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Two Fates -The Story of My Divorce

Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce (Paperback)

Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce (Paperback)

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Published by Westland Books Pvt Ltd

220 pages

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9381626009

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9789381626009)

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It’s the classic tale of Punjabi boy-meets-Tamilian girl, they fall in love, the families oppose it, but love conquers all and they get married to live happily ever after. Or do they? There’s a twist in this hilarious tale by Judy Balan when, four years down the line, Rishab and Deepika fall out of love. But if getting married was hard, getting divorced is much, much harder because, by now, their families have fallen in love – with each other. And will leave no stone unturned to ...

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6 Reviews of Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce (Paperback)

A thoroughly good book! Initially, I assumed the book to be a spoof on Chetan Bhagat's Two States, the book turns out in awesomely good shape. The storyline of a couple w.. More details A thoroughly good book! Initially, I assumed the book to be a spoof on Chetan Bhagat's Two States, the book turns out in awesomely good shape. The storyline of a couple who are dying to get a divorce was indeed very catchy and I am sure most of the couples can relate to Rishabh and Deepika, since all the incidents mentioned in the book are in-fact witnessed among the urban couples these days. It just keeps getting better and better as one progresses. The author had me in splits most of the time. This story starts where most of the stories end which according to me was the splendid part. Right from childhood, we are hooked onto the fairy tales where the prince and the princess get married and they live happily ever after (an imaginary phrase cos we don't get to see the 'happily ever after' couples in real life). In the Bollywood movies too, the story ends with the actors tying up the knot or getting betrothed. But what happens after that, no one knows. And that's exactly where Judy scores with her book. Life after marriage and that too after a passionate love story with a Romeo-Juliet backdrop where the Punjabis and Tamilians resembling the Capulets and Montagues, is not a bed of roses. However, the most surprising element of the book (atleast to me) was the two families getting along and not for the sake of it, but actually getting along like a house on fire. I loved the way the author presented the story with equal amounts of sarcasm, humour and emotions. Great style of writing and a really wonderful plot. I would definitely recommend the book to all.
To summarize, all I would like to say is Kudos to the author and eagerly waiting for her next book!
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The couple is nothing more than two insignificant stars somewhere in this cosmic event. So what happens when a couple decide to get divorced by mutual consent and remain .. More details The couple is nothing more than two insignificant stars somewhere in this cosmic event. So what happens when a couple decide to get divorced by mutual consent and remain simply as best friends? Hilarity ensues.

The couple of course is pressed all the while to have a baby. What’s more the Punjabi and Tamilian families go overboard in blending in with each other. Deepika’s money conscious, stingy and traditional Tamil family lets its hair down and does the cha-cha along with a few healthy shots of whiskey. The zealous Punjabi family of Rishab camps in Chennai to be partners in crime in the mission of coercing the couple to have a baby. The families conclude the best way make ‘em make babies is to send them on a second honeymoon to the UK.
One cannot but like Deepika and Rishab. They seem so harassed by their families that one hopes they succeed in their divorce. But most of their efforts seem to backfire leading to desperation. The ending has a suitable twist which does leave you with that nice content smile.

A wonderful quick read.
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No matter how “modern” we become in our thinking, some things will never change in the Indian society. I’m hinting at one of our most primary concerns, or should I .. More details No matter how “modern” we become in our thinking, some things will never change in the Indian society. I’m hinting at one of our most primary concerns, or should I say arrangement – marriage. People still have a lot of trouble convincing their folks to approve of their love/marriage, when they fall in love with a person outside their “community”. A “love marriage” sometimes is still looked down at, in most clans.
Let’s say you face all the music and convince your parents to get you married to the person you love and think it’s going to be a “happily ever after” sort of a life, only to realize that things are not really all that fine. And you (mutually) think of a divorce. Bhamm!
How do you think you’ll convince your parents for that!??!
Judy Balan’s debut novel “Two Fates: The Story of My Divorce” revolves around this very plot.
We have a cute couple, Deepika Sundar (a chirpy Tamilian girl) and Rishab Khanna (a handsome Punjabi boy) who after a lot of trials and tribulations convince their parents and get married, and within a couple of years think of getting divorced! On mutual grounds, of course. The trouble they majorly face here is: their parents have developed a fondness for them as well as their respective families. They now look up to Deepika and Rishab as the ideal couple and wish for the other children of their community to follow suit. Oh, and did I mention, how desperately both the families look forward to the couple having a baby!?! It’s true when they say, in India you don’t just marry a person, you marry the entire clan!
The crux of the story definitely is way different from any that I’ve heard/read in a long while. And let me confess, the writing got me hooked from the very first page – the acknowledgement and the prologue had me giggling and laughing and smiling and loving it all the way till the end.
The scenes (almost all of them) are funny and rightly over-dramatic. I could absolutely relate to each and every situation since I share a similar background (professionally and personally).
Imagine the roller coaster ride that the readers are put on, when a money conscious, traditional Tamil family blends in with the forever-partying-and-drowning-in-whiskey Punjabi family!
There is not a single page in here that will not crack you up. If you think the portrayal of Punjabi’s is overtly dramatic and “louder than the drums”, well…it is so! There’s a reason we are “fun-jabis”!
Judy has done justice to the plot and the story. It is simply interesting, humorous, entertaining, intriguing, and yes captivating! (Yes, that’s how impressed I was!)
The sweet quibble of the couple; the randomness of the forever-after-your-life- aunties; the pseudo-sophisticated behavior of the so-called NRIs; the typical struggle with boss/colleagues; and the understanding and love that the couple share will stay in your mind even after you put the book down.
For a debut novel, Judy has done wonders. The book makes up for a light read over a relaxed weekend.
Let’s give truly fictional scenes a pass, after all this is just a parody of “you-know-which-book”.
I recommend this to every person reading the review. Go pick it up!
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. What I assumed to be a chick-lit turned out to be high fancy Indian drama in full fervor. Very smooth flowing narrative with a distinct styl.. More details A thoroughly enjoyable read. What I assumed to be a chick-lit turned out to be high fancy Indian drama in full fervor.
Very smooth flowing narrative with a distinct style that keeps makes this book truly un-putdownable.
The story line of a divorce is quite unique and verbose of the couple was endearing.
Quite a few interesting twists and turns towards the end made it more enjoyable for me. But the humor mainly had me smiling and laughing all throughout. I would recommend this to all my friends. Do read. It will relax you over the weekend Kudos to the author for such a nice offering. Will look forward to her next book.
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This is amongst the most hilarious novels, by a young Indian writer that I’ve read. The author says that this is a parody on Chetan Bhagat’s book (Two States) and a w.. More details This is amongst the most hilarious novels, by a young Indian writer that I’ve read.
The author says that this is a parody on Chetan Bhagat’s book (Two States) and a wonderfully crafted piece I must say. There was not a single page that did not have me smiling and laughing.
The story is not how the couple convinces their families to get them married, but how they are desperately seeking divorce but every time they want to break the news to the family a new drama rises which hinders their intention.
Super funny and enjoyable. I loved reading this. Please do pick it up asap!
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About Judy Balan

Judy Balan is a single mother, avid blogger, playwright and now a novelist with her fiction Two Fate...