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Apr 25, 2013

Author Chetan Bhagat & Wife Anusha Bhagat Love Story

Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. Chetan Bhagat is the author of bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), and What Young India Wants (2012). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and three have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit film 3 Idiots). Chetan Bhagat, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author. Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Chetan Bhagat got married to Anusha in 1998, an ex-classmate from IIMA. Chetan Bhagat quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Anusha Bhagat and his twin boys Shyam Bhagat & Ishaan Bhagat.

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

AUTHOR CHETAN BHAGAT & WIFE ANUSHA BHAGAT LOVE STORY

On the campus of Ahmedabad’s Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Punjabi boy Chetan Bhagat fell in love with Tamilian girl Anusha. But unlike a typical ‘Western’ love story, theirs wasn’t a simple three-step process of boy-loves-girl, girl-loves-boy, and they-got-married.

Instead, they had to survive the multi-step obstacle course of an ‘Indian love marriage’. The invite to the launch function of his potboiler, 2 States: The Story Of My Marriage, enumerates all the steps: “Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Girl’s family has to love boy. Boy’s family has to love girl. Girl’s family has to love boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family. Girl and boy still love each other. They get married.” And adds Chetan Bhagat, on the back flap, “Yes, if you live through all these steps, then you too can have a love marriage. Like I did.”

AUTHOR CHETAN BHAGAT WIFE ANUSHA BHAGAT

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat & Sons Shyam Bhagat & Ishaan Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat & Son

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat


Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat & Sons Shyam Bhagat & Ishaan Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Author Chetan Bhagat with Wife Anusha Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States — is a cunning combination of wish-fulfillment fantasy and matrimonial voyeurism. Much as he protests that this is purely a work of fiction, he doesn’t mind holding out the promise of a peep into the travails he and his girlfriend underwent, trying to ‘convince’ their respective families, before they became man and wife. The “Like I did” is a friendly, encouraging wink at India’s mass of lovelorn youngsters confronted with a choice between parental wrath (in smaller towns, much more than wrath) and broken heart.

Recalling his own experience, Chetan Bhagat says, “For my parents, the number one sticking point was that she is South Indian.” As a ‘South Indian’ myself, I can’t help but gag at this all-too-familiar clumping of four states into one. “Did they have a problem with her being a South Indian or with her being a Tamilian?” I ask. “They didn’t care. For them, it was all the same. Madrasi hai to sab same hai.” And the hostility was duly reciprocated by his wife’s family. “From her side also, the biggest reservation was that I was not a Brahmin and I was not a Tamilian.”

Chetan Bhagat laughs as he remembers how both their families felt their child had been ‘trapped’ by the other. “We were the quintessential, over-achieving middle-class kids. Both of us went to IIM, held lucrative jobs. Our parents should’ve been okay with whatever we did because we had done a lot of things right! Instead it made them feel worse — they felt that because their child has done so well, he/she deserved someone ‘good’ from their own community. In my case, my family had the additional chip of being the boy’s side. And a very well-qualified boy, too, who had a great market — it’s rare to find a Punjabi boy who’s IIT-IIM.”

Considering that they were both financially independent, couldn’t they have easily gone ahead and married against their families’ wishes? “We could have,” admits Chetan Bhagat. “But we didn’t want to shove the decision down their throats. It’s easy to fight but very hard to convince.”

And his novel, too, he adds, is about winning people over. And overcoming prejudices. Thanks to his marriage to a Tamilian, Chetan Bhagat was forced to confront his own preconceptions about ‘South Indians’ and accept cultural differences. His biggest ‘problem’ was that he found Tamil Brahmins to be “puritanical and closed.” Closed to what? “Closed to emotions, unlike Punjabis, who like to express themselves, and do so boisterously.” He illustrates his claim with an example.

“Tamilians will discuss the nuclear non-proliferation treaty within the family. But they won’t openly express their feelings for each other. Even dancing among Punjabis is for fun. But for Tamils, it’s Bharatnatyam, which is serious business. You don’t laugh when you’re doing it. I used to find all this strange, but now I’ve accepted that this is just the way they are.”

Given that his novel 2 States is autobiographical, did his wife have any reservations about his portrayal of ‘her family’ or ‘invasion of privacy’ issues? “Yes, she did make a few cuts,” admits Chetan Bhagat. . “At places I got a bit too romantic, and she told me, ‘I go to office, I work in a bank, and even though you say it is fiction, people are going to guess.’ Also, when making fun of stereotypes, I went over-board; she made me tone it down.” Like for example? “For example, when Krish [the boy character] lands at Chennai airport, he finds that everyone is dark, compared to Delhi airport. I didn’t think it was offensive, it’s just an observation: some people are dark, some people are fairer. But apparently, it’s not good to say that some people are dark.”

Chetan Bhagat’s wife Anusha admits that she did have certain reservations. “On his portrayal of the girl’s family, and of the Tamil community, I told him, you have to be more sensitive here.” She also played the censor on the privacy front.

“I gave him feedback about certain things I was not comfortable with,” she says, and adds quickly, half in panic, “Please understand, the plot is fictionalised, this is not about my marriage.” And she takes pains to explain she doesn’t want people to assume that the events in the book actually happened in their lives. “The real takeaway for me, from my own experience of an inter-state marriage, is that it’s all about people going for the qualities that they have, and not about other things we have no control over — such as our community of birth.”

Yet when a family does oppose a marriage, more than individual reservations, the core issue is often the question of what ‘society’, or the extended family of relatives will say.

“Even when they realise that the boy or girl is good, their fear of social censure is greater,” observes Chetan Bhagat. But he believes, true to his chosen vocation of dream-peddler (Chetan Bhagat is now full-time into screenplay writing) that true love will conquer all. “I hope my novel will inspire more and more inter-state marriages. It’s the best strategy for national integration.”


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33 comments:

  1. amazing couple God Bless you guys

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  2. Love you chetan sir. I am also from the same school as of APSDK. I just have the passion of writing sir. Want to become like you someday.

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  3. i dont like to read the books,but due to insisting my friend i read it. it is the first book which is read by me in my life. i like ANANYA (<^>)

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  4. Love you chetan sir. I love to read your books since i saw one person reading the book revelution 2020 i buyed that book n read it was awesome n later i read ur story that's 2 states awesome story i love it i would love to meet ull to i want to hug ull both couple wish my partner do same as krish did... simple word i want to be like ananya n my partner should love me like krish <3

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  5. just read two states, it is one of the best love story i have ever read.the way you explain the situations and the emotions of character is great. and satires and comments keeps the reader laughing and smiling.

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  6. I imagined that ananya will be very beautiful... But she didn't satisfy my expectations... Very poor.. We have still very beautiful girls in our college...!!!! :P

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    1. beauty lies in the beholders eyes!!

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    2. YEah right, everything especially her NOSE ! :O

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  7. please define beauty in your terms. Mr/Mrs Anonymous

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  8. love u chetan sir, really i love you and you sweet love story

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  9. What is need of beauty..... A girl loving u and u loving her...... What's anyone want more...
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    an Delhi university gold medalist... An IIM almnus......... The two thing is not the standard of beauty of girl..

    only the fairness? It's wrong... Can u see such a girl around u as anusha is? I think no........ Then it clears that she is one in millions.

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  10. I do believe that one day your book can change whole nation.

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  11. A awesome story .. krish did .. very well ... i like so much .. this is the first novel i read .. generally i hate reading .. but after reading this i will read all of your book sir .. indian should have to pride .. we have a talent like you ...

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  12. we are proud that india got two jewels like u hats off to u both lots of love to u sir

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  13. Beauty, Sundar is when your husband divorces you and then years later dies and you still love him....that's Beauty...I am N Sundara Siva's only daughter UMA that was married to Anusha's maternal uncle Dr G Karthikeyan who died there after attending their wedding. We were all in several states in USA....and I want more details on what happened....I love Chetan's books and find it straight from the heart without deception and real. Young and old, aplaud you. My sincerest best wishes to both of you. I am very proud of your humble and real life aproach to modern technocratic India. I am Uma mami or simply Uma Karthikeyan. I am alive and can fill some gaps in the eternal puzzle of Sundari Srinivasan's atrocities.

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    1. sad you have to contact a relative on a public forum. hope Chetan & Anusha got in touch with you.

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  14. the 2 states real life story was really awesome............. i liked it very much.....god bless u to have all the happiness rest within you

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  15. still the day before i started reading your book, i don't have the habit of reading books and hate it...... one of my friend suggested this book to read......at first i hesitated..... after that, out of my own interest i started reading........... and finally i had to surely say u one thing....... this book is really really awesome.... i say it whole heartedly

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  17. It's really great and touchy love story i have ever read.....the emotions you created in this story is amazing. And love between your characters ANANYA and KRISH are boundless. Thank you so much for giving us such a great and inspirational love story.

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  18. Realy Your life is full of events

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  19. you are too good chetan ji,..............................

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  20. Thank you sir.. for revolution 2020, its awesome,, it inspired me a lot, to do wat i really want to do in my life

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  21. Thank you sir , i read your novel i like it very much

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  22. Hi Chetan Sir...watched 2 States ...it is amazing ..me too a management graduate..with similar story....but my story never come to an end..good to see people who loved each other and spending life together

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  23. Hi Chetan Sir...watched 2 States ...it is amazing movie ....

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  24. Dear sir,
    This is shakti from Pondicheryy, An Engineer, I have read your books from 5 point some to R2020. i felt best on 5 point, better on One night,3 Mistakes and 2 states, good on R2020. i am feeling that your creativity is getting descended. I like your way of story narration, but, the recent book which i read R2020 hadn't satisfied me as 5 point did. i think, you are also changing or forced to change the flow of your story such as a poor boy builds an eng college with the help of ur suklaji. its not at all in believable flow and characterisation of Aarti also not geniune. what happened to you sir, so comercialised like a film, i am getting ready to read ur next one,
    we will discuss later.,,,I can share my number now, 09032650295

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  25. I strongly believe that you have really given another boost to Indian films extricating them off the beaten track but a definite veering: now comparable to international weighty stuff. Worth bragging of!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. awesome........................chethan u relly rite awesome....................i hope i can b as adventourous and brainy like u............luv u....

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  27. The movie 2 states is great....Remembered our marriage time...it seemed like a replay of ours.

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