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 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 and new media?
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 binges, strip clubs, sexcapades, US and Europe during their journey into adulthood.
‘And We Remained’ is the story of how the friends remained, no matter what happened to them while in college. The story is heartwarming, nostalgic and sweet… one of the kind that will make you want to reconnect with your college buddies again and catch up on their life story.
This is another addition to the collection of books written by an engineering college alumnus. Yet, this one is so different from the others that I have read. Kudos to the author for being the one man army behind the book – writing, designing the cover, to even publishing it.
As the author mentions, it is most definitely written in a different manner from what I have seen so far. The language is simple, though the use of swear words is a bit too much, it is only normal for college boys to use expletives freely. The style of narration is different and refreshing. The only thing I wish is that the proofreading could have been better.
The story is of five friends Sahir, Sandeep, Anand, Gopal and David. The four years spent together in the engineering college witnessing heart breaks, bunking lectures, college elections all form the basis of their incredible life story. The title is an apt one for the story and the good thing about the story is that there has not been much masala added to make the story more interesting and bollywoodish.
About the Author
Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction.
Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to learn the nuances of and hone his story telling skills from authors Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan and Rimi Chatterjee.
Junaid writes whenever there is a compelling story inside him bursting to get out.
Junaid has been a resident of Bangalore most of his life except for brief stints in the US for higher education and work. He has seen Bangalore’s transformation from the sleepy town that it was, to an IT hub of today.
Junaid’s wife is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Their toddler completes their home while keeping them on their toes.
This book was given to me by TheBookClub for an honest feedback.