Sunday 1 November 2009

2 States-Not Just the book...

It's not just about the book... Even I seem to be in 2 states right now...

*Liquid ala tears...
My tonsillitis just got a lot worse with my doc suggesting I should get them removed surgically :-ss which does not curry any favour with me... :( Koi experience ho toh batao bhai...

Our Aviator got stolen! that too from the building parking... under the nose, sorry snores of the watchman... worse! nobody remembered the full number on the number plate along with series, I mean only dad drives it, but then when you sit on it, you obviously look only at the roads no... and I didn't have a single photo of the scooter wherein the number plate was visible... Don't worry number mil gaya hai vaise and FIR toh ho gayi hai... lets see kya hota hai... :-w
Moral of the story: Photo khincho apne vehicles ki...

*Solid bole toh happy...
I got a new mobile... Nokia 6303... ossum cam... rest of the features wahi hai jo aajkal ke saare cells mein hote hain... but I <3>

Justine is back...and it is official, she's training for the further tournaments \:D/ Finally... women's tennis will regain its lost glory... :D
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This probably contains endless spoilers. DO NOT read further if you prefer your reads not spoiled by some book-loving idiot who has to judge them after reading them...

About the book:
Love marriages around the world are simple... In India, there are a few more steps....

As true as true can get! The book is about a Punju(Punjabi) and a Tam Brahm (Tamilian Brahmin) who meet at... where
else, but IIM A. They like each other and then comes the falling in love part... then living together, and then leaving together, after grad i.e. Then comes the part where the guy woos the girl's family, and the girl woos the guy's... Simple, too normal, isn't it? Don't we keep hearing about it all the time... how the girl's or the guy's families refuse to accept the relation, about how the lovers are forced to probably go in for court marriages... But these two, call them idiots if you want, wanted a wedding involving both families...

So then starts the quest, guy loves girl, guy learns to love her geek IIT-pursuing brother by tutoring him and thus gaining access to her house, and getting tutored in return; her strict Kanjivaram-clad mom by fueling her desire to be a Carnatic music singer; her conservative always-behind-the-Hindu(newspaper) dad by helping him out with his presentation at an otherwise-boring job at Bank of Baroda; her strictly Tamil-loving, alcohol-and-non-veg hating city of Chennai with long winding addresses and looting autowaalas.... Girl learns to like his hi-fi, surrounded by rich brothers and sisters, seemingly blinded by the worldly possessions... mom. Both families learn to tolerate each other.... Of course, it's a happy ending!

What I think:
Chetan Bhagat just loves his IIT and his IIM, but then he also gets all the vibes perfectly! I suppose spending time at both the places, he knows the pulse of both these institutions so well... But I'd like to see him move out of these two places now!

He has carried forward a few ideas, or rather borrowed heavily from 5 Point Someone when he talks about Krish(THE guy) not being on the best of terms with his dad, his army background and a broken relationship at IIT with a professor's daughter, it is Hari all over again...

I love his attention to detail in the book... at one point, when he's talking about relatives having flown in from all parts of the world to attend the wedding, he says... They were sitting in the traditional Tamil attire, clutching their mineral water bottles. I mean, it brought back countless memories for me, except the Tamil attire part of course, but traditional Indian definitely.

The part about his Mickey Mouse covered underwear appearing through the translucent silk veshti he has to wear for the wedding is just ROFLsome...

He really knows Tam Brahms... I was reminded of a friend all through the book as I read it! Infact, the very first page set the tone of the book, my friend would most probably have acted in exactly the manner, frowning and making a face at the kind of rasam served.

I like the way he's put humour in the book at places, the way he talks about the need for the country to be one and not separated on the basis of whether a person is a North Indian or a South Indian without actually being pedagogic or didactic (sorry I had been dying to use these words on the blog ever since I learnt them B-)

The way he puts illa-something something-ille when he's talking about those Tam dialogues being uttered which are beyond his comprehension, is exactly the way I put those Marathi conversations when the language starts going beyond me ;)

All in all, I love the book for what it is... A must read book, one of those rare ones that get the tone of the country as you know it correctly, without bothering to go in for explanation of smells and their beauty lasting two pages (read book!), the bride-hunting and the groom-hunting that starts as soon as beta bada ho gaya or beti badi ho gayi..., the irritating domineering relatives who's lives sole purpose is to point out your mistakes... it is like... real!!!

Grab a copy people....



46 comments:

- Sugar Cube - said...

lol @ photo kheecho apne vehicles ki :P

I read the novel too and have the same opinion.
The puns and punches..the details are good.

I liked a lot of lines..like..fishes having attention deficiency syndrome :P
And the ones relating to how food means life to Punjabis :D Was so cool each and everytime!

And yeah the mickey part is hilarious!!

Hmm and hey..he hasn't borrowed from 5 point someone..basically I think Krish in IIM is the same guy as Hari it IIT.The only thing is he sld have carried the name Hari
itself to avoid confusion :P

Abhinav said...

ab hum kaa batayein!
sab toh baat hochuki hai apni!

yeah I am not reading the expert comments!

soin said...

as a tam bram i wouldnt agree with half the things chetan says.. but swearing part i agree. anyways my bro got his tonsils removed surgerically.. nothing much.. you get to eat kgs of ice cream after it..free

Ashish said...

read it, read it.. loved it!

Karthik said...

After reading his last two disasters I'd decided not to read any of his books. But now after reading your wonderful review, I'm now tempted to read it. :P

I'll try 2 be truthful said...

1. oh god wo ullu ka pattha jisne bhi teri aviator churai hai , marega gadha .
and u will hopefully get it back

2. congrats about teh new phone. :)

3. I too had decided about not buying anymore bhagat books , but thanks to your review maybe i will (but exams ke baad)

4. sorry :( :( i didnt accept your friend request on orkut . u can give me whatever gali u want to but i have this stupid thing about adding only those jinko main personally dekha hai .
if its a consolation mads ko bhi add nahi kiya hai orkut me.
sorry.

Anurag said...

can't wait to get my hands on it..kitne kii aati hain book :P

aZoed said...

you actually went for aphone that doesn't support 3g? :P
I'd have wished for you to have it back had it been Aviator the bike ;)
I don't need to have a pic pf my 88 model Vespa... use jo uthayega agle din service kara k vapis de jayega!

Chetan bhagat sells 'coz off the countless Indians who want to include 'I like reading' in their list of hobbies... trust me, hi books are read by most people who haven't got the patience to read a real classic novel. of course he's an IIM alumni so he knows the pulse of anything that there is to know and does what sells best... like not selling any of his books for more than Rs. 99 apiece @ Anurag :P

Mads said...

yes yes truthful ji hasnt accepted my orkut request too..koi nahi...

and i loved the book. i agree with ur review completely..
chetan has this habit i think...of repeating the whole sleeping together before marriage..and the boy girl romance too seemed very predictable
which made it easier to relate to

being a tamil brahmin and being from a'bad i cud connect a lot, so me n my mom loved it totally..think its his best after 5 point someone

and huh, *pulls ur ears* u remembered priti and didnt remember me? im also a tamil brahmin

remember 24th nov akansha agrawal (asking u to remember ur birthday coz u forgot mine.)
and get well soon and best of luck with aviator >:D< :)
nice post btw :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Sugar Cube
:D Nah, Hari was a lot different... diffident kinda guy, Krish is totally different when it comes to attitude and all...

I also liked... All boys watch porn Had me grinning from ear to ear... :P

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Abhinav
Haan ji!Friends get to know everything sabse pehle... :D

Koi na... read and contribute after you've read the book... :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@soin
Swearing part meaning what...?

Tonsillitis... will hv to consult a few more docs I think... :-s

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Ashish
Me too :D Oh heck! I just wrote an entire post around it....

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Karthik
It's his best to date... honestly... do read it :D

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Amrita
1.Haan hope teri baat sach ho... :D

2. Thank you :D

3. Haan ji! It is actually good. Do give it a try!

4. Hehe... koi na! I had made exceptions for bloggers a lot later, so I understand... perfectly vaise next time I am in Delhi... dekh lena mujhko... bhoot nhi hoon :P ;)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Anurag
Go get it. 95/- ki :D

Akansha Agrawal said...

@aZoed
Yeah I did B-)

Ya, and now that you don't wish I won't get it back right? *snorts*

Hello, get down to earth, ok? To Kill a Mocking Bird is one book I find in the books I read list of every Tom,Dick and Harry and it is not by CB, it is by Harper Lee. I have read the book and it is a really good book, but not one that should be on every second person's reading list! It is true that CB writes in a simple lingo, but dude, since he's not writing a book for Booker or Pulitzer for a change, I like him... Indian authors who write about India are at an all time low, and esp those who write about India as we know it... and I mean an entertainer...

I haven't yet understood head or tail of Midnight's Children abhi tak. God knows why he wrote it, and he alone knows why he got a Booker for it, prob coz it went saare committee members ke sar ke upar se!!!

Try picking up that book and reading it... We'll see if you don't come back to CB after 15 pages... *snorts*

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Mads
Ahem... aadha jawaab gtalk par milega ;)

ya, was kinda predictable vaise toh... :D

Haan meri maa.. I will NEVER forget ur bday ever again... *kaan pakde maine*

Priti R said...

was the tam brahm you were reminded of, me?
a lot of people told me this.

I'll try 2 be truthful said...

i don't live in delhi ( aisa kyu socha tune? ) :O

Thousif Raza said...

so sad that it has happened akansha really, but i just hope that you get it back, abt the book i dint read cause i gotta read it for myself,

still gotta c u at my blog

take care and keep writing..........

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Amrita
Err... Pata nahi kyun laga mujhe *scratches her head*

Kolkata, is it?

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Priti
Yup, I told you no? ;)

aZoed said...

@ Just for the record I read Midnight's Children some 4years back.. that was after I had read 5 point someone... I never read CB again.. not that I hold anything against CB.. I like his writing for what it is.. but I read for something out of the ordinary.. honestly there are about 1000 if not more CBs amongst us bloggers... :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@aZoed
OK, I get the point, there's a CB inside each of us bloggers... :)

But you still have to explain Midnight's Children to me... :-w

IcE MaiDeN said...

Helloji! :P

ROFL @ photo khicho apne vehicles ki!!!! how can u NOT know the number... *shakes head in amusement*

i DONT agree with the rave review. I think Chetan Bhagat is very veryyy painfully predictable. Its the same story always. the characters are all the same and this one was like continuation of 5point someone. As an engineer I connected most with 5point, the rest have been ok-ok for me. 2states was hilarious in some places but went dull in some. All in all 50-50 rating.

But Chetan Bhagat himself on the other hand is a pleasant personality so really like the way he is always so passionate abt both his alma maters. :)

and badhai ho on the new cell!! :P :D

Cheers,
Annie.

Amrita~Ams said...

ok boss...
photo khichvane ja rahi hoon mai aaj abhi he... scooty ki :P..

btw..meri scooty koi nahi leja satka...servicing karke wapas kardega..or accha chor nikla..toh paise bhi de dega mujko thode..:P:P...

had read the book...good one...

I'll try 2 be truthful said...

haan re (but i dont like " ami khana khaiga")

kish said...

I'm sorry about the irrelevance of this comment, but is there something wrong with the 23 something site? Under construction?

Tushar Mangl said...

smilies here?
nice nice.
and the book was ok. Better than the last one.

Arjun said...

haha... Thanks for writing this actually... It makes me read this one right away.. :)

and yeah.. Thanks once again.. Learnt two words frm ur blog today... ooops.. wats it?? wait.... yeah.. pedagogic and didactic.. :P

and yeah.. Gift me this phone when u buy a new one.... Buy a new one very soon.. :)

Cheers..!!
Arjun

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satya_eee1 said...

I guess Chetan Bhagat is finally writing a good one again, after the 3 mistakes of my life..

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Ice Maiden
Welcome hai ji...

hehe... :D I am dead scared of driving two wheelers and Aviator toh I don't even touch... heavier than even Activa :|

Yeah story toh is predictable... but these punches... really lifted it in places... :D

Thank you... thank you... m making good use of it! ;)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Amrita~AMS
Hehe... achha toh woh tu thi.. jisne hamari Indore waali scooty le li thi... :P

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Amrita(truthful)
Don't worry, we'll stick to mishti and roshogullah only ;)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Kish
Well, I really don't have an idea coz I have been inactive on it myself. You can contact Shridhar if you like... chshridharrao@gmail.com

And it is ok... :) But you can mail me as well...

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Tushar
Yeah, I'm kinda addicted now... :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Arjun
You're welcome... :)

My months and months of pocket money went into it... you'll have to raise that first! :P

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Anon
Thank you... though you can choose to be non anon... :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@satya_eee1
yeah... i like it better than 3 mistakes... :D

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Mahesh Sindbandge said...

I wont read this book anyways cuz that bad impression of chetan bhagat has already gone over the limits :) No offense Please and review proves it that its a story of his marriage..so big no no for it. :)

See you around ji :)

Jaunty anima said...

Well...I still haven't read the book...bt nw will try to get hands on it...
u have a nice blog...:)

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pRiYaN...! said...

hey i have read chetan bhagat's 3 mistakes in my life and still didnt read 2 states ..... nice post with apt pictures....


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