For the Bollywood movie based on the book, see 2 States ( film). It is the story about a couple coming from two different states in India, who face. Chetan Bhagat's "2 States:The Story of My Marriage" Welcome to 2 States, a story about Krish and Ananya. They are from two My Book of Bible Stories. Start by marking “2 States: The Story of My Marriage” as Want to Read: Love marriages around the world are simple: Boy loves girl. In India, there are a few more steps: Boy loves Girl.
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Free download of 2 States by Bhagat. Available in PDF, ePub and site. Read, write reviews and more. Other Books · India Positive · The Girl In Room · One Indian Girl · Making India Awesome · Half Girlfriend · What Young India Wants · Revolution · The 3. Many writers are successful at expressing what's in their hearts or articulation of particular point of view. Chtean Bhagat's books do both and more.
Chetan Bhagat is one of the most-beloved Indian authors writing in English, but as everywhere, the best-loved isn't always the best literature. The characters are unpleasant and boring, the dialogues flat and the situations seem contrived - I can't relate to the sense of humour at all and the writing sounds like some chit-chat of university students, the narrator being a nerdy I'm about 30 pages in and I was having high expectataion on this book warmly recommended to me by some Indian friendes.
The characters are unpleasant and boring, the dialogues flat and the situations seem contrived - I can't relate to the sense of humour at all and the writing sounds like some chit-chat of university students, the narrator being a nerdy little macho who somehow miraculously to himself and unfortunately also to his readers conquers the beauty of the campus by telling her he doesn't like her wearing shorts and then having sex with her after two weeks the fact unromantically being referred as an unavoidable thing after a man and a woman spending so much time together in one room.
Some of my problems with the narrator could stem from the different cultural background, but mostly I felt like "Oh wow, how can a person earn so much money by writing such everyday stuff without any new revelations at all? View all 18 comments. Mar 13, Udits11 rated it did not like it. There are two types of fiction books written by Indian authors - 1. Chetan Bhagat is the best selling Indian author. I don't dispute his mass appeal. His books are local, easy to read and relatable.
2 States: The Story of My Marriage
But are they good works of literature? Anyway, I don't want to spend this review discussing Bhagat's style, inspiration, appeal etc. I'll get straight to 2 States. Drama drama drama. Abusive father, abused mother, hau There are two types of fiction books written by Indian authors - 1. Abusive father, abused mother, haughty pretty girl and confused young boy. He calls it "the story of my marriage" but I'm not sure how much of the book is fact and what portions are fiction.
Some exchanges are amusing and very familiar including comments on a girl's complexion "white like milk" and the daily chai routine. These moments are few and not enough to save Bhagat from falling into the Bollywood screenplay trap, as he usually does. The final scene of the book plays out like a standard s B grade Bollywood movie - pretty girl saves the day, everyone loves her. Blah blah blah. I'm not going to waste my breath describing it. After having recently watched Kai Po Che, I'd have to say Bhagat is probably better suited to screenplay than books.
Avoid it - there are better books to read. They were a lovely couple, very gracious and friendly. I can see why he fell in love with her and chose to write this book about their marriage. I just wish he had done a better job.
View all 4 comments. Oct 19, Jegan rated it liked it. First Things First.
The Moment i Finished reading the th page of the Book and closed it. All the course of the Book i was looking around to see whether the things said in the book are really happening or its Jus a Book tat im reading. The events, the reactions , the acts are so so real tat at times you feel ur reading ur own Biography. The book is was so grippin right from the First Things First. The book is was so grippin right from the word go. Thr is neva a dull moment in the Book.
Now for the other side of the Book. For ppl who are not aware of the Indian Marriage system it might be Informative but at the same time lil awkward since yo may not relate to Most of the things said in the Book. And there are few things which cud have been given a Backspace - e. I see it was kinda Irrelevant or rather Unnecessary. To sum it up - Its an alarm for all the Indians and for the rest of the world "Welcome to the world of Indian Marriage System".
View 2 comments. May 03, Ramakrishnan M rated it really liked it. This is not a book for the pseudo or otherwise intellectual.
This is not meant for the hyper-sensitive-I-am-hurt-by-your-comments individual. Above all, this is most certainly not meant for I-am-a-Punju-and-I-rock or the I-am-Tam-Brahm-and-we-are-the-best-there-can-be. This is a book for those looking for some entertainment; those who can laugh at themselves; those who can derive amusement from minor observations made by the author; ones who can understand that the author is stretching the trut This is not a book for the pseudo or otherwise intellectual.
This is a book for those looking for some entertainment; those who can laugh at themselves; those who can derive amusement from minor observations made by the author; ones who can understand that the author is stretching the truth here and there…. For those who came in late This is the fourth novel by Chetan Bhagat, who has virtually created a new genre of novels and authors in the Indian scene.
They meet in IIMA, fall in love, and struggle to convince their parents to accept their choice.
It is a thoroughly hilarious narration. The highlight of the book is the really funny and VERY close to the absolute truth description of how people behave; be it the blatant lies and ego-massaging statements in an IIM interview, or the massive exhibition of wealth and splendor in a Punju wedding, or the way Tamil Moms and Aunts fall over each other praising an NRI Engineer working in the US…If you have lived in India, you can relate to many of the events described in the book.
It is this uncanny ability to connect with the reader that has undoubtedly made Chetan Bhagat so popular among the masses. I happen to be a Tamilian, born and brought up in Delhi, and hence, I could relate to almost every detail of the book. Surely, there would be some hyper-sensitive Tams and Punjus piling curses upon this book and its author. I expect this to be made a movie in Bollywood very soon.
I hope the director does justice to the book. View all 3 comments. Dec 25, Siddharth Bharath rated it did not like it Shelves: It looks like I'm forced to give the book a rating to write a review for it.
Usually I'd ignore the ratings and reviews but I feel obliged to save the world from the pain and agony of reading this book. Why did I read it myself? Well I found I had a few hours to kill one day while at a relative's place and the only book there was this one so I went ahead and read it.
After having read five point someone, my better sense warned me with vehemence to avoid this book like the plague. My time would ha It looks like I'm forced to give the book a rating to write a review for it. My time would have been better spent counting the second on a clock. I realize now that I'll never get back those hours of my life I spent reading this book. I'm not sure why fate saw fit to punish me so but I don't think another human deserves this torture and so I am here to convince you not to read this book and burn it if you ever happen to have the misfortune of coming across it.
If it were possible to give this book negative stars, I'd give it - 5. Simply put, Chetan Bhagat does not know how to write.
I went into the book not expecting it to have a coherent storyline and even in this I was let down. His use of tense and grammar is so appalling that it offends every single one of my senses, including the ones that have nothing to do with reading. So poor is he at writing that it brings tears to my eyes that filth like this has been allowed to spread unchecked under the good name of English Fiction into the homes of thousands of innocent people in India.
This is an unmitigated catastrophe on a national scale and immediate steps must be taken to neutralize this threat.
I urge you as a fellow reader to join the battle against this abomination. Boycott Bhagat! Jul 31, Ambreen rated it liked it Shelves: A typical bollywood love story. Both the lovers are from different states, hence the title "2 states" and their families are very traditional and narrow minded, not to mention stereotypical.
It had a lot of humour, though sometimes it felt as if the writer was trying too hard to be funny. Also, if you are a south indian and get easily offended, you might not want to read this book. Overall it was pretty good and a light read! Aug 09, Nikhat Hetavkar rated it liked it Recommends it for: Bollywood fanatics, Indian who dont mind fluff candy.
After hearing my friends all gushing over 3 mistakes of my life, I very apprehensively picked up the book and really didn't understand the whole deal about "Chetan Bhagat". Hence when I started reading 2 states, I had terribly low expectations but the book suprised me.
It is sweet,witty and totally "filmy". It was like watching a Bollywood movie unravel itself right there on the pages.
The one things I absolutely hate about Bhagat books are the female characters. They are way too cliched. He wri After hearing my friends all gushing over 3 mistakes of my life, I very apprehensively picked up the book and really didn't understand the whole deal about "Chetan Bhagat". He writes them as this complex,shy on the outside but bold under the layers and irresistible creature that ultimately leaves the guy heartbroken.
But Ananya was a breath of fresh air, she's the kind of girl you root for, warm,pretty and with a lot of quirks; maybe it due to the fact that she is based on his real life partner and thus Ananya's character doesnt seem like a cardboard cutout. I have concluded that Mr. Bhagat cannot construct fictional characters even if his life depended upon it. My advice to him would be to write books drawing from his own experiences as five point someone also based on his real life and 2 states are his only decent books I have read so far.
And yes please do join some literature classes and definitely get yourself a Thesaurus! Dec 10, Sapphire rated it it was amazing Shelves: The plot is basically Punjbi-Tamilian warfront. Bollywood masala is the flavour for the book but still enjoyable. Anyways Krish attempts his best to get the marriage proposal accepted by ,not Ananya but her parents. Ananya on the other hand does all sort of things to get absorbed into Krish's family. Ultimately what happens we all know. No marks for guessing.
But if you are a north-indian in south or a south-indian in north ,you will connect to the story and will certainly enjoy. Most of the situations are the one which can be found in real life. This book actually tells you the thinking of Indians staying in India but still apart,still not accepting different cultures in the same country. Some moments can really leave you giggling and smiling for sure. Do read atlest once. Enjoy Reading: Apr 14, Usman Hickmath rated it liked it.
The mood and the situation we are in while reading certain novels could have a significant influence on how much we like them-especially on the ones we complete in one or two sittings. Just like how some average movies get stuck in our memory: Two States is one such novel. Dec 19, suchi rated it liked it. I think I read some light and easy book after a very long stint of series of heavy and dense books. So, the change was welcome: This was just another book from Chetan Bhagat in his own free-floating prose.
Somehow, I could feel a connection with the book, owning to my Punjabi background. I could strongly and closely relate to routine incidents as in how the miss of ghee in a dal can cause fury, the lavish fat ceremonies, the expectations from children and last but not the least - the naming c I think I read some light and easy book after a very long stint of series of heavy and dense books. I could strongly and closely relate to routine incidents as in how the miss of ghee in a dal can cause fury, the lavish fat ceremonies, the expectations from children and last but not the least - the naming conventions used.
The incidents have been truely narrated in an amusing manner. This book revolves around Ananya and Krish, the two central characters. Both are the over-achieving kids who happen to deeply fall in love with each other. The story unfolds in the expected fashion as eventually both get consent and acceptance from their respective families.
It is not a book to embrace lessons from, neither it is an insightful read. But, surely it is a delightful and amusing read.
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It keeps you absorbed without letting you put it down without completing. Jul 14, Quirky Omega rated it liked it Shelves: I don't have anything too good to say about Chetan Bhagat's writing. It often reads like someone is trying to be too cool and using English slang to appear hip and young. But this book somehow, despite all the author's usual misgivings, appealed to me.
I would quite honestly, read it again given a chance. It is that cute. And the romance? I swear, I tingled sometimes. Can you imagine? It was a novel experience 5 years back. It still is. May 19, Praj rated it did not like it Shelves: Love is a temporary madness. However in case of Mr. Bhagat it leads to severe psychosis with sprinkles of idiocy. Aug 03, Muddle head rated it did not like it Shelves: I just completed this one and wanted to write out the review immediately before i start hating it more.
First impression, it's manageable, anyone who has been thru an inter-community marriage definitely gets to relate to this story.
I only say 'relate' not actually 'like'. Here are some fine observations: I mean everyone knows that when in love we are actually all starry-eyed, but then when we contem I just completed this one and wanted to write out the review immediately before i start hating it more. I mean everyone knows that when in love we are actually all starry-eyed, but then when we contemplate it later, it all sounds so silly and funny.
In Chetan's stories he always invariably describes the love stories in some lighter vein and he always ends up making them have sex though in this book he started it with that. Why can't he, for a minute, actually put on his 'youngster cap' and try describing the love exactly as he would have felt back then. A simple statement saying 'and then we had sex a week after that'.
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I mean they aren't prostitutes goddam it. Writing in first person doesn't always have to end up in a one-sided story. Writing in first person gives the freedom to bring forth numerous emotions, self-dialogue, day dreams and what not. I believe the advantage is not made use of fully!
I felt like am reading an elongated version of the 'full synopsys' of a movie on IMDB. I don't mean to say he should write 'longer' novels, but more substance would definitely help. Again, i think its up to the author to decide his own target audience. His last ventures were all targetted to youngsters who were waiting to fall in love or are already in love or one who had just had a break-up etc.
This time he stepped up the maturity level a bit and is actually talking of ending the love in a marriage. But in the process, even the target audience's maturity level goes up too They all go to Goa. But this dream of young lovers end as Ananya's conservative Tamil-parents find something fishy broken relationship of marriage going on between Krish's mom played very well by Amrita Singh and Krish's father played equally well by Ronit Roy.
Ananya's family end up deciding that Krish and Ananya will not marry each other! But, the young well educated lovers both MBA don't give up. At last, Krish's father, who was like an enemy for Krish, helps Krish and Ananya to get married as he convinces Ananya's family. Atlast, Krish realizes his Dad's love for him.
The young lovers really work very hard to convince each other's parents and finally make it! The Book by Chetan Bhagat is narrated in a first person point of view in a humorous tone, often taking digs at both Tamil and Punjabi cultures. The novel ends with Ananya giving birth to twin boys. He says that the babies belong to a state called 'India'; with a thought to end inequality!
Enjoy the trailer and a few clips from the movie I have inserted in this blog. Co, New Delhi. One is a chaperone of vegetarian sanctity, the other is a guillotinous tandoori lover. Will they ever be able to patch up the glaring differences among their families or will their love be sacrificed on the alter of caste, culture and society, is what forms the basic story of this six acts and pages long novel of one of the bestselling novelist of modern India.
The novel documents the journey of dreamy eyed lovebirds to legally married inter-state couple, and is rippling with inevitable heart-breaks, emotional drama and tear-jerking speeches. And, as a good Hindi movie, every character plays his role convincingly, in a matter-of-fact manner, with just a blob of dramatic overtures thrown in for good measure.
Well, the answer is a big No. In the hands of a perfect Italian Chef, humble khichdi is transformed into exotic Rissotto, and, the easy conversational English of Chetan does modify the boring, age-old story into an entertaining saga. His witty one liners and a light-hearted approach towards life, aids a lot in making the novel an amusing read.
I especially liked the first three acts, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Chennai. Chetan seems to be at his best in these three parts. He builds up a great drama without even once faltering in the entertainment department.
His antics in wooing his girlfriend and her family, and at the same time blackmailing his Boss Bala were simply hilarious. Since, I almost liked the novel, I am going to first list out the positives, before moving onto the glaring shortcomings. For starters, I really liked the Prologue. It gave a definite structure and a good beginning to the story. To give Chetan due credit, he did a good job at tying up all the loose ends.
He took care of Neha Cherian, and replaced her with even bolder Ananya Swaminathan.Finally, whether you approve or disapprove of what is happening in the tale, it feels real; this is a real couple with problems you can relate to. The language used is very simple and easy to understand with a humorous tone. When I usually read books with bad grammar that would mostly likely be the low point of the book.
I could strongly and closely relate to routine incidents as in how the miss of ghee in a dal can cause fury, the lavish fat ceremonies, the expectations from children and last but not the least - the naming c I think I read some light and easy book after a very long stint of series of heavy and dense books.
The highlight of the book is the really funny and VERY close to the absolute truth description of how people behave; be it the blatant lies and ego-massaging statements in an IIM interview, or the massive exhibition of wealth and splendor in a Punju wedding, or the way Tamil Moms and Aunts fall over each other praising an NRI Engineer working in the US…If you have lived in India, you can relate to many of the events described in the book.