Back Seat : A Mumbai Tale. Aditya Kripalani. From the pristine beauty of Ratnagiri, tucked away on the Konkan shoreline, to the sea of solitude amidst the clutter of Mumbai, Backseat traces the journey of Asawari alias Nikita in her quest to conquer pain and find life as an out of work bar dancer. Aditya weaves a strain of pathos in all his characters, revealing the diversity that unites to create the sweet mess' of Bombay. It is a world of turbulent passion and soul numbing loneliness of a desperate struggle to be free of the past as well as a rat trap of tomorrows" Pubali Chaudhuri- co writer of the film ROCK ON' "The plot keeps you glued while you still have the luxury of ambling through Bombay's streets and homes as you turn the pages.
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To ask other readers questions about Back Seat , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Back Seat. I picked up this book with a casual intent. The first couple of chapters introduced enough action to make me go ahead. The strength of the book lies in the vivid description of the life in Bombay from the perspectives of three different characters.
The time spent towards sketching the scenes of the city is commendable as it makes the story believable. Having said that, I felt that the plot wasn't something very new. There are a few chapters where the interactions between characters seem to have I picked up this book with a casual intent.
There are a few chapters where the interactions between characters seem to have been inspired by movies. However, the humane side of every character is highlighted thoroughly and this makes it a poignant piece. They are vulnerable and scared, yet full of dreams. Some chapters reveal that and even more. I was glad that the climax had an unexpected twist and the protagonist wasn't forced to go down an all familiar road for penance.
It evokes a few questions about the moral fiber of the character and makes you ponder even after finishing the book. This book made me realize that Indian authors have plenty to offer. Jul 06, Rishi Prakash rated it really liked it.
This book was bought on an impulse after reading few words like "serious and hard hitting" somewhere and how right it turned out to be!
I liked the way the entire story was taken forward and the way the characters were developed through it. The details everywhere was also something which catches your attention and starts making picture in your mind.. I won't be surprised if this is made into a motion picture soon!
Talking about details, there is this one situation when the female protagonist is a This book was bought on an impulse after reading few words like "serious and hard hitting" somewhere and how right it turned out to be! Talking about details, there is this one situation when the female protagonist is advising her best friend how to dress better and ways to control her better half and she is doing all this while preparing crab masala which almost makes you learn how it is prepared I was just taken aback at the suddent events in the end but still liked the book for sure.
We will definitely see many more books from Mr AK in coming years! View all 7 comments. Nov 14, Deepti rated it it was amazing. Loved the way each character is built, where each one is cocooned in their artificial reality, yet is yearning for the very basic emotion, need called Love. Their progression, their language, their style, and their geography that weaves into this magical place called Bombay keeps you glued to the story.
Back Seat is a tasteful concoction of emotion, drama, thrill, sex and violence…. View 2 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book starts off with promise of being a different take but somehow ends up like a Bollywood movie.
The story manages to depict the various aspects such as drugs, prostitution, business constitution, unexpected camaraderie, plight of the poor people in contrast with the rich, etc rather realistically — a huge plus in the otherwise not-so-intriguing plot.
There are loose ends and lots of masala but what fills this book with life is the description of the city of dreams -Mumbai.
Aditya Kriplan This book starts off with promise of being a different take but somehow ends up like a Bollywood movie. Aditya Kriplani has managed to capture the essence of Mumbai, wrap it up with rightly chosen words to describe it, and when he presents it to the reader, the essence is not lost one bit.
I thoroughly appreciate the author for having accomplished this seemingly impossible task of giving the readers a glimpse of what Mumbai truly is. Through the three characters, the writer spins a tale of romance, vengeance and manipulation. The plot is predictable - that Nikita is clinging onto a false image of a person she had loved — which takes away the major element of surprise that the writer seems to have in mind.
If the ending wasn't so abrupt, I might have ended up liking the book more. This book definitely stands out in the present day Indian literature where the market is flooded with mindless romance written by half-boiled writer beans. But, it also falls short of the oomph needed to term it as a very good read. In all, you can pick this book up for a casual read if you are exploring Indian literature or want to see the essence of Mumbai painted in words.
Update : Just found out that this book has a sequel. Maybe the qualms I had about the not-so-smooth ending of this book will change through it. Let's see. But till then, this review stands! Mar 15, Jasmin rated it it was amazing. It made for a read which was refreshingly different. Gripping and exhilarating, it went to the depths of human character and emotion.
The characters playing out their lives before our very eyes. The innocence, the excitement and even the silent suffering of each individual was put across beautifully by Aditya. The simple tone he chose for the book was fitting and the description elaborate. As for the characters, my favourite was Nikita who feels like someone I have known all my life. Someone whom I have a very strong connection with and whose story I will carry with me for the rest of my years.
Shashank is the little child inside of every one of us who only wants to be loved and accepted. These three protagonists seem like they actually exist out there, in real life, somewhere. The author has given them life, and how wonderfully vivid their journeys have been.
I have to add though, that the written English needs to be polished up a bit and a few punctuation and typos here and there. Looking forward to the sequel. Nov 13, Gautam Mehra rated it it was amazing. Back Seat is a journey..
Aditya Kriplani has used the simplest form of prose to transition the journey of individuals in a city that really has something new to offer everyday. Adi has almost mastered the art of story telling in this case, you can actually see a movie running Am a foodie and if I had to describe this piece of art..
A strong piece for bollywood.. Jul 19, Umesh Ranglani rated it it was amazing. Backseat is a novel which will take you on 3 journeys reaching the same destination. The 3 protaganists in the novel are vastly different and yet have a lot in common. Their angst, their dealing with the cards life has dealt to them, their struggle to overcome the obstacles, their interaction with each other will make you connect with them, feel for them, love them, hate them.
If you are from Mumbai, you will quickly be able to visualize the pages as they come to life with the words Aditya has Backseat is a novel which will take you on 3 journeys reaching the same destination. If you are from Mumbai, you will quickly be able to visualize the pages as they come to life with the words Aditya has used to describe it, if not, then you will be able to vicariously live in Mumbai through these characters.
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