2 States by Chetan Bhagat - Book Review
Chetan Bhagat is a very popular novelist. There is or should be no doubts about this fact which we all acknowledge. Moreover, Bhagat's popularity depends largely on his art of creating literary works that appeal to the youths in a way that no author before him was able to do. Chetan Bhagat's novels are mainly for young readers. His themes are suitable for them more than any other age group of readers. Today, I will be sharing my views about his popular novel 2 States which he proposes as the story of his marriage.
Like all other novels by Mr Chetan Bhagat, this is also a novel primarily based on a boy's and girl's love. It begins on the campuses and goes on to the triumph of marriage. However, the novelist suggests at the very beginning that love marriages in India are something that becomes very difficult. Ironically, this novel just shows one happening, though after difficulties, no doubt. Chetan is right in his opinion. Despite so much love between a man and a woman, it is the society that has to agree to allow love marriage to happen and run smoothly. Is it fair?
Well, I am not here to comment upon the content of the book in depth. I would rather take the abstract ideas out of the novel 2 States and try to bring my opinions forward. Chetan Bhagat's writing style is very simple. He does not do something that can be called elite class, elitist or cocktail circuit fancy - save the environment, save trees, save Morichjhappi, save oceans and so on... to be frank, and candid as a reader, a young reader, I don't find any other novelists as appealing to the youths as Mr Bhagat is - you can find the obvious reasons. Many other novelists who might have won awards and respect, could not win the trust of young readers - why? Because all they care about in their novels is critical opinions rather than popular opinions and that's the reason we find Durjoy Dutta well famous and Jeet Thayil sleeping in the oblivion...
2 States is a serious novel that has been presented lightly, with humour and light satire and romance to the readers because it conveys the message and, at the same time, does not let the readers' attention divert from the content as well. So, where it's due, we have to give it to Chetan! He is an artist who knows how to sell his art and how to convey his messages in his art as well. All the best to the readers who will read this novel. You can get a copy from Amazon India below:
review by Ashish for Book Reviews Web