When my Father-in-law(FIL) gave me this book, I was a little surprised. C’mon the book says – Two Fates: The story of my divorce! But, I guess it just shows how cool a FIL he is to have given me this book, not only to read but also to review. 😀 So here it goes.
Though the story sounds similar to Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States, and claims to pick up from post their marriage, I don’t think you need to have read it before reading Two Fates.
Rishabh(a Punjabi) & Deepika (a Tamilian) are married for two years, after a few years of courtship. But then love seems to be lost after all those years and they just tend to get on each other’s nerves. This leads to a mutual decision: divorce.
In Indian families, as they believe marriage is a union of two families and not two individuals, it is no different in the case of a divorce. And so Rishabh & Deepika are not sure about how they are going to present it to their respective families. And as if all this wasn’t too much to handle, their families decide to visit them and camp in their house, whether they like it or not. Rishabh’s mom thinks she gets to decide when the two need to have a child – and it is NOW! 😮 Deepika is forced to visit doctors to determine why she isn’t pregnant yet. And when the doctor suggests to leave it to the couple, both the mother and mother-in-law think the doctor may not be good enough.
They are threatened by Rishabh’s mother to go on a second honeymoon failing which she wouldn’t leave their home. The couple think its a good idea to get away from the chaos to come up with a plan for their divorce. But Rishabh’s cousin is going to make sure that it is a honeymoon and she is not going to leave any stone unturned – from decorating the room, to gifting Deepika kinky stuff or even accompanying them on their little trips, with her husband. Rishabh & Deepika are always on the run, to find some alone time – making you wonder why exactly do they want the divorce.
So, why exactly are they divorcing? Because they do not agree on the same color for the wall and/or it was Deepika’s dream to become a writer but Rishabh’s sudden interest in the same angers her the most – and more similar things. The plan is ready – to divorce and then inform the parents – after all, it is their life.
Read the book to find out what happens to their divorce and what fate has in store for them, when they are informed about the marriage of their respective cousins to each other.
A light, humorous read and gets a 3.5/5. I think Judy Balan did a good job with her first book. 🙂