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Book Review: 2 States by Chetan Bhagat

Nowadays, casual readers in India have begun liking South Asian literature. But in India, it is Chetan Bhagat who has revolutionized the reading world. People love his books because of simple and spicy-kind of stories. He provides endings to his stories and the way he narrates is an impressive art within oneself. At the start of his career, he was notably known for only IIT Five Points, but now all of his books have been adapted for movies, certainly we cannot hide his increasing charm among masses.

Coming back to 2 States, apparently, this book covers his own love story when he was a student at IIM Ahmadabad.  Just like our Bollywood movies this novel too has positively encouraged inter-caste or inter-religion marriage and one can hear couples saying that their love story is inspired by 2 States in either ways; from book as well as the movie. Like other stories, this particular book finely presents the cross cultural difficulties to be dealt before tying the knots. Understanding and convincing them is the real fun in this book. So was in the movie.

The book was written a few years ago, so new lovers should read this book after or before watching the movie. If thinking positively, then Bhagat’s novel is a good going book for light readers but it could be noticed that heavy readers might not like his writing style but may enjoy the movie. Overall, Bhagat provides satisfaction to his defined readers. Someone looking to start a reading hobby then picking up his books will keep him/her interested.

On the whole, this was an entertaining and light read. If you take pleasure in watching Bollywood stories with a slightly more realistic feel, then you may likely enjoy this book. Watch and read or read and then watch, choice is yours.


  1. Very true and gentle review, this is one of those books that make even the avid readers to get good joy, though there are plenty of spice added to make jusice for he writing , this one
    is rare master class narration of the true incident, but off-course in a similar bollwood fashion.


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