Friday, 11 July 2014

And We Remained by Asad Ali Junaid: A Review

Blurb: It is Bangalore in the late 1990’s. There are tremendous socio-economic and cultural transformations taking place as a result of liberalization. How would these changes impact the thinking of a group of friends in their late teens? How would they cope, find opportunities and what of their original identities would they be left with, after western ideologies are brought in and bombarded into their awareness by cable TV?
Told through emails and first person account of events, And We Remained is a light and entertaining read of these friends as they experience love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binger, strip clubs, sexcapades, US and Europe during their journey into adulthood.

Verdict: ‘And We Remained’ is a debut novel by designing professional Asad Ali Junaid. I loved the cover of the book because the cover says everything about the content of the book. Designed obviously by Asad Ali Junaid. This is what happens when a designer, design for himself.

The story is described in a different and unique way. At the very beginning it struck to me that the narrating style is a bit confusing but as the story goes on I find this style unique and innovative. This story is narrated in the voice of four friends. The author has very efficiently managed to keep the two side of the story going simultaneously, one is narrated by those four friends and one is by numerous numbers of emails with their dates, which helps the readers to keep the track of the time. This smooth and different narrating style will definitely catch readers’ attention.

The story unfolds around the late 1990’s when there is neither internet nor mobile phones. In the era of love letters Sahir (the main protagonist) and his friends Gopal and Sandeep falls for the new girl in the college, Wardha is how the story starts. On the other hand, the author keeps showing how these friends lives are moving on after completing Engineering through numerous mails. In the Engineering part, readers can enjoy the flavor of late 1990’s and the way of blooming love and friendship in that era and In the email part readers are going to see  what the conversation between teenagers and about their journey to the adulthood. Few scenes will leave readers laughing while at the end readers are going to cherish about the friendship described in the story.

This book is a light read. Readers may feel that the content could be much better and the end of the love story inside the book can be described in a better way. The ending is predictable as well. Overall this book is a nice and fresh read apart from this nominal flaws.

Final Words: Interesting story told in a different style. As a debut author Asad Ali Junaid has done a good job and hope he keeps growing in his future projects.

  Title: And We Remained
  Author: Asad Ali Junaid
  Publisher: Asad Ali Junaid
  Page Count: 270                                                                                                             My Rating: 3.75/5

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