𝟐 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐎𝐟 𝐌𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐁𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐭
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐑𝐮𝐩𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 . 𝟐𝟔𝟗
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟗
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 : 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟎
This is the love story of Krish (a Punjabi from Delhi) and Ananya (a Tamil Iyer from Chennai). They meet in IIMA, fall in love, and struggle to convince their parents to accept their choice. It is a thoroughly hilarious narration. The highlight of the book is the really funny (and VERY close to the absolute truth) description of how people behave; be it the blatant lies and ego-massaging statements in an IIM interview, or the massive exhibition of wealth and splendor in a Punju wedding, or the way Tamil Moms and Aunts fall over each other praising an NRI Engineer working in the US…If you have lived in India, you can relate to many of the events described in the book. It is this uncanny ability to connect with the reader that has undoubtedly made Chetan Bhagat so popular among the masses. I happen to be a Tamilian, born and brought up in Delhi, and hence, I could relate to almost every detail of the book.
It is not a book to embrace lessons from, neither it is an insightful read. But, surely it is a delightful and amusing read. It keeps you absorbed without letting you put it down without completing.
This is a book for those looking for some entertainment; those who can laugh at themselves; those who can derive amusement from minor observations made by the author; ones who can understand that the author is stretching the truth here and there….and enjoy the story, nevertheless.