Ever since my movie date with Saanvi to watch Kai Po Che, I was eager to read every single book of Chetan Bhagat. Love stories are good, aren’t they? I picked up 2 States to read after finishing the heavy-read Thousand Splendid Suns. Two birds at one shot – read long awaited teen flick and increase my book count.
The book is an extremely easy read – finished in one sitting of around 3 hours. After reading the book and complaining about it to my sister in law, I put up a facebook status message:
Sometimes, you just wish you hadn’t read that one book – you’d still be holding the author very high. Chetan Bhagat – not the same in my eyes after reading 2 States.
That actually sums up my review for the book. But, i still did get over from the complaining mode, so here we go on a lengthy account on why I did not like the book:
Inter religious and Inter State marriages are not easy. And in no way funny. Only people who can survive them are the “decided” ones – who know in the deepest of their hearts that the other person is “THE ONE” for them. In a novel that talks about Inter state marriages and goes on and on how they convince each other’s parents – how can it miss out the obvious chemistry part : What makes them convince themselves that they are made for each other? From my personal experience, it takes quite long time and some level of maturity to come to these decisions. The relationship between the main protagonists is really shallow. College students, studying together and spending all the time with each other. In real world, how many of these spend-all-time-together relationships culminate into marriage? No where in the book the author attempted to show atleast one deep conversation between the couple. It is embarrassing to note that, the main lead Krish tells guruji about his father, not the girl who’s parents he’s been trying to convince since last 6 months. Sigh.
There are other problems with this book as well. Important one is a very cinematic way of dealing with each side’s parents. Is that all it takes – a powerpoint presentation and a music concert to win over hearts? Don’t think so. It would need some hard-hitting conversations between the girl and her parents. In the whole scheme of impressing her parents, the girl just goes on week-long trips outside the house and let the guy handle her parents. Wish it would be so easy, isn’t it? And the least talked about the guy’s family the better. His father, who gets slapped because he did not support him in his previous love matter goes all the way to the girl’s house to convince! He who does not value his own wife – talk about getting a daughter in law for her. It must be some kind of joke.
End of the day – not one incident in the book looks realistic. However, I am pretty sure the book would make a good romantic movie. In all in all, the only thing I liked in the book was the dig taken at punjabi and tamil cultures – also the only saving grace of the book.
If possible, just stay away from this book. Chetan Bhagat, we the readers deserve much better.
Have a good day and keep rocking!!