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2 States the Story of My Marriage

2 States the Story of My Marriage

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Bangalore
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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Rupa
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About the Book: Two States: The Story of My Marriage From the best-selling Author of Five Point Someone and One night @ the Call Center, the hilarious tale of what ensues when a Punjabi boy decides to wed a Tamilian girl Krish and Ananya fell in love at business school and decide to marry after graduation. They don't realize what lies ahead of them is the biggest hurdle: they are from two states that are utterly wrong for each other. An Indian wedding marries the families of both partners as much as it does the bridge and groom-and both sides will brook no compromise. The traditional Southies want a son-in-law who will read The Hindu and attend Chennai's fin season of music concerts; the Punjabis want a soni kudi who will match the exuberance of their particular culture. The Madrasis are too sober for the Punjabis, the Punjabis too loud for the Madrasis. Rice versus roti, Carnatic music versus bhangra, the battle lines are slowly drawn. Who will surrender first, and will there be a mar ... See more
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  1. 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
     well written but bit boring at some point 19 March, 2014 On Junglee.com
    I really like this book...it is so well written one can easily make pictures in mind while reading this book.I like those stories having a touch of Bollywood masala. it has that quality. it is bit boring at some point but that is made up at the end. krish and ananya main protagonist of the story also well written.
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  2. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     A Contemporary Indian Love Marriage 2 December, 2013 On Junglee.com
    2 States by Chetan Bhagat is a fun and easy ready. The trials and tribulations of a contemporary India love marriage are well-described by the author. Inter-caste or inter-religious marriages are slowly on the rise, but only those brave few who have attempted to bring two different cultures together will know the difficulty involved. In this book, the groom is a typical Punjabi munda while the bride is a Tamil Iyer girl. The North Indian vs. South Indian family system, traditions, customs vary significantly. But ultimately love has the upper hand. What makes this novel even more interesting is that the story is inspired by the author’s own life!
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  3. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     The book is a waste of time, watch movie instead 29 May, 2014 On Junglee.com
    Hi,
    I remember buying the first copy from store as an avid reader of chetan bhagat's.
    The book utilizes the set stereotypes of IIMs and is in part enjoyable.
    The interview -propose scene is so unrealistic and thats when you realize that you are reading the script of some movie. in fact, the book was written to be made into a movie.

    Chetan Bhagat also look biased against his parents and north indians as a whole.
    perhaps the not so good parts about his in-laws were cut out by his wife :)

    The book post IIM life is tiring and you pray to get it finished for the sake of your money invested.
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  4.  Total time waste !!! 28 April, 2014 On Junglee.com
    Reading 2 states is totally a time waste. the book is full of masalas.the author is just writing his stupid imaginations.this kind of book will make the youths think in wrong way. please dont buy this book and waste time & money.

    I don't know why the crappy writers are downgrading the standard of literary world. Chetan Bhagat's books are as cheap their prices. A high school student can write better prose than him.

    There is nothing to excite about this novel.Poor description and ideas about "Madrasi" people.If people praise chetan Bhagat as a best novelist and his work as great then I regret for them because they havent tasted the best stories , novels and literature yet.

    it is better to read the books like target 3 billion(apj abdul kalam), dreams from my father (barack obama), wings of fire(apj abdul kalam), india 2020(apj abdul kalam),Ignited Minds(apj abdul kalam) or imaging india(nandan nilkani). reading these kind of book will give us the idea and knowledge which is required for coming days because all these book are written by very experienced personalities. youths should read these book rather than going behind stupid books 2 states written by inmatured authors like chetan bhagat. it is very much shame that chetan bhagats books are largest selling books in india.
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  5.  Cultural Ice breaker 22 December, 2013 On Junglee.com
    The author is an IIT and IIM graduate and banker turned author. Rated as one of the top English language authors in India.

    Storyline: The author’s self story of his marriage with Ananya Swaminathan, after he met her for the first time in a lunch que line of his management school. Having graduated in engineering from the premier Indian Institute of Technology, he joins IIM where he be-friends the most beautiful Tamil Brahmin girl, Ananya, in his class. They slowly fall in love with each other over a period of time, and decide to marry each other, by the time, they finish their post graduation in management and get into employment with Citibank and Hindustan Lever, respectively. Then, start the actual problems. The orthodox South Indian background of Ananya is in conflict with the social and outspoken Punjabi families of Krish Malhotra. Both of them strive to convince their respective families by each spending enough time, with each other’s families, trying to impress them with their best of abilities, but to only end up being accepted only halfheartedly. Finally, Krish decides to have a common get-together of both the parents in Goa, which also ends in a disaster through mutual abuses and insults on each other’s cultures, customs, skin color, educational backgrounds, etc. This breaks up the relationship between the duo. Krish gets into near nervous breakdown, when his father, (whom Krish never respected due to his authoritative nature), meets Ananya’s parents and convinces them for the marriage. The book ends with a happy note on Krish’s family attending his South style marriage and the couple blessed with twins after a couple of years.

    Positives: Hilarious, witty and very entertaining. The manner in which South Indian and North Indian way of living is elicited in a witty fashion is worth reading. The strong moral of Indians remaining as Indians first and not to differentiate each other by their skin color and states they belong to is strongly emphasized and inter-state marriages encouraged to bridge this gap. Various social problems in India like dowry system, discrimination, North South egos, excessive parental control, importance of marriage of families but not just individuals and changing cultural habits of the younger generation are addressed tactically.

    Negatives: The comedy in some verses might be taken seriously by some readers if they carry the South Indian versus North Indian differences in their minds and the abuses on each other might enhance that feeling of hatred. Somehow, the author seems to have slight tilt towards Punjabi lifestyle and misses both side justification.

    My rating is 3.75/5
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  6.  BAD BAD BAD! 15 September, 2013 On Junglee.com
    Read 'Two States' by Chetan Bhagat about an year back. The only (out of the three books that I tried reading) book of his that I could manage to finish reading. A Love story that is full of sarcasm and sense of humor until the first half. I was so full of appreciation and good words for this writer that he had to disappoint me in the latter half.

    What started on a promising note had to get screwed somewhere and if that somewhere is the latter half of a book, where the story has to actually evolve and grow (or at least remain monotonous), he seems to have simply lost his control over the content and characters. Looks like Creative exhaustion forced him to use some lame bombastic Bollywood filmy drama, so that he could just finish writing this book.

    Talk about, 'desperate times call for desperate measures'.
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  7.  A very light read! 11 December, 2013 On Junglee.com
    A few years ago, when I read this book, I was totally amused by the way the author has presented the characters to the readers. The story was centered around a north Indian boy and a Tamil Brahmin girl(of course, a love story) which was a rarity or so I was left out thinking. Here I want to mention that Two states was my first Indian romance novel. I always gave priority to mystery thrillers over romance novels. So right after finish reading a very vexing Indian novel by a popular author, Vikas Swarup, I read this one. Not disappointed and also couldn't deny my expectations weren't satiated. So it was a OK read only.

    Positives: Hilarious, Entertaining, Bold

    Negatives: Overly Annoying, Too much drama
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  8.  Chetan Bhagat at his wittiest 16 June, 2014 On Junglee.com
    CB in this book, has resorted to what he does best, writing about romance. He does have a knack to write about the psychological stuff from the minds of a basic college student. This is evident in the words he uses, the cliches he quotes and the dialogues between the couple in the novel. The story basically involves the hardships faced by a couple in love due to one primary reason- they are from different cultural walks of life. They face a tough task of convincing their parents, while discovering their relationship's strength in the process of doing so. What this novel scores the highest is certainly the charm of each culture that is described in a very convincing way. 3.25/5
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  9.  4 lines of synopsis defines the whole story 8 June, 2014 On Junglee.com
    Starts off as a normal love story with a guy and gal falling for each other. Its then the novel shows its true color. It shows what all couple should be ready to sacrifice to be with one another. how to fight the odds without giving it.

    Pro :
    defines love
    encourages people to convince their parents.
    Complete paisa vasool. At 91 bucks it is a good steal.

    Cons:
    Dragged at places
    Forced narrations

    Go for it in case you want to read a book for time pass and wanna have some good time chetan's humour.
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  10.  Average book 18 May, 2014 On Junglee.com
    2 states by Chetan Bhagat is an average book. The story line is very filmy although still entertains you. However, at some places it fails to keep the reader's attention intact. The humour is good & witty. But the drama is a bit too much. Too much stress is given on the south indian food & traditions. Sure, it's about 2 states but the mention was very repetitive at places - The rasam, gold jewellery etc.
    To sum up, it's good to read if you are free & if you likes his previous books.
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  1.  Best book i have ever read
    This was the first novel which I read. And it is the reason for me becoming a regular book reader. It depicts a beautiful love story, our culture and conflicts between north and south Indian people. I would recommend this product for everyone who do not have the habit of reading books. Published 1 year ago by swathy On Junglee.com
  2.  great book.
    I dont know whether this is based on real story of chetan bhagat or not.
    But incidences resembles a lot. Iit , iim , love story and twins are the incidents resembling with real life of author.
    Story has enough stuff about beginning then developing of love and then fightinh for survival of love. Read more
    Published 1 year ago by Amit Garg On Junglee.com
  3.  A must read...
    From the title '2 States the Story of My Marriage' you can guess what will be the plot.
    I din't knew that its Chetan Bhagat's own story...started on with it & got addicted.
    Great plot..and very well written.
    It’s a simple story of a Punjabi IIM guy and a Tamilian girl while they complete Read more
    Published 1 year ago by Raj On Junglee.com
  4.  One of my favourites
    This is a light read, but a great one. This is the first book I've read from Chetan Bhagat's collection.

    Recently, it's made to a movie, but the book is way better. A lot of stuff is missing in the movie. So, though you have watched the movie, you can still afford to read this.

    You'll Read more
    Published 2 years ago by Karanam On Junglee.com
  5.  Good Read !
    A nice book to read at all times. This book by Cheta Bhagat tells us about his experience as a student of the IIM. This book is in simple English and hence connects very well with the audience. The story about the authors life in IIM and about how he met his love is well told. Published 2 years ago by A-R On Junglee.com
  6.  Chetan Bhagat at his wittiest
    CB in this book, has resorted to what he does best, writing about romance. He does have a knack to write about the psychological stuff from the minds of a basic college student. This is evident in the words he uses, the cliches he quotes and the dialogues between the couple in the novel. The story basically Read more Published 2 years ago by Ranjith On Junglee.com
  7.  addicting
    once you start reading you will lost in it, and only after end you will take rest beacaue book consist of feeling in realtime and increases the qurisity of reader,worth price in ruppes by renowable writer of today, story goes from iim to writers marrige, a love story that affect a lot of minds today, Read more Published 2 years ago by shubham On Junglee.com
  8.  Good Story
    2 States is Story based on love story of north boy and south girl.This story is written by popular author Chetan Bhagat.Now the movie also come from this story.I prefer to read and enjoy the story of this lovely marriage.Easy to understand and well written story.You will sure enjoy this movie. Published 2 years ago by Gurpreet On Junglee.com
  9.  4 lines of synopsis defines the whole story
    Starts off as a normal love story with a guy and gal falling for each other. Its then the novel shows its true color. It shows what all couple should be ready to sacrifice to be with one another. how to fight the odds without giving it.

    Pro :
    defines love
    encourages people to convince Read more
    Published 2 years ago by sai On Junglee.com
  10.  I loved it !
    For someone who likes to read love stories, I would recommend this book for them. I loved the way the story revolves around an engineering guy and his love mate for their struggle towards marriage with just a hint of family story. Overall it's a cute story which never bores you out anywhere. And the Read more Published 2 years ago by Bharath On Junglee.com