Love marriage, arranged marriage, or love after arranged marriage, are sensitive subjects in India. There are many obstacles to overcome and hardships to face in the process of successfully getting married. The process begins with a boy and a girl liking one another, the respective families liking their prospective son- or daughter-in-law to be and both families liking the other family. 2 States the Story of My Marriage, is a book pleasingly narrated by Chetan Bhagat trying to elucidate the complexities faced in a Indian inter-state marriage.
The story starts with Krish, a nerdy Punjabi guy from Delhi meeting Ananya, a Tamil Brahmin from Chennai. They become friends at IIM Ahmadabad where they are pursuing their Master's in Business Administration. Both of them have open-minded thoughts about premarital sex and the story progresses at a rapid pace including sleepovers, studies and parties. Both flair in their respective careers by getting a well-placed job. But then comes the realization of marriage and getting settled. The hefty and back-breaking task of convincing their families who are in strong opposition to this interstate relationship. Ananya's conservative Tamil family who want to look for a well earning Tamil boy whereas Krish's uproarious mother who wants to save her from the clutches of the Tamil girl.
The story progresses with a lot of emotional drama in-between the families and other wonderful characters introduced by Chetan Bhagat. The well timed funny moments throughout the plot are sure to keep tickling your funny bones with maddening laughter, with utmost care about not hurting the sentiments of the people in two states.
A Multiple Award Winning Author
The author needs no introduction. A man with award winning books, Chetan Bhagat holds the title of bestselling English Indian author for books such as One Night @ the Call Center, Five Point Someone and The 3 Mistakes of my life. Some of the movies adapted from his popular books have also topped the charts in the Indian film industry.
This book about an Indian love marriage is well narrated with very simple language in use and contains nicely scripted emotion, drama and tragedy. So, it doesn't matter if you are a Punjabi or Madrasi, this Chetan Bhagat 2 States book coming in red with its mesmerizing design is a must read for all.