Book 192: 2 States by Chetan Bhagat


2 States by Chetan Bhagat

Finished reading on November 9th, 2015
Rating:for good intentions 7/10, for the execution 5/10

I read this book so I could finally watch the movie without thinking that I should have read the book first, now I can.
I feel though that maybe I’m a slightly wrong person to read this book – I know little about both South and North Indian culture. Anyway it was quite an odd, although fast read.

We have the main characters- Krish, a Punjabi from Delhi and a Tamil girl Ananya, who meet during their graduate studies, who after graduating want to get married. Knowing that their families would disapprove because first the marriage is supposed to be arrange and the boy and girl are not supposed to find a partner, but that’s rather something that the parents or matchmaker does, and also the problem of them being from two states.

As a general idea for the plot, I find it quite interesting, but how it was solved seems a bit strange to me, a little bit unbelievable, and everything was a bit too melodramatic.

There was one part that was very believable though – Krish’s depression, at every other time the focus is always on Krish and Ananya wanting to get married, convincing their parents, etc, so you don’t know the characters separately at all, sure you know where they work and who their parents are, but that rarely defines a person. The part where Krish is lying in bed awake not being able to get to sleep because of the thoughts in his head, seemed like a genuine moment. Can’t wait to see the movie to find out whether that’s in or not.

The book left me a bit confused – everything happens in a linear fashion – one success or failure after another, nothing happening at the same time.

I appreciate the idea and the cultural differences portrayed, but in the end it feels more like you’ve read an article in a magazine about a couple rather than a novel.

If you’ve read this book, what did you think of it?

Also you can find my thoughts on two other books by Chetan Bhagat here:

The 3 Mistakes of My Life

One Night @ the Call Center


Book 191: The Universe In Your Hand by Christophe Galfard


The Universe In Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond by Christophe Galfard

Finished reading on November 6th, 2015

Rating: 9/10

This is the strangest popular science book I’ve read.
It’s told in second person point of view throughout as if you’re the crazy person travelling through the Universe and through molecular structure as well.

It is very interesting and written in rather simple language, and you don’t need mathematics to get though this book. However a healthy dose of imagination is crucial.
It was enjoyable and showed some concepts in physics from a different angle in very cute terms to say the least – when you’ve got something in physics cuddling up like penguins for example.
I would highly recommend reading this book even if you’ve got several degrees in physics, as it is highly entertaining, but still scientifically accurate.

The book goes into detail in elementary particle physics, general and special relativity and quantum mechanics and also cosmology, but not into the mathematics. However  I doubt your physics teacher or professor would let you get away with explanations like the ones in the book .