Book review: 2 States by Chetan Bhagat

chetanThe New York Times called Chetan Bhagat as the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s history. With his first three books already being widely read in India, he released his fourth book recently which generated a lot of anticipation before the release on Twitter and other online spaces.

2states

Chetan Bhagat released the new book on Oct 8th, titled, 2 States: the story of my marriage. It’s a story of inter-state marriage in India. Love story of  a Punjabi guy Krish, and a Tamil Brahmin girl Ananya. Marriage of paranthas and idlis, paneer and coconut. Chetan, in his own style, dedicates this book to his in-laws. In the disclaimer, he says, though the book is inspired by his own family and experiences, he requests the book must be seen as a work of fiction.

The initial pages of the book are set up in IIM-Ahmedabad. Krish and Ananya meet in the canteen for the first time and eventually over a few days of combined study, fall in love. Life is great for them until their families meet each other. It takes sometime before they realize that they may not be able to convince their families to support their marriage. The twist in the tale is, they want to marry with their parents’ consent rather than choosing the easy way of eloping. Inter-caste marriages are still a taboo in India and let alone an inter-state marriage of a Punjabi and a Tam Brahmin.

The meeting of two families on the convocation day at the college, sets the drama into motion. Rest of the story is about how youngistan fights oldistan to get the approval for marriage. The boy tries to get acceptance from the girl’s family and the girl tires to get acceptance from the boy’s family while both of them are trying to get acceptance from their respective families. I am not going to reveal everything here as I don’t want to be a suspense spoiler.To ease the nerves of those who involve too much into stories, let me say that it has a happy ending. In fact, how can it be made into a bollywood movie if it has a sad ending.

The cultural differences of north-indian families and south-indian families are portrayed very well in a funny way.

Humor is one of the best things in this book. Loaded with some really good similes and metaphors.

If you are a Chetan Bhagat’s fan, you will enjoy this book more than his previous book, Three mistakes of my life.

For those who are not fans of Chetan’s books, or haven’t read his books yet, I would say, you pickup this book if you want to kill a boring afternoon with  ‘a quick read’.

If you are a fan of literary fiction and classics, if you read more of Tharoors, Seths, Roys, and Ghoshs, I would say it is better you stay away from this book.

Coming to me, I am not a great fan of Chetan’s books. I enjoy reading his books as they are very easy to read. Yes, I do admire what he has achieved: success, fame, and of course money, with his books. I like his diction and his subtle observations and the way he weaves them in to the stories. I think, the best from him is yet to come. For me, the best till now is no doubt his first book, Five point someone.

To end, I am sure this book is going to be made into a movie. Unlike his previous books being made into bollywood films, this story best suits for south-indian  movies. Chetan, any of the Telugu movie producers already approached you? :)

By the way, do you want to write like Chetan Bhagat?

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71 Comments

  1. Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Rightly said….This definitely looks like a script for a south indian movie…Having read this..i had the similar view like u had….its an ordinary story with humour in bits,mmm…you enjoy it if u get involved in the character(who doesnt want to be an IIMA graduate.) Defnitely a nice story to read on a journey……

  2. Posted October 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how a non-Tamilian would react to this book, but as a Tamilian, I just loved this one. There are so many subtle points which only a Tamilian would understand. For example, some of the things mentioned about a Tam Bramh family is something that only a person from Tamil Nadu/Kerala would understand.

    I am pretty sure this book would be made as a Tamil movie. Not sure if it would work in Bollywood though!

    • Posted October 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to my blog. Good to see your thoughts.

      Definitely there are subtle points that are really intriguing and funny. As a south-indian I can relate to few of them.

      Tamil movie… I bet there are already a few on similar story line, and sure there is room for one more :)

  3. nissa
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    The book starts on a very humourous note, which reminds you of all the engineering colleges in India, be it NITs or IITs, where females are considered 2 b an endangered specie. The story becomes quite boring after the first few chapters, but it catches up eventually..till it has u reading fanatically to know what comes next. The humour is superb, had me roaring with laughter a few times. The emotional part is good, not overdone.It is not exactly the un-put-down-able types, but quite a good read. Worth the money.

    • Posted October 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to my blog.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Richa
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      Yeah nissa u are very correct in what u said..the book is really very humorous which is the best part i felt about the book..and it becomes a little boring about some of the first chapters (as u have already mentioned) but ya after it catches up no one can wait till the story gets over..liked this 1 a lot..
      this is the 2nd best book of Chetan Bhagat after Five point someone..:)

  4. Posted October 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi ra….

    I dont call it a book anymore, It is a pakka movie script , camouflaged and touted as a book……
    Fun reading indeed…..a chick-let at core…..may be catered to reality-shows-V-M-tvs-addicted generation …….
    It may open the flood hates to few more IIM/IIT writers into d market…….

    may be i am biased coz of my exposure to standard literature…..
    New and fresh readers may find it cozy……….

  5. Posted October 28, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    This is not a story but a true………. about those who never want to hurt their family n not want to forget their love…… n how they make possible which cannot happen….. by this story we can learn that if love someone or ur dream that then never quite n try ur best, never lose hope, believe in urself n ur love or dream n in last believe in GOD…… then definately u will get ur destiny………..

  6. sira
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    The wit of the author is impeccable…and the feelings potrayed in first half makes u revisit the memories u had wen u first fell for some one…hope his message of one country n not two states works for all..eventually i ll luv to give this book to my parents to read…..awesumm story!! cheers!

  7. Amit Banda
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Just came across a great offer for all fans of Chetan Bhagat and thought of sharing with you.

    This book is available at hindglobal.in for Re 1 only..

    But its worth much more.. Worth reading..

  8. Jyoti Sharma
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    One week ago I was just surfing on internet and I came to know that new book of “Chetan Bhagat” has been published: Two States..
    As I am the great fan of Chetan Bhagat, I bought that book from Lajpat Nagar (New Delhi) and undoubtly chetan bhagat rocks one more time…
    Book is worth reading..it rocks guys..must read.

    Cheers!

  9. supriya
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Can we call this book ,novel or a perfect movie script to captivate any indian who would have studied until graduation !!! Anyways nice scipt which can bring author more money in many other forms apart from the book in itself-:)

  10. Anirban Sengupta
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    This book rocks man….I think it is even better than the first one. I think only Chetan Bhagat can only do it…..Bring out every minute details of the two communities. How are they different from each other..And yet give a humorous touch to the entire story….Read it guys !!! If you are really in love, then read it…..I bet you will enjoy….I have enjoyed it for sure…..

    Keep it up Chetan…We need more from you…….

  11. Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I agree this book has been written with a bollywood movie in mind…

    And I agree with your recommendation by category of readers.

    Read my review here:

    http://anuradhagoyal.blogspot.com/2009/10/2-states-by-chetan-bhagat.html

  12. Mohammed Ali
    Posted November 8, 2009 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Wow, Incredible book………….. Chetan Rocks!1

  13. mayuri bhattacharya
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    gr8 book…….chetan bhagat rocks man!!!!!

  14. shirin anand
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    nice book…………………………………………….

  15. Posted November 12, 2009 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    His books are really good. I gonna do research work on ur books. I need all ur response n comment about his style and message.

  16. Posted November 12, 2009 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Hi fan’s of chetan:) do u think he write for money? Does his books ‘ve real message to us? Is there is any chance of adding his books in literatue? Ur valuable comments r essential. Thank u

    • Angel
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      No his name should nt be added to literature…….I think his book are just for time pass rather that for learning new and some valuable things…….

  17. Jitendra
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I found it much more intresting than the previously published books as I could not just leave it & have to take 1 day sick leave for completing this book :) Really this book has got good sense oof Humor & you can feel the caharacter ( I am basically from North India & staying in Chennai from past 5 years). Just loved it !!! Good work

  18. Sathish
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Novel? I think Chetan lost his originality. It really looks like he have taken some points from various movies and compiled together with his Familiarity and expertise as new book. It looks like watching old movies where lovers try to woe their in-laws( Lot of movie came like that in tamil ). This book can be never compared to his first original one – Five point someone. Am loosing respect to his author.

    • swetha
      Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:54 am | Permalink

      How can you say that “points from various movies and compiled together ‘
      it might be real story also , if the same thing happens in your life and your friends life , will you say that he copied you ????? no taste at allllllllllll

  19. Bhuipinder Saini
    Posted November 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    i read d novel.exclnt nd marvalus

  20. amit das
    Posted November 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    its an fantastic book . i m excited after reading this…..as i m an assamese guy studying in chennai……….i can imagine the situation well

  21. piya
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    it’s a good 1 for d people who wanna write or wanna become a writer..
    a must 4 people who love detailing of scenes in life’s expressions..

  22. vaibhav
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    a very good presentation of thoughts and incidents in today’s ‘inter-caste marriage’.. guys who r going on d same track, must read it….

  23. pallavi
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    i like two states very much.its a lovely love story with nice writing skills.
    i hvn’t read other novel but i want to do after two states.

    • SARASWATHI
      Posted May 6, 2010 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      ITS TOO………………. GOOD…. AND I LOVED THE STORY VERY MUCH…CHETAN ROKCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. samvel
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    i m just wondering why ppl call the book “2 states” as a movie script.. wat more do u expect from an indian author? .. i think ppl need to encourage his passion for writing ..No one who would quit banking and go for writing.. but he did it.. we must respect him for that …i definitely bet that even a geek could understand his english.. alwayz chetan bhagat rocks !!!!

  25. swetha
    Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Hello…. to be frank I dont read books , I dint buy any of your books also, On of my coluge got 2 states book to office and asked me to keep it safe as he was going for a break , I was just turning the pages and started reading it , to be frank I was so much involved in that I stoped working and was reading …. I have around 43 pages and I have to leav as I comopleted my shift i asked my friend to give the book for the day but he said NO… I felt as if it happend in front of my eyes …. In my sleep also it was the same ….. I wish I could get guy like you……. your wife is so lucky ….Take care of her , never hurt her…. Trust me from now I will surely buy your books … I will start collecting from the 1st book….

    • himmat singh
      Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:31 am | Permalink

      Chetan’s is a very good observer and has a great sense of humour. Add to that, the almost deliberate simplicity of his expression and his sensibly liberal perspective on things, and you have a rare combination – an Indian author writing in English who gets across to everyone with a huge impact. So many of our desi ‘literary’ English authors write so self-consciously they come across as stilted and overly nuanced. As if they are writing solely to win some prize or please the critics. .

  26. Lokesh
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Hello.. I don’t know how ..in what words I react on this book.. I just wanna to share that i just gone through some of few pages like 25-27 of them and it is quite interesting …Yesterday I wanna to make it complete as i am very much desperate to know ..What is next ?? but ..today was the office.. .now i m in office but thinking only about last night story.. that is “2 states” is clearly effecting my mind and work.. “its not good yaar..” . Chetan.. you Rock again….

  27. Posted March 2, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    Chetan Bhagat is apparenlty the brand ambassador for TOI’s Aman ki Asha Project.

    Can you beat that?! Whatever happened to our local netas and other inspiration of the gen-next.

    Anyway, a politically correct blog.

    Regards,
    Nivedita

  28. amrin potrick
    Posted March 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    awsum story…….chetan bhagat u rock…..

  29. amit dhatterwal
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    heyyyyyyyyy…………..i think chetan knows what youngistan wants……..nd then he also gave a strong msg………punjabi rocks yaar

  30. Harveen
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    hiiiiiiiiiii………an awesome awesome book by chetan bhagat……its all very natural and its amazing to read thats fun,romance and young…….i m a 17 year old girl and we got an assignmant over it…….its really beautiful story making everyone to fall in love……keep on writing such stories thanx………

  31. sudha
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m very much interested in doing research in the writing style of Chetan Bhagat which is so unique and so subtle. Chetan, you are the most happening writer in India today!!

  32. Kajol
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    hello…………ita a great book by cheta bhagat…i just loved it.the humor.the comparisons……….its great n it rocks.really it rocks….its a must read book 4 every chetan fan……..n i’m his fan….

    thankq 4 a such a wonderful book……….u just rock chetan…………

  33. Posted June 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    NICE BOOK, I LIKE IT !!!

  34. paridhi rawat
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    this book rocks yarrrrrrrr
    i think chetan bhagat is an awesome writer
    tats really true

  35. karan
    Posted July 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    r u kiddin me???????
    its 1 of d most fntstic book in d wrld!!!!!!!
    chetan bhagat rox, wtevr u say!!!

  36. Diksha
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Awesomeeeeeeeeeee book… must read for all

  37. Raval Viral M.
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I read your book and feel its my story not as u but as with love n feelings.Your book is always touch with people n also your book is giving the new thought to India.u rock

  38. sawpnaja
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    hi……….
    the book s very nice.

  39. SAYAN
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    awesome book……being stayed in chennai for 4 yrs and in mylapore its aweosme for me to read it…..thru out the book i have never felt boring

  40. ayush
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    nice………..

  41. aysha
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    gr8 book

  42. manaswin
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    very truly said the book was realy awesome…and aven d review is nicely made…i m sorry if i m using this slangish type of writing on a litrary site…but trully i m amused on reading this book and dis is jst a measure 2 xpress ma feelings…!!!

  43. Pradeep Kumar Pathak
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I have heard much about Chetan Bhagat, but I read his book for the first time coz there was no better option in the train which was already late for 6 hours. Thanks to Chetan!! Fortunately the story was somehow related to me too. I love a Tamil Girl :) . She is Iyer(Tamil Brahmin) and I am north Indian brahmin. We both tried to convince our family but failed. So I found my self much more related to the story. The creation is simple, understandable. It goes with a streamlined motion. It would have been better if there were little ups and downs.
    But overall the book is good and one should not mind reading it once, however I strongly feel its my story :)

  44. Posted October 28, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I liked ur blog website and evrything on ur blog!! its just perfect according to me…
    though i m using a computer now… but sometimes, its just like an enemy to me…

    would like to read more…. other than this post next time!

    • Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Thank you. I hope you find other posts interesting too!!

  45. Rithika P Shetty
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    wonderful……book i liked it very much
    Chetan Bhagat ur the best writer……..

  46. saritha
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Yeah i have read this book recently. Excellent book. Nice humor. Loved Krish Mother’s character very humorous than any bodies in these book. I could not control my laugh in few incidents like first meet of both the parents in IIM Campus and picnic journey.

    Any way congrats Chetan .Keep up the good work . Waiting for new book from you!

  47. Venky
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic Book.
    It is a story very similar to my life. Only difference is that I am an Tamilian who married a Punjabi girl. While in the very first meeting, I was easily able to impress my North Indian in-laws and their entire family without much effort, my conservative Tam Brahm parents have still not approved of my 8 year old marriage!
    I am so happy, atleast the story in Chetan’s novel ends on a happy note.

  48. Posted January 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    the book is awsome & a lots of humour

  49. jitendra kumar dash
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    very good book…luv it

  50. Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    This is an explosive edition to a series with a unrival heritage and pedigree.

  51. Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    CHETAN BHAGAT ROCKS!!

  52. nidhi pundir
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I simply loved ”two state”…being a teenager even I feel that ”love is not bounded by any of the boundaries”…The way Chetan Bhagat explored his emotions in this book was remarkable…

  53. Posted April 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    really “SUPERB”…….shows us the actual meaning of “LOVE”…….

  54. Posted May 17, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    अगर आपको कभी भी समय मिले तो एक बार ये किताब जरूर पढ़िएगा।

    Pustak.org

    thats alllllllllllllll…….

  55. Nilabh
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    this is good novel………read it u will know….

  56. cutie princess
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    awesome book awesome story awesome language awesome initialising awesome thoughtsssssss u r simply awesome chetan bhagat i hv became a big fan of urs after reading five point someone,2 states, 3 mistakes of my lyf & one night at the call center

  57. Chandni Patel
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    wen i first saw the book i thought its not my cup of tea but after reading it i realised i was wrong n nw m a big fan of ur’s(chetan) i wish u publish one book a year..!!
    awsme work.

  58. santosh
    Posted September 10, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii sir!
    great fan of (to be fair i may not fan of yours) but your book 3 mistakes

    it realy teaches somone what happens if they r draged into the lif of big mistakes

    willing abt da new book of urs

    2 states realy reflects my lif

    i m a south indian nd my prtnr is fm east
    but i dont wry knw because ur book is with me

    thanks alot for ur books

    nd go on rockinggggg sir

    urs
    gt fan

  59. shu
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    in two states the image of a Iyer girl has been spoiled……………her drinking habits……………….chicken eating………..the hero in this book is real hero ………….but the heroine image is very bad……….her aggressiveness has showcased wrongly…………( when she gets into the boys room where she drinks and eats chicken and does all …………….)
    Disappointed about how the southindian girl image has been spoiled……
    Every time how Punjabi mother comments about the complexion………is too bad

  60. ankush kaushik
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    i like your book.it give a message to people.i read all yr book.

  61. Dipshikha
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    loved this book,, after reading it i wanted my life to get like that toooooo

  62. Posted May 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    i love this book ………………………………………………………………………………..
    chetan u r rock…………………

  63. Shruti Pandrekar
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    This book really rocks…… The best part is when Chetan Bhagat is helped by his dad before his marriage and evn to sort out the fights of two different state family…My opinion about the love marriage as fully changed as love marriage helps to make united .Last line written is the bestest line in the novel.. i just wish there soon gona be a day when in India there will be only one state dats our INDIA….

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