of the novel. Along with that I sent a love letter too to do some coaxing work and how can I forget mentioning, I put some leaves of a branch that touches my balcony (like Ananya did. sorry no flowers available neither in my hair nor in my balcony)...Thanks for bearing another writer and for the 'ACTUAL REVITALS'...i destressed myself..
Chetan Bhagat has outdone himself!..by far i found 5 point something to be his most compelling read...but 2 states has gone par the level bhagat set for himself.
The story of his love,his college, his fight for the love of his life, undying hope, trip into depression and finally his marraige is the story that many indians would relate to.The book has a perfect balance of side-splitting humor, tear producing emotions and a true indian feel to it. It makes an amazing read not once but many times over.Bhagat's knack of moulding the story from 1 scene to other with perfect transitionary elements makes me rank the book 5/5.
A must read!
well, five point someone came out when we'd just entered college.. and i'm talking about one of those residential colleges where hostel life is the most important aspect of college life, per se. got quite blown by the mere frivolity of it, the dashing cheekiness. it was probably the worst bit of english literature i'd read till then, and though i was aware of that fact, i couldn't help the laughter and the adrenaline rush that came with reading through the bittersweet exploits of that blundering adoloscent troika.
Five years down the line, Mr Bhagat has produced two more 'novels' in that confused Indianised english lingo. Probably he should've stopped at FPS, probably he shouldn't even have written FPS itself, given that in the 'accepted' sense of the expression, he's by no means a 'real author'. Instead, he went on writing his boorish stories, returned to India and finally quit his job in order to "devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country".
i can't say he is by any means a good writer, but i must say i have to respect his guts and his philosophy of life. English books at 95/- was never looked at as a good idea in India, but he made that idea transform the very definition of 'English readers in India'. and that's what i like about this man, he probably knows about his own limitations; he writes bad english and haven't had a mature plot to offer since FPS (though i'm not sure if the word mature really goes with FPS). but he wants to write, and he has certain opinions that he wants to propagate through his books and articles (yes, in the much-maligned TOI itself!) and he goes on doing that. and in doing that he's already en route achieving that thing which, eventually, is the most cherished goal of all well-intentioned art, IMPACT. and probably the same logic holds with Bollywood and TOI.
i, for myself, will buy this book and read it. thumbs up, Mr Bhagat!
Just finished reading 2 states. There are moments in the book which make you laugh and there are moments where you will get to think. But largely otherwise this book is just about average. I got a feeling that Chetan has repeated himself in this book. The book is not very long, but seems long and that's not good.
This book also seems to be written with the hope of converting it in a movie - too many formulas and impractical situations...probably would have worked slightly better if this were not a semi-autobiographic attempt. At times, it reads extremely corny and immaturish as well.
I am sure people who have read Chetan before (like me) will buy this book and read it and kind of enjoy it in parts atleast. His books have been light entertainment and at the price point that they sell, they are definitely worth the money that you put in and more. But whether his books remain with you and if they are your companions for multiple reads and peeks in between, i don't think so. And that's where Chetan now needs to break new grounds. Start with focusing on developing the characters, having more practical and sensible story-plots (not the typical bollywood jokes).
All said and done, i will wait for Chetan's next book - he is good fun for a few hours that it takes to read his books.
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