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We Indians love weddings and the whole idea of arrange marriage thing. From engagement ,The night calls, the courtship days, city darshan ,to and ( only) till the wedding day. The food, the feras , girls in indian wear, the band, the mandap and the godi. I love them; And I think everybody except the victim(the groom) loves it. Don’t we? Wedding undoubtedly is the biggest event in life of indian parents. They start saving from the day the son/daughter is born for there wedding , consciously or otherwise.
We also love romance. Not the kind which we see in public gardens, band stand, cinema halls and college campuses but more classy kind of which we do with-in ‘samajik maryada’. We are indians right? We don’t show it; or may be we are just to afraid of shivseniks.
Keeping those point in mind our all time fav. author(are you offended?) chetan bhagat is out with his next masala book. Where he mixes above two ingredients with tadaka of inter-cast marriage. You don’t have to have an IQ of 180 (like me) to guess that this gonna be a best seller. Even if Chetan writes a book called ‘200 days of constipation’ it will be a bestseller!!!
Chetan is like rakhi sawant of indian writer’s association. You can love him, You can hate him but You cant IGNORE him!!! What an original thought I must say.
Ok..OK.. I like chetan bhagat’s books . I loved the FPS , call center was a average book and 3 mistakes was bit better than 2nd one(lot of you will disagree but I think call center comes last in my list).Lets see where 2 States stand.
If you are a chetan bhagat fan you don’t need to think for a second (and you will not) to give this book a shot, If you are a basher this review will not help in any case. But if you are in between and loved FPS ( I assume all loved this one ) and thought the next two books were shallow and unrealistic; keep on reading.
Chetan’s books are predictable and this one is no exception in fact it gives out whole plot on its back cover. But I don’t mind reading predictable books I look for the execution part. We all have seen hera-feri endless time, we know it scene by scene, I even remember the dialogues but it doesn’t stop me from watching the same movie next time Because it’s the execution which matters.
As per the claim book is inspired by authors own love story and marriage. And we can see that in the book. The plot starts at India’s top b-school where krish and ananya meets and the love story begins. If you ask me the love story at IIM is the only boring part in the book, If you compare as whole. Author has taken inspiration from his own past books for the same. So it all sounds similar. The real fun begins when convince-the-parents part comes.
The author has taken liberty to lift a situation from DDLJ (Its bestseller too, isn’t?) where our sada punjabi munda is in in-laws den to win them over by giving tuition to his typical IIT-on-the-mind future brother-in-law to make presentation for a public bank business plan for future father-in-law. Its fun to read chetan’s take on south Indians. Similar situation for the girl to win the not-so-honky-dory parents of krish. And the plot goes on as suggested in synopsis of the book, no rocket science here.
Chetan has mastery at mixing emotions moments with funny one liners . Your eyes get wet at the right places. And its difficult to control the laughter for most of the read. I loved the scene when the guy proposes to the whole family, bit filmy but what a gesture. Few last pages are laugh riot. And look out when author compares punju’s and madrasi’s, too good. No wonder characters and situations are bit exaggerated, but what’s the fun if you don’t exaggerated a bit?
I liked this one more than the chetan’s last two releases. And it has more ROFL moments than FPS, trust me on that. Obviously you can’t expect FPS from him ever again. Now author has moved to full masala movie mode, No wonder all his books are turning into 70mm hindi movies. This one is the perfect potboiler too. I hope bollywood producers are taking notes.
The final verdict : its cheap (the price) and full on time pass. Chetan try to put across some serious thought as well but its get lost in between his one liners. I think book is filmy and too much fun. It’s better than any of the movies released this year. But if you think bollywood movies sucks or you use fork and spoon to eat sada dosa or you take all the stupid quizzes on facebook than you are no fun; buy ‘the white tiger’ you may like that one…:P
To say the least.. this books comes closest to FPS; and Undoubtedly pure fun ride .
Rating : 4/5 ( If you are chetan’s fan like me).
P.S. : Its the 1st book I bought for myself which is not pirated…yay!!