Sometimes when we read books we become totally enamoured by it and that is what I felt when I started to read “2 States – The Story of my Marriage” by Chetan Bhagat.
A simple love story of two people in love but with hurdles to cross as is the norm for love stories to work. What good is a love story if there is not some drama to coat it with. Krish and Ananya two souls in love but bound by the timeless rules of Indian marriage rules for those in love, since many a times when you are Indian you have been reminded that marriages are not just between two people but it is a culmination of joining of two families, you don’t marry the person but you marry the family and thus families become joined.
The fact just mentioned has been proven time and again through the overly melodramatic Indian tv shows and widely loved movies from the Indian film industry . Being in love sometimes can be difficult as has been proven numerous times by numerous authors and also immortalised by numerous movies, but then when was something as awesome love going to be easy as a walk in the park.
So after I finished the book what struck me most was the contrast in the behaviour of people and the values and lifestyles of people in a country which was so diverse. The Punjabis were shown to be very loud and rude and money minded and the Tamils were shown to be totally opposite. Are these quirks and observations really true according to Bhagat I cannot say. But what I was able to really relate to and enjoy was the love that Krish and Ananya had for each other and the extent to which both were trying to keep the happiness of their parents and do right to them.
Thus when one starts to read the book, it captures your interest with simplicity of the language. It does not go into details of weather, or scenery or mundane details of how things should look and feel from the protagonist point of view. The book starts from a flashback and then moves to present, taking you on a journey of Inter Caste/State love story based in India.
This book has truly been a wonderful experience to read, and I would suggest it as a good read for those days when you are in a mood to stay in and listen to the soft patter of rain falling with Old Hindi Classics in background and then you enter in the world of Krish and Ananya.