Oct 2, 2013

Never Mind Yar! - Book Review

 This book review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda

As the book says "The title is an attitude - our tendency to feel defeated by the scale and nature of certain problems. Rather than meet them head on, we circumvent them with a sigh and a consoling “never mind, yaar”.

When long time friends Binaifer Desai and Louella D’Costa meet Shalini Dayal at Gyan Shakti College, a true friendship that transcends cultural and religious backgrounds is born. Louella is a Christian, Binaifer, a Parsi and Shalini, a Hindu.

The novel’s main plotline surrounds Shalini who has fallen for an impetuous student activist, Bhagu. Where does his desire to help the less fortunate lead him? The challenges are many - Shalini’s tradition bound family, the couple’s youth and inexperience and the travails of life in Mumbai, a city the girls love but know, is fraught with communal tension."

The story is based in Mumbai and it reflects the "chalta- hai"  attitude that we all have. The story begins with two girls from different backgrounds and different religions meeting up in college and how one thing leads to another and their lives change forever. Interestingly the Mumbai blasts and the riots are woven into the plot too.  The things that i liked about the book are how the  problems, the dilemnas that people face in Mumbai are expressed.Its really impressive the way the writer has chalked out the protagonists of her story.
Pros :You  may like this book, if you are bored of the typical love sagas that the new writers are churning up.This is something different and would grasp attention of those who love variety. I liked this book because it's about Mumbai- my city. The writer has portrayed Mumbai's spirit  even when it burned to ashes during blasts as also the brighter side of the city that never sleeps.

Cons: Lot of punctuation errors. The book is slow. You definitely need to put in a lot of effort to finish off the entire book.At certain parts, the story is confusing and loses the plot. There is a lack of clarity in the story too at certain areas. The story fails to draw your attention and keep you hooked to the book.

The cover of the book is bland and isn't attractive at all. The cover could have been much better and creative
Price - 350bucks
Ratings : 2/5 ( You can give this book a miss)
Still if you wish to against my reviews and give it a try you can find this book at pothi.com. Amazon India, Flipkart,Infibeam.

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