“From biscuit to brides, if there is anything their children really want, parents have a problem”.

Chetan Bhagath, 2 States

‘2 States’ is a semi fictional novel ๐Ÿ“– penned by Chetan Bhagat. It revolves around the love ๐Ÿ˜ story of Krish Malhotra ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ from Punjab and Ananya Swaminathan ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Chennai. The title itself is a revelation of the content, the hassles these lovers had to face being from different states ๐Ÿ—พ and different cultures.

The North – South Attraction

“She had perfect features, with her eye, nose, lips, and ears the right size and in right places. That is all it takes to make people beautiful, normal body parts โ€“ yet why does nature mess it up so many times?”

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Ananya aand Krish at their college

Ananya and Krish are students of IIM Ahmedabad. The story begins when they meet at the mess hall ๐Ÿ› of their hostel. She is seen fighting ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ for the bad quality food that the hostel provides. Ananya was also one of those who were tagged ๐Ÿท๏ธ the best of freshers. Krish and Ananya meet during the fight and become good friends ๐Ÿค.

The Punjabi-Madrasi Couple ๐Ÿ‘ซ

“When a woman comes into your life, things organize themselves”.

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Their friendship soon blossoms to love โค๏ธ. Chetan Bhagath very boldly unveils the matters of premarital sex ๐Ÿ’‹ in this novel. Premarital sex isn’t portrayed as a grave sin nor a regrettable deed โŒ. The narration is also done using several words from both Punjabi and Tamil. Ananya soon moves to Krish’s hostel ๐Ÿข and they seem serious about their relationship.

What is an obstacle when the lovers ๐Ÿ’ decide to get married? Do those boundaries prevent their union ๐Ÿคจ? Can different languages ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ or cultures be a hindrance when their hearts ๐Ÿ’ž feel the same and speak the same?

The Convocation Ceremony ๐ŸŽ“

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Introducing each others Parents

Ananya and Krish let their parents meet at the convocation ceremony ๐ŸŽ“ but their parents ignore ๐Ÿ˜’ it as they are from different states following varied practices. Ananya and Krish then decide to get a job ๐Ÿ’ผ and earn themselves ๐Ÿ’ด before discussing the serious matters of marriage ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿคต within the families.

The Marriage Proposal ๐Ÿ’

The proposal is an adrenaline moment โ˜บ๏ธ for the readers ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ as it comes out unexpectedly in the midst of the job interview ๐Ÿ‘”. Ananya and Krish were attending interviews ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป at the same time. The marriage proposal ๐Ÿ’ is made in between and accepted by her ๐Ÿ˜š. But both of them decide to get married, convincing their parents ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ๐Ÿง“.

Convincing the Madrasis ๐Ÿ˜”

“How can such scary looking parents create something so cute?”

The issue of employment was solved but their serious tasks were yet not accomplished ๐Ÿ˜‘. They had to convince ๐Ÿ™‚ their parents in order to get married. Krish therefore requests his employer to place him in the Chennai branch of City bank. He arrives in Chennai to ๐Ÿ˜Œ Ananya’s parents.

“We sat on the floor for dinner. Ananya’s father passed me a banana leaf. I wondered if i had to eat it or wipe my hands with it.”

Can Krish Accomplish This Task? ๐Ÿค”

Ananya makes Krish meet her parents ๐Ÿค and welcomes to her house. Krish utilises this opportunity to get close to them. Krish tutors ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ her brother, Manju Swaminathan to crack IIT examinations ๐Ÿ“‹. Meanwhile, he also assists his father in creating a PowerPoint presentation ๐Ÿ’ป for his official needs ๐Ÿ“‰. Krish also fulfils her mother’s wish to sing ๐ŸŽค at a concert ๐ŸŽป which was organised by his employer.

Task Accomplished ๐Ÿ‘

Krish manages to win the hearts ๐Ÿ’– of Ananya’s parents and impresses โ˜บ๏ธ all of them once again proposing Ananya in front of her parents with four rings to each of them. Krish has done his part. But can Ananya please Krish’s parents? ๐Ÿคจ

Ananya, On her Wayโ€ฆ

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Krish introducing Ananya to his family members

Krish takes Ananya to his house ๐Ÿก. But his mother doesn’t like it. His father too ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ. It seems very clear that Krish isn’t in good terms with his father. Krish’s mother as well as relatives aren’t interested ๐Ÿ˜ฃ in this relation and calls them as dark colored souths ๐Ÿค. But she wins everyone’s heart โ™ฅ within a single moment when she helps one of his cousin brother in his wedding ๐Ÿ’ƒ.

Can Krish and Ananya now get married โ˜บ๏ธ when both the parents are convinced? But both the parents haven’t had longer conversations ๐Ÿ‘ฅ? Will this go worse when they converse ๐Ÿ˜‘?

Culture and Language or Love? ๐Ÿค”

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The Disputes between Mothers

Krish and Ananya plan a trip to Goa along ๐Ÿš– with their families to let them know each other. But this worsens the condition ๐Ÿ˜ถ. This idea brings Ananya and Krish to decide that they break up ๐Ÿ’” and make a conclusion that their families won’t get along and they drop their plan of marriage ๐Ÿ‘Ž. Both of them return and continues with their own lives ๐Ÿ™ƒ.

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Krish aand Ananya break up

Will Krish And Ananya Get Along?

Readers ask themselves why don’t they get married as per their wish๐Ÿ˜ถ. But this situation might have been experienced by more than half of Indian families๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ. Giving up on their love for the sake of family. A family who never understands that they are the ones who should live their lives๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. A very normal, usual situation traced in a much normal narrative.

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Here too, Krish undergoes a kind of depression. He becomes workaholic engaging himself in his work ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ and his hobby of writing ๐Ÿ“. He locks himself in his room and talks rarely. But one he receives a call from Ananya ๐Ÿ“ž.

Into Marriage ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿคต

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Ananya’s call reveals that his father had visited them and fixed their marriage. The father who didn’t even talk to his son had travelled โœˆ๏ธ a long way to Chennai to grab his love back. Ananya had called him to let him know of this.

The Marriage ๐Ÿ“ฟ

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Ananya and Krish getting married

The marriage is also different here as both of them hails from different families. The Tamilians insist upon seeing their groom ๐Ÿ‘ณโ€โ™€๏ธon their traditional dress and changes his Punjabi wears. The Tamilian marriage is done ๐Ÿ’and they live a happy life.

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Marriage Ceremony

The novel end where Ananya gives birth ๐Ÿคฐ to twin boys ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘ถ. The nurse chuckles and asks where the baby woyld belong to. Krish replies that their baby ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ belong to a state called India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ. He wishes to vanish the existing boundaries of culture and be the man of his country.

Not Just 2 States, But The Multicultural State

Every single of citizen of India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ is proud of its varied cultures and languages. But at the same time, this method alienation from other cultures is also very much evident๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. Indians respect and receive foreign cultures and forget to mingle in the multiculture that exists within ourselves๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

“The world’s most sensible and the most idiotic person lies within us.. the worst part is we can’t say who is who”.

Chetan Bhagat discusses these problems ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ of multiculturalism at the same time how marriages are still going on India. Indian marriages still focus on the reputations of families rather than the feelings and emotions ๐Ÿ’— that the couple have for each. The commercialisation ๐Ÿ’ฐ of marriage is very explicitly discussed in the novel. The novel is simple and free of in- depth meanings.

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Garv Gupta · June 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm

You guys are awesome. It’s always clean, perfect words choosen wow

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Janvi Chawla · July 18, 2021 at 1:26 am

The way the book is brought up is nice. Good work.

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