Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Southbac Publishers Limited (22 October 2010)
Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20 x 12.5 cm
This book is written in 90’s time frame, when there were series of blast and communal riots in Mumbai.The book is more about diversity. It talks about culture, religion, politics. Three girls, from different cultural background come together to study in Gyaan Sakthi college, Mumbai. The main Characters are Shalini, Bhagu,Binaifer and Louella.
Binaifer and louella are school friends, who come together to the college and meet the third girl Shalini Dyal. Shalini start liking her classmate Bhagu. other two girls try to unite them like another friends. should i call it as three idiots female version??
Bhagu fights against the canteen-wala who malpractices by mixing water to milk and compromises the food quality and quantity to make money. little does he know that canteen-wala is a goonda. he gets beaten up by them, and when he recovers, new heroism is born in him. ( like how Rajinikanth become rich in just a song) .
Meanwhile Shalini’s grandma Mem, a traditional controlling person, finds a perfect match for Shalini. Shalini tries to convince Bhagu to elope as her parents would never let her marry a jobless Student. Shalini moves back to Jaipur. Bhagu gets involved in a upcoming political party. later they get united in perfect Bollywood style.
I liked the way in which the story gradually shifts from the college fun , romance to communal riots to Bhagu getting involved in politics.
I found the book to be slow paced. Somewhere or the other, there is a connectivity problem with readers. I wishes the author had detailed more on what these people did in college other than spending time in canteen. thought their emotions, confusion which are depicted it lacked clarity. All in all, the book is mixed bag of emotions.
About the author:
Born and brought up in Mumbai, K. Mathur lives with her family in New Zealand.
Mathur showcases her unique perspective into her city’s psyche in Never Mind Yaar.
“I’ve always enjoyed my city except when violence has erupted between communities. On the whole people seem to get along fine. We are proud of our own community but accept that others are proud of theirs. The food we eat, the clothes we wear and the languages and dialects we converse in are diverse and most of us say vive la difference. But there’s a handful in every community who are extremely suspicious of those differences.”
“Why is secularism or a different way of doing things such a threat to these people? This issue has disturbed me since the 1980s when I witnessed communal riots in Mumbai. I felt compelled to talk about it in Never Mind Yaar. But first and foremost, the book is a love story and a story of friendship and fun between three young girls from different backgrounds – Hindu, Parsi and Christian – who meet at college.”