2 States : The Story of My Marriage

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Title: 2 States - The Story of my Marriage
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 268
Publisher: Rupa & Co.
ISBN-13: 9788129115300

Rating: 4/5

The fourth book by Chetan Bhagat, 2 States is about two people who fall in love and their struggle to get married due to the cultural differences. The book showcases, in a light humored way, the resistance to an inter caste marriage in India, even today.

The story begins with Krish, a Punjabi boy and Ananya, a Tamil Brahmin girl, meeting and falling in love at the IIM-A campus. Both of them choose to get married with their parent's consent. Thus begins the herculean task of convincing the parents. Krish and Ananya take turns in winning over each other’s families. Ananya’s family has been described as the typical stringent south Indian one, as a result of which the trouble Krish goes through to woo her stubborn parents. On the other hand, Ananya comes face to face with Krish’s pompous Punjabi clan and has to overcome the resultant prejudices. How the boy and the girl gain both the family's consent, makes the rest of the story.

This book is definitely recommended for a light and a quick read. The humor and romance is quite engaging. The teasing remarks on the Indian mentality and the light humored narrative makes for an absorbing read. The story emphasizes that marriage in India is not only the union of two hearts, but also of two families. And in this case, two vastly diverse states as well.

2 States is supposedly inspired from the actual story of how Chetan Bhagat and his wife got married. I guess, that is the reason it is most enjoyable as it is written from experience and concerns the delicate matters of the heart. A delightful book from Chetan Bhagat.

Definitely recommended!


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