2 States: The Story of My Marriage

2 States: The Story of My Marriage 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 for approval of their marriage. The novel is a fiction, but is said to be inspired from the real story of the author and his wife Anusha 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 Somenone’. He wrote this novel after quitting his job at an investment bank.

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 Tamil from Chennai, quarreling with the mess staff about the food. They become friends within a few days and decide to study together every night. In time, they become romantically involved. They both get good 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 PPT and later convinces her mom by asking her sing in a concert organised by Krish’s office.She was convinced as she had her biggest dream of singing in a big concert comes to be true. Then they tried to convince Krish’s mom the problem was Krish’s mother’s relatives who doesn’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 ends 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 a enemy for Krish helps Krish and Ananya to get married as he convinces Ananya’s family well. 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’.

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