Chetan Bhagat’s ‘ Two states: The story of my marriage ‘

October 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm 33 comments

As a hardcore fan of chetan bhagat’s books, I was waiting for this book for a long time. The one thing I like in chetan’s work are, all his characters have shades from our lives as well as the people we come across in our day to day life. I canceled an outing with my friends and a movie ticket on diwali weekend (no regrets now, in skipping blue), just to read this book.

The novel is inspired from the real story of the author and his wife .Like his other novels it is the story about the Indian youth with a message. Well, the plot is a Punjabi boy (Krish) fall in love with a Chennai girl (annanya) in the backdrop of IIMA and there struggle to get permission for there marriage from there respective parents. The story is explained in five Acts. One thing I loved about this novel is, it genuinely portrayed the cultural difference between north and south Indians. One flaw I found with this book was unlike his earlier books, storyline is very predictable (and sometimes I felt like reading his personal diary).
As a hardcore fan of his earlier works (five point… tops in my top 10 list), I was a bit disappointed with this book (may be because of my high expectations).Still I will say it is a book that worth your time and money. Chances are there for you to enjoy it, unless you read his earlier works. As he said in an interview with Hindu metro plus, don’t expect a Salman Rushdie or Arundhathi royi work from his books. After all Chetan is a writer for masses not for classes

Pros: Casual style, Message, breezy and simple narration, genuineness, youth centric, though we boast about unity in diversity of our country, this book reminds and make us think about cultural and religious boundaries in India
Cons: predictable, clichéd at parts

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  • 1. kanagu  |  October 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    ah… I am getting some good reviews for this book and you too recommending… 🙂 🙂 I will read it for sure…. but will take some time… as I have already said pile of books I have to finish is high 😦

    good review machi… 🙂

    I am 1st 😀

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    • 2. anishthomas  |  October 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

      Kanagu go for it(Though it is not good as five point and one night ). It will take at the maximum two days to finish this book.And don’t refer critic’s reviews.

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  • 3. Vimmuuu  |  October 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Everyones writing about this book these days ! Anyway, a book a day keeps vimmuuu far far away 😀

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    • 4. anishthomas  |  October 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      This guy(chetan) is the yash raj/karan johar in indian fiction.Even i’m not that intrested in novels and fictions .But the way this guy write, make U read it(read one night at call center,i think u will like it).Another main reason for reading his books are , i was very much related to the character’s from his earlier books 🙂 .

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    • 5. Swaram  |  October 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm

      I so wanted to gift u a book to keep u away 😛 😛

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  • 6. Swaram  |  October 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    though we boast about unity in diversity of our country, this book reminds and make us think about cultural and religious boundaries in India Absolutely rt!

    Yes, it is a gud, casual read! I like it the best after FPS!

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    • 7. anishthomas  |  October 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      Though it didn’t meet my expectations , it was a good read.FPS was too good.It was very much related to my college.

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  • 8. Dreamer  |  October 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I have read Bhagat’s Five point..and I liked it, so I bought One night @ but I did not like that at all and hence have stayed away from his other books. Thanks for the review, I might give this one a try.

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    • 9. anishthomas  |  October 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Dreamer, 2 states was not good as Five point.But still it has some good moments.Do try it , when u get time.
      @ One night —- I was told that it was very much related to life of night shift and call centre employees (but the movie adaptation was not good).

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  • 10. Indian Homemaker  |  October 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Everybody is reviewing this book!!!! I had no clear plans but I think now I will buy it and read it. I love books with a clear message – because then we are spared any subtle messages…

    I am glad we have such books being written, now I better read and get back here to tell you why I agree/disagree with you 😉

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    • 11. anishthomas  |  October 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

      Do read it IHM and if you haven’t read Five point, i suggest you to read that first.
      yeahh sure, love to see your feedback.please let me know once U read it 😉

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  • 12. Rajlakshmi  |  October 28, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Wil definately get hold of this one.. Atleast some one decides to write 4 the masses.. Nice review.

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    • 13. anishthomas  |  October 28, 2009 at 11:20 am

      Thank you Rajlakshmi 🙂 ……true, at least someone is there to write something which please masses

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  • 14. Pins N Ashes  |  October 28, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I liked five point and went on to read the call centre one, which sucked big time and never looked back at Bhagat!! Was reading his interview in The Week, which got me thinking abt this new book of his…

    Thanks for the review

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    • 15. anishthomas  |  October 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      Welcome here Pins N Ashes :).
      Glad u liked the review :).Do read it and let me know your POV abt the book 🙂 .

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  • 16. Smita  |  October 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    🙂

    Nice short brief review 🙂 Liked it!!!

    Aaj hi I was telling a friend that this is a one time read and you will surely find something with which u can relate 🙂

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    • 17. anishthomas  |  October 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

      wahh appreciation from U 🙂 …i’m really honoured 😀
      In fact thanks to U… it was your review that prompt me to get it and read it on that week itself 😀
      @ which u can relate.. very true…….even i found a lot(shyam and hari from one night.. and five point)…

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  • 18. Deeps  |  October 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

    this book is being reviewed by everyone in the blogosphere! will pick it up to read it.
    Thank you for the review,Anish 🙂

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    • 19. anishthomas  |  October 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      Deeps ,he is my favorite writer.That is why i reviewed this book 😀 .

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  • 20. kanagu  |  November 1, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Hi machi,

    You have been awarded:

    http://kanaguonline.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/awards-time/

    Reply
  • 21. Happy Kitten  |  November 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Have never read any of his books..

    but thanks for the review… maybe it is as you say good for light reading….

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    • 22. anishthomas  |  November 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      yeah His books are meant for casual reading 🙂 .Mostly his books are focused on Indian youth.

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  • 23. Anuj Mehta  |  November 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    It’s a complete lackluster

    http://anuj-mehta.blogspot.com/2009/11/chetan-bhagats-2-states-lackluster.html

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    • 24. anishthomas  |  November 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

      First of all Welcome here Anuj.
      That is what i told, It is not good as his earlier works ,But still not that bad and also not so good.

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  • 25. Nova  |  November 12, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I did not like the book at all! I find CB’s books too full of himself…

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    • 26. anishthomas  |  November 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

      First of all welcome here Nova 🙂
      Even i felt like reading his personal diary at times(thatz y i’m disappointed with this book a bit).It is not as good compared to his earlier works(but not bad ether)…meant for a casual read

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  • 29. Renu  |  February 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I just loved this book:)

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    • 30. anishthomas  |  February 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Hey welcome here Renu :),

      But it didn’t leave up to my expectation.Somehow i felt it is a bit drag….

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  • 31. swati  |  June 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    who said this book is not good its really an awesm love story .every book has its own story ..i agree five point someone is drastically amazing bt this is also awesm not boring at all ….i like chetan bhagat’s marriage story ….its really interesting…..may be the people who dnt like it ll nt be intrstd in love …n love stories…so btr they read other stuffs…:)

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  • 32. rohit  |  May 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Must be an enjoyable read 2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

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  • 33. adiba  |  May 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    i just loved it…. its very genuine nd heart touching.. looking forward for his othr books..

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