About the story: Three girls, Binaifer Desai, Louella D’Costa
and Shalini Dayal forge a bond of friendship when they enter the gates of Gyan
Shakti college to obtain a degree. Although the three come from different
cultures and ethnic backgrounds their friendship only matures with each day
during their academic years.
Binny is a happy-go-lucky Parsi girl who
loves her community, and she believes her clan is as extinct as the species of
DoDo. Lou is a Christian and often plays
the role of cupid in her friend’s life. And Shalini, the beautiful, rich girl,
hailing from an affluent family in Jaipur, is a Hindu. Shalni is desperate to
ward off her grandmother, Mem’s, attempts to find her a groom. In order to buy herself some time before she
gets married off, she joins the degree course, but what she had not accounted
for, was falling in love with Bhagu.
Shalini is inexplicably attracted to the
intense and yet, the very friendly and approachable boy in her class, Bhagu. Shalini,
knowing very well that her Mem would never approve of a common boy like Bhagu,
tries her best to ignore the attraction that flares every now and then between
When her two best friends realize what’s
happening right under their nose, they plot together and scheme to get the two
love birds together.
Will Shalini and Bhagu finally end up
together? Will their love survive the brutal stance of the authoritarian grandmother?
You’ll have to read the book to find out J
Review: This is the second consecutive book that I
have read centered around Mumbai. While
the previous book, Back Seat, delved deep into the psyche of the city and tried
to peel off the layers to reveal the dark underbelly, Never Mind Yaar, barely scratches
the surface by trying to dissect and analyze the topic of secularism in Mumbai.
The city plays home to people of
diverse culture, religion and languages. But off late, the very virtue of
tolerance, that made Mumbai a potpourri of cultures, has rapidly vanished.
Riots and revolts caused by a few fanatic people have tried giving a bad name
to this beautiful city.
Apart from centering on Mumbai, the
plot also revolves around the friendship of the three girls, a fledgling
romance, typical life in an Indian joint family and the cheerful life of
youngsters in college.
The characters are very well depicted
and the story line is thankfully focused on the main protagonists without
digressing too much. There are also
small snippets of information about the different cultures, about Mumbai and
regional folktale that makes the book more interesting.
But what pleased me is that the author
didn’t extensively use vernacular words as books based on a particular city
often tend to contain. The ending of the book, though slightly implausible,
does bring a smile to the reader’s lips. And a book that ends in an ‘all’s well’
feeling definitely earns some brownie points, don’t you think?
Verdict: A light, breezy read that manages to strike a
chord with its readers through its warm and vibrant characters and an