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August 15, 2012

Book Review - 88 : Two Fates

Author: Judy Balan
Publisher: Westland Publications

Two fates follows the lives of Deepika Sundar, a Tamilian, and Rishabh Khanna, a Punjabi, who after a long courtship period gets married. Two years down the line, they are fed up of each other and looking for a divorce. Things turn interesting when their families are more bonded than they ever thought to be. It is one happy family and telling them about seperation plans is a tough nut to crack. What follows next is a mad scamper of dealing with in-laws, sorting out differences between the couple and finding that hidden love streak.

A parody on Chetan Bhagat's semi-autobiographical '2 States', the humour in the book is not the LOL-variety but enough to keep you engaged, and it helps that the author give you little time to dwell on that fact. The jokes come flying at you from all directions, and it's hard not to break into smiles when every family member participates in the silliness. Considering it is only around  200 odd pages long, it is a quick time-pass which flies but never soars.

The biggest flaw lie in its cardboard caricaturist characters, each of them straight out of those Indian soaps and none of them have even a single bone of genuine pathos. Each of them provides OTT moments and quite obviously, none of them seems to have common sense. In the spirit of parody writing, all this seems fine but when things start becoming unnecessary melodramatic and to state the most obvious, filmy, you know exactly how it will end.

There is another problem with the basic premise. The couple has a dating period of 5 years before marriage and 2 years after taking the vows. None of the qualities seems to have developed after the marriage time period, then why the sudden discontentment? In a way, that can be attributed towards boredom in marriage, but then the material and scope is too thin to delve this subject at any level of seriousness.

I am going with 3/5 for Judy Balan's 'Two Fates'. The writing is filled with tongue-in-cheek humour and there are great finishes to each chapter. But look deeply, and you will find the shallow sea waiting to be explored in terms of content.Don't read with too many expectations and probably you will not be disappointed.

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