Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2 States’: The Story of My Marriage- Book Review

Book: 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
Author: Chetan Bhagat
ISBN: 8129115301
ISBN-13: 9788129115300,978-8129115300
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2009
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Edition: 4thEdition
Number of Pages: 268
Language: English
Where To Buy: Flipkart

Undoubtedly Chetan Bhagat is a known name amongst English writers in India. We have already read his three previous books; with the last one published a year ago. Bhagat’s books are generally light-hearted and easy to read kind with least usage of jargons, which I think are the main reasons of his great popularity, mostly amongst the youngsters. Three of his previous books are Five Point Someone, One Night at a Call Centre and 3 Mistakes in My Life. Through this book, Chetan Bhagat has partly portrayed the real life moments of his life and marriage. The 269 pages book deals with the love story of Ananya and Krish.

This is the story of Ananya Swaminathan, a tamil Brahmin girl and Krish, a Punjabi boy. They both study together at IIM Ahmedabad. Initially they become friends and study together every night and in the due course of time they fall head over heels in love with each other. Soon both of them get good jobs and decide to marry. Then their struggle to convince each other’s parents starts. Though they are able to do that, but through some twist Ananya’s parents refuses Krish as their son-in-law. But at the end of the story, all is well between the two families and they get married at the end.
Chetan Bhgat’s most of the books have a few things in common. The protagonists are young and modern, they are either from IIT or IIM, the plots are mostly Bollywoodish, where heroes propose on their knees, the F- word is mostly used during conversation and lastly there is a twist in the end of the story. These are a few basic things that are mostly found in Chetan Bhagat’s books. This book contains humour as an interesting part while depicting the two different cultures of the two states.
The romantic element in the book is depicted in a very sensible manner and the story line is not very enticing, yet entertaining. Though the story is predictable at some time, the essential elements that Chetan Bhagat’s book contains are the same. There is fun, humour and entertainment almost throughout the book. And the contents are easy to read and understand which makes the book all the more readable. There are some portions of the book which are similar to his previous books. Overall, the fourth book of Chetan Bhagat is good for a one time read, unless you are looking for thrill, mystery and uncanny suspense.

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