Being from Bangalore and having completed my studies from schools and colleges in Bangalore, I have a soft corner for Bangalore and Bangalore colleges. It was one of the reasons for having accepted to review Asad’s book “And We Remained”. Also, the cover page claimed the book to have an absorbing story told differently.

The story is about 5 friends – Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David and a beautiful girl, Wardha, who is an integral part of the story. The narration is in first person, in form of alternating chapters which is through emails. The story is their lives through college involving their love, heartbreaks, the transition to professional lives, the life in US and Europe. The story is set in 1990s which was the boom time in IT industry. It is about vices and virtues, transition from boyhood to manhood and the various emotions attached with it.

The writing is absorbing, the editing is crisp. I feel that since the whole narration is in form of emails, the scope for displaying writing skills is limited, but even with this limitation, Asad seems to have done a decent job.

Now coming to how I like the book: Well, I must say I remain a tad bit disappointed. The author attempts at telling a story differently through emails, but, the story has limitations. It is like a personal diary that the characters can identify with, in real life. But as a reader, I felt a little disconnected. Though I identify with the college life in Bangalore, the explicit boyishness that is displayed in the book was a turn off for me, since it occurred more frequently than required.

If I have to rate this book, I would give it 3 stars out of 5. A word about the author, Asad has been really patient and has taken criticism positively. When I told him that I was a tad bit disappointed with the book, he took it positively and did not attempt to modify my views about it, nor did he ask me to modify my review. Now that is the sign of a budding author who wants to do well. All the best Asad for your upcoming writing career.

Rating : 3 out of 5.


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