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October 24, 2009

Book Review: 2 States by Chetan Bhagat

reviewed by nikhimenon@gmail.com

                                        Chetan Bhagat is undoubtedly the most popular english writer of the country.His books are mostly light hearted-easy read kind of stuff which has attributed to his great success.(Probably ,that might have prompted the writer to come up with his fourth book,hardly a year after the release of his last one.!)Anyways.if i am asked to rate his 3 previous books in a scale of ten, i would give his first one Five point someone -seven ,the second-One night @call centre (which was later made into a dud called 'Hello' with  Salman Khan in a cameo)- five point five  and his last one -3 Mistakes in My life -a meagre five. Naturally i went into his latest one,2 States : the story of my life with least expectations,yet i found this 269 pages' book as mediocre stuff..

The story revolves around Ananya Swaminathan,a tamil Brahmin and Krish, a punjabi by birth.As fate would have hit,these two individuals who were born geographically apart ,meets at.....(where else, at IIM-A!).,love blossomes,the couple decide to get married (only after getting their parents' approval.).Their desperate attempts to get the 'much needed approval' of  their folks forms the rest of the story( there is the mandatory twist too...!).Bhagat has tried to portray the culture clashes,difference in sensibilities in a humorous yet cliched way.
 

 The basic problem with this book is it's predictable or rather familiar story line.Haven't we seen all these in umpteen number of bollywood flicks?It's high time that Chetan Bhagat came out of his routine formulaic  stuff,(you can hardly miss the essential  five elements of his  wrting in this one too: young, modern protagonists (no prizes for guessing that they are  from IIT or IIM); conversation with F word, Bollywood-ish plot complete with proposals on knee; a love story and a twist at end).We loved it in five point someone ,dared to overlook them in 'One night @call centre',tolerated them in '3 mistakes', but not any more Mr.Bhagat. The writer seemes to be in a 'self indulgent mode' as we can see 'left overs' of 'five point someone' in the initial half of the novel.

All these flaws apart, what makes this book an okay 'one time'. light read is it's simplicity and the occassional fun it manages to provide.The writing is mostly simple (as any of his previous books) and there are a few funny lines too....(that's what we expect from a chetan bhagat book,after all ..!)

On the whole, '2 states: The story of my marriage' ,though cliched is slightly better than his previous one 'the 3 mistakes in my life'.Grab a copy if you want to kill a boring sunday after noon.

I would give this book five point five out of ten...

6 comments:

Panicker said...

Good review. I suppose the five elements that you mentioned, along with some detailed 'intimate moments', are exactly what one expects from Bhagat.

Could not finish FPS, but did complete One night @ a Call center. May be I shud go 4 Sheldon on a boring Sunday afternoon.

Let's see how the FPS movie comes out with Aamir Khan(!?) playing a protagonist. Does that mean the movie will deal with PhD students, in stead of Bachelors? :D

nikhimenon said...

ya ..but i heard aamir khan's 3 idiots is not exactly Fps..apparently,they started with it and later switched to a fresh script..honestly, i dont think anyof bhagat's books can be made succesfully to a full length feature...

Peter Williams Amalraj said...

hmm...never got the drive to read "two states" after reading a rigmarole like '3 mistakes of my life'... Though Chetan doesn't write anything better than an 'easy read', atleast he had contributed to a little 'Indian english reading '.. Afterall i have read only "one night @call centre"..(which i liked atleast to the point that i could relate myself to the story being a s/w engineer.. i don't think ITES employess are no way different from IT employees ;))& '3mistakes'.. but the '3 mistakes' make me realise it was a '1 mistake' on my part to have read it..
@nikhi.. I guess i've to disagree with you on "anyof bhagat's books can be made succesfully to a full length feature...".. IMO Chetan's plot only fits into Bollywood movies... it has the typical ingredients of contemporary bollywood anticipations... The so- called 'coming of an age'(at least they claim it that way) cinema like KANK, Love Aaj kaal, etc.. are nothing more than crap..

In my guess chetan's next should be something with number 4 .. when 1 was with a night @ a call centre, 2 was with the states, 3 with mistakes, 5 already pointing some one.. hope '4' completes his five elements :) lol !!

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Nikil said...

good review