Book Review : Two States By Chetan Bhagat

I had read all the three books by Chetan Bhagat and was least enthusiastic about the upcoming ‘Two States’. Though ‘Five Point Someone’ was an interesting read, I found ‘One night at the call centre’ and ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ utterly boring. So you can see my lack of enthusiasm in the midst of all this excitement about his new book – Two States, the story of my marriage. But when I got positive reviews from many sides, I didn’t wait much to get hold of the book in the very first chance. I don’t regret that now.

The part I liked best appears in the back cover and it summarizes the story:

Love marriages around the world are simple:

Boy loves girl. Girl loves 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.

The story starts when Krish Malhotra meet Ananya Swaminathan in the IIMA cafeteria. The relationship goes through the usual steps of so called ‘just friends’ to a full fledged love affair. Their dilemma starts at the point when they decide to get married; all with their parents’ blessings. What more can someone expect when Ananya hails from a Pure Brahmin Tamilian family and Krish from a Punjabi family. The dysfunctional nature of the families doesn’t add any beauty to their pitiable state. The two states is a story about the journey of Krish and Ananya and their respective families from a state of total discord to some kind of acceptance for each other.

The ending is pretty clear from the title, but the author has written the story very well that the readers don’t mind knowing the end. Chetan has dwelled on each aspect of the story, but never dragging it at any point and keeping in humourous and interesting. The unexpected twist in the end is quite welcome for the readers who are waiting to see the marriage.

My verdict – Pick it up if you are looking for some interesting read, especially if you are planning for a long train journey. You’ll enjoy it to the end

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