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Review: Two Fates - The Story Of My Divorce

Chennai girl Judy Balan was an avid blogger till she stumbled upon the parody of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and decided to turn author with her own.

books Updated: Jan 14, 2012 07:43 IST

Chennai girl Judy Balan was an avid blogger till she stumbled upon the parody of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and decided to turn author with her own. Her chosen book? Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States - The Story Of My Marriage. The 30-year-old, who has written Two Fates - The Story Of My Divorce, published by Westland, says, “When I Googled the writer of the parody (of Eat, Pray, Love), I  thought, ‘Wow, this guy just rips off a best-selling plot, writes the inverse of it and manages to sell movie rights!’ So I wrote a blog saying how cool it would be if I wrote the parody of 2 States. This is because I happened to be reading it at the time, and I happened to be divorced.”

She says that her book is a parody of 2 States “but only in the broadest sense of the word”. “The story begins where the Happily Ever After ends so the book begins with this bickering couple hell-bent on a divorce — except, this is kind of challenging to accomplish because by now, their families have fallen in love with each other.”

What does she think of Chetan Bhagat? “Can I just say - I don’t think of Chetan Bhagat? I’m not the Anti-Bhagat and I wrote the parody for my amusement. I didn’t know it’d actually get published!”