2 States: The Story of My Marriage
|2 States: The Story Of My Marriage|
|Publisher||Rupa & Co.|
|Publication date||8 October 2009|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
2 States: The Story of My Marriage commonly known as 2 States is a 2009 novel written by Chetan Bhagat. It is the story about a couple coming from two different states in India, who face hardships in convincing their parents to approve of their marriage. The novel is said to be inspired from the real life story of the author and his wife Anusha SuryaNarayanan who are from Delhi and Tamil Nadu, respectively. This is the second Chetan Bhagat book based largely on his life, with the other being his first book Five Point Someone. He wrote this novel after quitting his job at an investment bank. This is his fourth book after Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center and The Three Mistakes of My Life.
Partly autobiographical, the story is about Krish and Ananya who hail from two different states of India, are deeply in love and want to get married.
The story begins in the IIM Ahmedabad mess, where Krish, a Punjabi boy from Delhi sights a beautiful girl, Ananya, a Tamilian from Chennai, quarreling with the mess staff about the food. Ananya was tagged as the "Best girl of the fresher batch". They become friends within a few days and decide to study together every night. In mean time, they become romantically involved. They both get jobs, and have serious plans for their wedding. At first Krish tries to convince his girlfriend Ananya's parents and at last and convinces them by helping Ananya's father to do his first PowerPoint Presentation, her brother, Manju, by giving him tuition and later convinces her mom by asking her to sing in a concert organised by Krish's office, i.e Citibank. She was convinced as she had her biggest dream of singing in a big concert comes to be true. She sang along with S. P. Balasubrahmaniam and Hariharan. Then they tried to convince Krish's mom. But the problem was Krish's mother's relatives who don't quite like this, they say that Krish should not marry a Madrasi but ends up agreeing with them when Ananya tries to help one of Krish's cousin to get married and succeeds to do so. Now as they have convinced both their parents they now try to make their parents meet each other to know each. They go to Goa. But this dream of theirs end as Ananya's parents finds something fishy between Krish's mom and him. Ananya's family end up deciding that Krish and Ananya will not marry each other But at last Krish's father who was like an enemy for Krish helps Krish and Ananya to get married as he convinces Ananya's family well. They really do very hard to convince each other parents and finally make it. It is narrated in a first person point of view in a humorous tone, often taking digs at both Tamil and Punjabi cultures . The novel ends with Ananya giving birth to twin boys. They say that the babies belong to a state called 'India'; with a thought to end inequality.
What is even more interesting is the continuation of character Hari of Five Point Someone in Krish.and then what to do?
When it was first announced that director Siddharth Anand would make a film based on 2 States, the lead role was slated to be played by Saif Ali Khan and the music to be composed by Vishal Shekhar. Due to creative differences over script between Siddharth and Saif, the project was called off.
Since Shahrukh Khan did not want to appear in back to back romantic movies, the director decided to look at other options. Later on, it was declared that Imran Khan was announced as the male lead. Due to clash of dates, producers Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala finally confirmed and confesed that Arjun Kapoor, son of leading producer Boney Kapoor who became an overnight hit with his 2012 debut Ishaqzaade will play the leading role Krish and Alia Bhatt,daughter of noted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt who also had a dream debut in 2012 with Student of the Year (film) will be playing the role of Ananya Swaminathan.
- Five Point Someone - What not to do at IIT
- One Night @ the Call Center
- The Three Mistakes of My Life
- Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
- 2 States - Book website on chetanbhagat.com
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