Indeed, there is a different dimension to Mumbai, which makes it so unique. Isn’t it?
Oh! Aren’t you aware of it? Never Mind Yaar… We have a book for you that talks about the city and the kinds of friendships. A perfect mixture of history, cultural information and a lovely story rolled into one.
We have 30 copies of ‘Never Mind Yaar’, up for review!
Overview of the book:
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.
Know the author: K. Mathur
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.”
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