Actually I have read Chetan Bhagat “Five Point Someone” years before (I think I read that novel when I was doing 2nd yr college.. 2005..). After that I dint have chance to read any on his novels…
Last week my brother sent me “2 States – The story of my marriage” e-book via email..
The introduction of the story starts as:
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.
And 100% agree with him..
The story line is very simple and straight forward describing the happenings in Indian middle-class family..
The novel evolves between Krish and Ananya who are from opposite poles and decide to get married. The story is about concept of marriage in India, you don't just marry the person.. You also have to marry the boy’s/girl’s family.
Krish Malhotra, a Punjabi guy with a hasty mother who can't think of anything but caloric food, gifts & money and the "value" of her son is outraged when she comes to know that her son has fallen in love with Ananya. Ananya Swaminathan is from an orthodox Tamil Brahmin family whose attitudes are traditional. The various plans and adjustments that the two of them make to get their families to accept them are quite entertaining.
The story is centered around Ahmadabad, Delhi and Chennai. Being a true Chennaiite I felt that Chetan Bhagat had exaggerate many characters of the Tamilians. In the beginning i found myself accepting some incidents in amusement, but there was an overdose of it. For example he derided the fact that people ate out of banana leaves and kept inquisitive if the leaf also should be eaten. I felt he was being a little regardless of being an IIT/IIM grad...
Chetan Bhagat had putted in extra amount of spices, to keep the readers enthusiastic on to it. The story looks too cinematic sometimes but 75 % of people know that these kind of situations do arise in India..
Altogether “2 States: The Story of My Marriage” is totally breezy to read. A story so vital to many of our life and the reactions are so typical of our parents..
Some may think that I’m flattering this book too exceedingly and some of you might even tell it is a dash of the Mill & Boon love stories but the point is that, the way he presented it was really good.