Book Review: 2 States-The Story of my Marriage

Love him or hate him, but you cannot ignore Chetan Bhagat.Now that is as cliched a way of introducing an author as possible. But isn’t that just the way an author who thrives on cliches and stereotypes should be introduced….through a cliche  :mrgreen:

I tried to ignore him for a long time, but ultimately failed. So I might as well warn you against this.

Somehow or the other, the novel “2 states-The story of my marriage” failed to ignite my interest.

Even as the blurb describes in a cute summary:

‘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.’

Love story….parents opposition…so what else is new??!! Curiosity level was absolutely non-existant. I would never have gone out and bought this book for sure. I chose to ignore it.

Then I found my sister reading this!! She said she liked it and even though she virtually THURST this book on me,  I chose to ignore this. And then finally after letting it sit by my bed side for the past 7-8 months, I  picked up the novel to read over the weekend when I really did not have anything better to do. Little did I know that there was a surprise in store just for me. I did not expect the book to be a literary master piece and it wasn’t. But I wasn’t expecting it to be as entertaining as it turned out to be.

As we accompany the protagonists on their almost Herculean task of converting their love story into a love marriage  we encounter close to the bone description of how people’s expectations for their children’s marriages are often not in keeping with the real needs of their children. The description of disparities between the two cultures is accurate and amusing and the exasperation of Krish at evident in his light hearted digs ridiculing the nature and idiosyncracies of the people around him be it his Punjabi relatives, his  Tam Brahm in-laws or the corporate collegues.

There are wisecracks that are totally hilarious and the book is Laugh-out-loud funny. There were instances where I actually doubled up laughing!!! And guys, we DO need writers with a sense of humour. They really really are in a short supply.  Deep literary rumination is not everyone’s cup of tea. And even if it were, we do  need a few lighthearted moments everyonce in a while. Not all books are meant to be literary works with complicated plots. As a writer, Chetan Bhagat’s writing may lag well behind many others. His may not bethe most elegant style of writing, but he is one Indian author writing in English who gets across to everyone with a huge impact. I feel his style of writing, which is a combination of light humor and incidents which a normal youngster in India can relate to, is what has attracted the masses. People wanted to hear their own stories in the idiom that they are comfortable with. Bhagat gives them that and he does that well.

Don’t expect a literary masterpiece and you will not be disappointed. This book is written for entertainment and this is what it does with élan. So enjoy!!

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7 Responses to Book Review: 2 States-The Story of my Marriage

  1. sangeeta says:

    Very well written review of a book i loved to read….

    As is evident from his writings he always wanted to bring a change through ‘ writing ‘ . To bring a change the writing should be in the language of the target reader i believe and he has done it in a fantastic way . This is the language of the great Indian youth , interestingly the youth ranges from a growing 15 yr old teenager to a 40+ ‘thinking n evolving person’ , and if somebody wants to talk to them he/she has to talk their language ….. thinking at the same wavelength and communicating accordingly is the only effective way to click with the masses.

    Now regarding the plot of this book , i have been myself through such an experience , the great experience of converting a love story into a love marriage , that is, hilarious or torturous whatever you choose to call it but the writer has treated the subject effectively , giving it the color it needed .

    Entertainment it is for sure but i feel the message has been conveyed effectively……. come out of hypocrisy and break the mold of parampara.

    The fact that Chetan Bhagat has initiated scores of young people into reading is testimony to his effective style of writing , wanna see more of his effective writing ??
    click here…
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/all-that-matters/Please-dont-cheer-the-2010-loot-fest/articleshow/6453682.cms

  2. 2words3nyty says:

    Great! Thanks for visiting! 🙂 Glad you liked this book… tc.
    Love n Light,Deepti Gujar

  3. Smitha says:

    That was interesting to read. I read his 5 point… and was so disappointed that I never pick up any of his books anymore 😦 may be I should pick it up and read it with no expectations.

  4. joe says:

    I think this is his best book so far.

  5. Shobha says:

    Nice review….
    I read the book and liked it..
    Amrita.I am sharing the Versatile Blogger Award with you.
    Please collect it from – http://foodmazaa.blogspot.com/2010/11/award-2.html

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