2 States – A light hearted take on intercommunity marriages

Novel Title : 2 States
Author : Chetan Bhagat
Year of publication : 2009
Genre : Romance

Poster of the movie - 2 States
Poster of the movie – 2 States

“Destiny connects people, feelings bring them together. If two people are destined to stay together, they will definitely meet no matter how far their worlds may be.” – Quote

There is a old saying that marriages are made in heaven. If soulmates are destined to be together even before they are born on earth then why the hell parents have so much problems on inter-case marriage. If William Shakespeare had read ‘2 states’ during his time then romeo and juliet’s climax would have been happy.

Phase 1 of intercommunity marriage : Falling in love
My world changed the moment when I saw my sweetheart ‘Ananya’ in IIM Ahmedabad. She was a tamil brahmin and I belonged to a punjabi community. Though we became fast friends, I had no interest in being her friend. (Honestly how can I resist my hormonal feelings with a girl who is perfect in every sense – her long straight hair, strawberry lips etc…  ) Though I was helping her in economics ( some economical theories called ‘utility curve) Seriously I was only interested in her curves  When you are in love, the greatest battle starts between your heart and mind because heart takes time to accept what mind already knows. So it was the time to ignore her and stay far away from her as much as I can.

“Pretty girls behave best when you ignore them. But they must know that you are ignoring them” otherwise they will never know that you ever existed”

My ignorance formula worked to woo ananya. We realized love for each other. We were committed. We were qualified. We were financially independent. Is it happy ending like a bollywood hindi movie?

2 stts

Phase 2 of intercommunity marriage – Now the really tough phase comes to convince your parents that you love your soulmate. Here is where the biggest challenge comes. When it comes to emotionally blackmailing their kids, mummies are always the best. They pretend to fall sick, pressurising you to change your decision. So it is up to us to either run away with our soulmate or quietly marry the kudi of our parents’ choice. For my mummy, ‘ananya’ was ‘anyay’ (an injustice) on her. Winning your love may be easy, but winning the love of your soulmate’s parents is totally a tough game. 99% of inter-caste love are always opposed by parents and my love story was not different from it. So how and I ananya succeed in winning the trust of our in-laws is best to be read in the novel – 2 states. If you have falled in love and about to fall in love, make sure that you get the full biodata of your in-laws.

Statuory warning : Falling in love is injurious to health. To avoid any heartbreaks, please follow your mummy’s advice and opt for a happy arranged marriage.

Krish Malhotra