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Chetan's book cover creates controversy

Trust Chetan Bhagat’s book to stir up a storm. The cover of his fourth book, 2 States, has been adopted by the Maharashtra State Government to promote financial assistance for inter-caste marriages but without informing the author. Neha Sharma reports.

entertainment Updated: Jul 29, 2010 01:35 IST
Neha Sharma

Trust Chetan Bhagat’s book to stir up a storm. Although the author has reason to feel proud — the cover of his fourth book, 2 States, has been adopted by the Maharashtra State Government to promote financial assistance for inter-caste marriages — there is one problem. Neither Chetan nor Rachna Rakyan, the 28-year-old Delhi-based designer who created the logo, were informed of the decision.

Chetan BhagatRakyan now feels she ought to be paid royalty. "I got a mail from Chetan in the morning and my first reaction was ‘I want to charge royalty for this.’ It would have been nice if they had called me and informed, because it is my copyright. I will speak to Chetan and we will see how we can take it forward and contact the government office," she says. Bhagat, too, feels he should’ve been informed.

“My wife spotted the logo on a bus and sent the picture to me. I’m happy that they chose the book, but they should have informed me. I would have happily supported it,” he said.

About the Book:
2 States: The Story of My Marriage is Chetan Bhagat's fourth book and is about a couple coming from two different states of India, who face hardships in convincing their parents and persuading them to get married. The novel is fictional, but is said to be inspired from the real story of Bhagat and his wife Anusha who are from Delhi and Tamil Nadu, respectively.