Thursday, 6 March 2014

2 States - Book Review


Write Tribe's Day-4 Festival Of Words Topic- Book Review. The first book that came to my mind was Chetan Bhagat’s ‘2 States’! 

The book has been filmed into a movie that is to be released next month. As a huge Bollywood fan, I have viewed its latest trailer/video! In fact, it has already notched up over 3 Million views in 6 days! This shows its popularity.
There’s something about real-life stories – the authenticity, the sincerity, the feeling of trust… Trust is a major factor that makes lasting connections.
Love & Marriage are serious topics in India. When this best-selling author decided to narrate ‘2 States- The Story Of My Marriage’, that deals with the real story of his love and marriage, it had to be a best-seller!

IIM students, Krish and Ananya, meet, become friends, and become more-than-friends when they fall in ‘love’. But, is the story this simple? Boy & Girl loving one another is not enough- the parents call the shots here. Now the challenge is getting one another’s family love one another. 

There is kahaani mein twist (twist in the tale) as Krish & Ananya belong to 2 different States of India- He belongs to the state of Punjab, while she belongs to Tamil Nadu. All would have been well had the differences been celebrated, or at least respected… 

But, it is War here with North India vs. South India where stereotypical thinking and judgment is freely brought to the fore. Nothing is spared, right from habits, qualification, colour of skin etc (I am not sharing any further details here as I really want you to read and discover them for yourself.)

What Parent-Management winning strategy do our hero & heroine adopt? Do their parents agree? Do they get to settle down together? 
(Of course, they do! That's evident from the title of the book! It is the story of his marriage, remember?)

2 States answers a lot many questions with some witty answers and pulling emotional heart-strings through the 6 ‘Acts’- 1. Ahmedabad, 2. Delhi, 3. Chennai, 4. Delhi reloaded, 5. Goa, 6. Delhi & Chennai & Delhi & Chennai.

Chetan Bhagat’s attention to details, humour and candid story-telling style make this novel a winner.
Guess whom his novel is dedicated to?
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38 comments:

  1. Hey it's a perso fav of mine and plannning to read it again. 2 States is one of ma personal fav and CV redeemed himself after the so-so Three Mistakes of My Life.

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    1. Nice to know, Vishal. It's a great book, well-worth the second-reading :)

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  2. I hope the film does good. Not much to comment about the book.

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    1. I feel the movie will be a huge blockbuster as it is based on the superhit book!
      Advance reservations booked in my head! :)

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  3. Haven't read it or any of Chetan Bhagat's books...I have heard of this one but to mixed reviews.

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    1. You'll enjoy reading this one! Don't miss :)

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  4. I had read the book. I found all the other books of Chetan way too better than this one. However, this was nice too. I hope the movie doesn't just show what we read. I am expecting something unexpected. ;) :D

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    1. Namrata, I guess the movie is true to the book and might not have anything unexpected... Let us see next month!
      I am sure it'll be great to watch it as we all enjoyed the book albeit in varying percentages :)

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  5. Nice review...racy book...movie wd b so too!

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    1. Yes, I believe so! :) Waiting for the movie!

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  6. One of my favorite book...

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  7. Movie OUGHT to be good as the book was witty,cute and real and Aalia n Arjun look the part.

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    1. Yes Kokila. Movie is based on the book & we all know both Aalia & Arjun have done justice!

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  8. Waiting for movie...let's see whether it could do as much as the book..

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  9. The movie will surely be entertaining :) Its def. a story for a bollywood movie but is it what i like to read.... i'll reserve my comments on that :)

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    1. Seeta, surely. This is the author's personal story that he has shared with us. I admire people having the courage to present themselves at the cost of getting judged.... It'll be an entertaining movie as real meets reel! :)

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  10. In my opinion, this is one of the better books from CB. Have read it and liked it. Hope the movie is as entertaining as the book.

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    1. Yes indeed Jayanta! Let us see! :)

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  11. Nice review :) Have read and liked the book.

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    1. Thanks Deepa! Yes, most enjoyed it!

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  12. and you are one big CB fan .....cheerz keep writing :)

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    1. Yes, I like his style as it's similar to mine! :)

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  13. I remember reading this book when it was released. I'm not a Chetan Bhagat fan but I really liked this one :) Waiting for the movie now.
    And yes, you have captured the essence of the book perfectly in your post. Nicely done :)

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    1. I liked this book's style & of course the theme- love marriage amidst 2 States! :)
      Thanks Bhavya!

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  14. I have read all chetan bhagat's books starting from five point someone to what young India wants. I liked 3 idiots because of the characterization and the script. Hello (one night at call centre) was terrible. 3 mistakes of my life was real and the characters also did a reasonably good job. The book 2 states is witty and fast paced. The book has wonderfully set the plot and the essence of two different cultures of India. By the looks of the trailer, I hardly believe these small details of the book was captured at all !!!
    Lets wait and watch how much justice the film does to the actual plot of the book :-)

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    1. Agree with your points, Krishna. But, the trailer is just a smart part! The movie will be a big picture that will give the true & complete story!
      Waiting for 1st day 1st Show! :)

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  15. Loved the way u reviewed the book. But honestly, I think the book was a mediocre.

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    1. Thanks Renu!
      But, I liked the author's real personal story of Marriage - a drama :)

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  16. Let's wait, Anita ! I have loved this book as a simple one that'll help you enjoy the WE :) I was fortunate enough to listen to CB's talk at Dubai, and he said, it seems his MiL asks him why he doesnt go for a job ( he's sitting at home and writing books now, after quitting his bank job) and he thinks in his mind , " itna bada kaam kiya hai, ladki ko pataana ! badi mushkil se ek ladki pat'ti hai " :D :D :D

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    1. Oh Wow! So lovely! Thanks for sharing this gem, Sreeja :)
      Yes, ladki ko patana is tough especially if she's from a different state and one has to build bridges to her parents too :)
      CB doesn't need to go for work! Work comes to him now! :)

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  17. the book was very good, now eagerly waiting to watch the movie...
    :)

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    1. Yes indeed! We are all waiting for the superhit movie. :)
      Thanks for visiting my Blog & sharing your comment, Pratikshya. :)

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  18. He is my favorite author and very good person too. I liked almost all his book but my favorite book is Half Girlfriend.

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  19. Chetan Bhagat is my all time favourite writer. i have read almost his every book and my favourite is revolution 2020. In fact i read all his blog posts in the newspaper times of India. his amazing writing style take his stories to an another level....

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