Chetan Bhagat’s “Two States”

I have liked this book from Chetan Bhagat most as compared to his other books, even better than “Five Point Someone”. It is a  very simple story where you almost know what is going to be the end but you are curious to read how it is going to happen. The beauty of the book is not in the story as much as it is in the narration of completely different cultures of north and south of India. Again the view is more from the Delhi Guy perspective but still it captures a lot of South Indian Tamil nuances.

The story also feels real to me since I have many friends who have married across different cultures and have gone through similar experiences. To an outsider, it might seem why I am calling it different culture because Krish and Ananya are both from India but Indians would know that Punjabis and Tamilians are as different a culture as possible in everything they do except for common mythology, name of religion and Bollywood. I mentioned the “name of religion” since even if they are Hindus, the practicing and rituals are very different. This difference in culture becomes more pronounced during marriages. To young people the difference is not so much because we all have inherited our education from same system, TV, Internet and Movies but for one generation old people the difference is real and to accept it is very difficult.

To capture this difference and still bring about a union of two families is what makes this book a great read. I read the whole book in one single sitting. I just could not put the book down. Now when I think about it, I am not able to say one particular thing that I would have liked most but while reading it, I could visualize multiple marriages that I have attended both in North and South India.



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4 responses to “Chetan Bhagat’s “Two States”

  1. pkg

    Reblogged this on I and Books and commented:

    One of his best books


  2. Amit Goyal

    His ability to identify the humour in most obvious day to day interactions is exemplary.


  3. mythili

    Excellent book. I liked the humour in it.


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