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By: Chetan Bhagat
ISBN: 8129115301
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Category : Fiction
After IIT, it’s IIM. No, we aren’t talking about the author’s educational qualifications – though this chronology would be true in that case too. We are talking about the setting of 2 States : The Story of my Marriage. After writing about IIT life in Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat talks about India’s other premier institute, IIM. Of course, though the story takes off at IIM-Ahmedabad, it is not about life at IIM per se. That does seem to be the pitching point, however.
2 States is about the love story of Krish and Ananya, two brilliant students pursuing their post-graduate studies in the hallowed institute. In a setting where beautiful girls are scarce, Krish ends up befriending the most beautiful of the lot. They become friends, start studying together every night and eventually fall in love. That’s when they hit a tiny snag – they both belong to different cultures. Krish is a Punjabi from Delhi, and Ananya’ s family is staunch Tamil. Though they couldn’t care less about the cultural differences, their parents do – a lot!
What follows is a hilarious comparison of how the North is the North, and the South is the South and never the twain shall meet. Their love story sees more troughs than crests because of parental concerns. The story is said to be part autobiographical, inspired from Chetan Bhagat’s own life and love at IIM-Ahmedabad. The most notable aspect of this book is how it shatters the myth of unity in diversity in India. And sadly, it’s almost true.
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