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Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce
Text by Malvika Sah
Published: Volume 20, Issue 1, January, 2012

The book is a funny take on what happens when a couple decides to get divorced by mutual consent and remain simply as best friends in India. Writer Judy Balan tells us more...

Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce
Judy Balan

The book is a funny take on what happens when a couple decides to get divorced by mutual consent and remain simply as best friends in India. Writer Judy Balan tells us more...

On the transition from advertising to writing full time
I quit my ad job for personal reasons. I was in the middle of a divorce, the work timings were erratic, and my young daughter needed me around. Since I had a lot of time on my hands, I got back to writing for personal joy.

On the title being very similar to Chetan Bhagatís Two States: The story of my marriage
Well, Itís a parody and so the title is familiar. The parody however, is only a sub-plot and not the focus of the book. The book has its own characters and storyline. I happened to read Two States and thought that having been through a divorce, it would be interesting to present the other side of the story. Also, the book is more about India, aunties and uncles (I donít mean chronological age but a mentality.) Itís a fun take on India, Indianisms and our societyís crazy level of obsession with marital status and the stigma still attached to divorce.

On the inspiration for this book
Writing a book was not on the agenda at any point. I was pretty convinced that it wasnít something mortals could attempt, so unlike most authors, I didnít always know I was going to write books and Iíve not been writing stories since I was six. In fact, this is my first attempt at any kind of fiction and it happened by chance.

 

 

 

 

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