22 September 2013

Book Review - Never Mind Yaar


  

Author : K Mathur
Publisher : Southpac Publishers Ltd.
Pages : 220
Source : Blogadda Book Review Program
Rating : 2.5/5




About the story (Taken from the blurb):

Never Mind Yaar, a debut novel by K. Mathur, is a compelling exploration of the challenges on the one hand and the comfort and reassurance on the other, of growing up in the cultural, political and bewildering mosaic that is Mumbai. 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 plot line 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.
This edition of Never Mind Yaar is for India where explanations of Indian words and phrases are redundant.

About the characters:

The book introduces you to a host of characters that lack in depth. I will only list a few significant ones here:

Shalini Dayal is a devoted daughter of the affluent Dayals whose life’s decisions are controlled by their dominating and traditional Indian grandmother, Mem.

Louella D’Costa and Binaifer Desai are Shalini’s friends at Gyan Shakti College. They conspire to play cupid for Shalini and Bhagu.

Bhagu, studying with the three girls at Gyan Shakti, is an impulsive activist and love interest of Shalini.

Chacha is the infamous canteen owner at Gyan Shakti.

There is also a Chauffeur for Shalini’s car whose duty is to drop her at and pick her from college.

Other characters are Dr. Naakwa – professor at Gyan Shakti, Shalini’s parents, Kusumji – Bhagu’s aunt, Chachi – the evil chacha’s wife.

My opinion of the book:

They say one should not judge a book by its cover. But they also say first impression is a lasting one. “Never Mind Yaar” is on the disappointing side when it comes to the look and print. A lack of justice with the cover design and also with the dull, tiny font is pretty evident.

When I started with the story, one aspect that totally pleased me was the narration of circumstances and locations. Mathur’s account is delightfully detailed and verbose. It builds a very clear picture in the eye of your mind as you read. An absolute beginner can find the vocabulary a little testing, but one can always have a dictionary as an aid.

Albeit all the wonderful description, the plot is very slow. Dialogues are droning and repetitive and make the characters seem younger than their age. It takes some efforts to persist beyond the first forty pages. Almost all the characters lack substance. Bhagu is an exception, though. He has come out really well. Also, worth commending is that piece of dialogue in the debate. Point well made by the author.

The story looks more like a light-hearted Bollywood college romance. However, the writing style makes it appear a little developed. I felt Mathur could have done more justice with Louella, Binaifer and the trio’s friendship. The college life could have been shown in a little more detail and momentous way. Also, in my opinion, Mathur lacked in justification of the title. Blurb says that the title is an attitude; however, it is not demonstrated in the plot in fair amounts.


Mathur has given a nice end to the plot that leaves you with a goody feel. It will give you an insight into the thought process of youth belonging to varied ethnic backgrounds. Overall, this teen literature is a very slow and average read.



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12 June 2013

Beautiful Eyes


“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious 
but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.” 

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


These words come from a set of inspiring eyes which unfortunately, I could not justify enough here. Eyes are my topic of interest and I can go about writing a couple of pages. But, 100 words is a challenge for sure!

04 June 2013

Book Review - Shoes of the Dead

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Author : Kota Neelima
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Publication Year : 2013
Pages : 288
Source : Blogadda Book Review Program
Rating : 4/5

About the story (Taken from the blurb) :

Crushed by successive crop failures and the burden of debt, Sudhakar Bhadra kills himself. The powerful district committee of Mityala routinely dismisses the suicide and refuses compensation to his widow. Gangiri, his brother, makes it his life’s mission to bring justice to the dead by influencing the committee to validate similar farmer suicides.

03 June 2013

My Personality Type Based On My Blog

ENTP - The Visionaries
The author of http://abloggyaffair.blogspot.in is of the type ENTP.

The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and good at anticipating trends. They often have sophisticated language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good analytical ability.

26 May 2013

Your Call



“It's hard being left behind. (...) It's hard to be the one who stays.” 
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife

These 100 hundred words describe the journey of a wait - a wait of years, a wait for one phone call!


13 May 2013

Dark Secrets

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”  
― Andre Malraux

There are secrets everywhere - in every lane, in every closet, behind those dazzling eyes and between those lovely smiles. Some secrets are kept by you and some are kept from you! This post is my 100 words on the darkest secrets.


07 May 2013

Book Review - Salvation of a Saint


Author : Keigo Higashino
Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Year : 2013
Pages : 384
Source : Blogadda Book Review Program
Rating : 4.2/5

When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced. Salvation of a Saint is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction’s most enigmatic sleuth.This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.



06 May 2013

Quiet Conversations

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it.
It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” 
― Chaim Potok, The Chosen

I believe the best conversations happen without words and without sound. One such emotion in this short poem, in 100 words.

03 May 2013

Book Review - Those Pricey Thakur Girls

Author: Anuja Chauhan
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Year: 2013
Pages: 400
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4/5

In a sprawling bungalow on New Delhi’s posh Hailey Road, Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta spend their days watching anxiously over their five beautiful (but troublesome) alphabetically named daughters.

Anjini, married but an incorrigible flirt; Binodini, very worried about her children’s hissa in the family property; Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding; Eshwari, who is just a little too popular at Modern School, Barakhamba Road; and the Judges favourite (though fathers shouldn’t have favourites): the quietly fiery Debjani, champion of all the stray animals on Hailey Road, who reads the English news on DD and clashes constantly with crusading journalist Dylan Singh Shekhawat, he of shining professional credentials but tarnished personal reputation, crushingly dismissive of her state-sponsored propaganda, but always seeking her out with half-sarcastic, half-intrigued dark eyes.

Spot-on funny and toe-curlingly sexy, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is rom-com specialist Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best.


08 April 2013

Book Review - My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers

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Author : Sonia Golani
Publisher : Westland
Publication Year : 2013
Pages : 240
Source : Personal Copy
Rating : 3/5

Rahul Akerkar has a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from the US but is better known as a celebrity chef and owner of Mumbai’s fine dining restaurant, Indigo. Manohar Parikkar went to the prestigious IIT, Bombay but makes headlines as the honorable Chief Minister of Goa. Harsha Bhogle is alum of IIM Ahmedabad but is a world renowned cricket commentator and Rashmi Uday Singh was once the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax but is widely known today as Indias famous food critic.

These and 14 other fascinating stories feature in this book, My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers, exploding every conventional myth about professional choices of a cross section of people. From a Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology who chose to be a musician: Rahul Ram of the Indian Ocean; an alumnus of IIM Calcutta with a successful corporate life who was inspired to write and became one of India’s bestselling authors with the Shiva Trilogy: Amish Tripathi; to a woman who gave up a highly paid and exciting life in advertising to work with an NGO: Ingrid Srinath. This book seeks to inspire every working individual from young professionals to senior level managers to opt out of the rat race, chase their dreams and pursue a profession of their choice for inner happiness, success and a long term career.