Sunday, January 31, 2010

2 States - The Story of My Marriage

                                   Author: Chetan Bhagat
Published: 2009
Publisher: Rupa & Co.

A Punjabi boy and a Tamilian girl, both MBAs from IIM-Ahmedabad fall in love and get married. This is all as far as the story line is concerned.
But the way they go about convincing each other's parents who are initially opposed to their love and also how they make their respective extended families to like one another is described in a very humorous manner.
Chetan Bhagat takes dig at both Punjabi and Tamilian communities (apologizing for this beforehand in the preface of this book), which hopefully will not offend them. One should have a good sense of humor to laugh at themselves.
As a Tamilian who grew up in North India, I had the chance of observing both the communities at very close quarters. And I would say that the portrayal of stereotypes from these communities is very realistic.
Chetan Bhagat indicates in the preface that the story is inspired by his own family and experiences, though it should be seen as a fiction. Like the protagonist Krish, who is the narrator of the story, Chetan Bhagat is an IIT-D/IIM-A product who worked in a multinational bank; has a passion for writing; married to his MBA classmate , who is a Tamilian; and a father of twin boys.
This is one of the hilarious books which I have ever read in recent times. I laughed my way through it.
Strongly recommend for a light and enjoyable reading.

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