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Krish and Ananya finally get married and they live happily thereafter with their kids……!!!  Feels as if I have just finished watching a bollywood flick. Well, not exactly !! But have just finished reading 2 States by chetan Bhagat, which is  going to be another hit bollywood flick for sure. As I was moving ahead in the novel para by para, page by page, the only thing that crossed me, am I watching yet another hindi movie? 2 States is bingo !!! There was little disappointment with his last novel, 3 mistake…. But in 2 States he has hit the right note in all the departments – story line, wit, emotions, sex and melodrama. It is indeed a treat of those who love reading light hearted youthfull novels.

2 States is about Krish and Ananya. Set in the backdrop of IIM Ahmedabad, this novel is essentially a love story. A north Indian boy falls in love with a south Indian girl.  They decide to get married and families approval is mandatory. But the problem is India’s rich cultural diversity. Well, is that a problem? Oh yes, especially when the difference is as great as north and south of India. The plot revolves around how this madly in love couple decide not to elope and make this happen with their parents’ consent.

It wont be surprising if I put it as a screenplay of a wanna be movie than a novel. Right from the beginning till the end it simply seems as if you are up watching a nice romantic movie. The culture difference in north and south India has been portrayed with great effectiveness and sheer honesty. The “larger than life” life style of punjabi’s and the mellowed down south Indian lifestyle has been put with lot of sincerity. Chetan Bhagat is always credible when it comes to humour and his choice of one liners. And this time too they are highly appreciable and probably boosts the readability of the novel to a large extent. Touting it as semi autobiographical, Chetan Bhagat’s characters are sumptuous enough to make one feel “I wish I was Krish or may be Ananya.” They are typically boy next door types and easily identifiable. Perhaps one of the best things about all his works.

2 States has a much better narration than “3 mistakes of my life”. Though his writing style is largely similar in all the first 3 novels, in 2 States, his attempt is much more sensitive and realistic with acceptable gestures of love and emotions. Unlike his last flick, 2 States doesn’t go overboard in sex and exgaerting melodrama which makes the novel a very interesting read. Its a story where the protagonists never let their parents’ decision influence their choice and at the same time manages to understand their sensibilities. A good attempt to convey some serious message as well. The situations acts as fodder for arguments and drama, and Mr.Bhagat conveniently wraps them in his wit and humour and presents before us. Needless to say his distint style which is his hallmark.

Chetan Bhagat is indeed a smart writer. He nurtured the dream of being a writer right from his IIM days. And why not, this former investment banker has made India read like never before. He understands the youth pulse. And more than that knows what sells. Chetan Bhagat certainly knows to wield his pen. He knows what to talk and how to talk. His earlier books have been acclaimed and consequently made into movies. Whenever he comes out with a novel, it creates an unprecedented ripple in the market. Literary profoundness is not his forty. But what he has is mass appeal and an inexplicable aura.

With 2 States selling like hot cake, I guess all izz well for Mr. Bhagat.  Now all we need is to wait and watch who grabs 2 States. A sure shot bollywood blockbuster, hopefully duly credited to this fantastic writer. Bravo !!!

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