Blurb: And we remained was a story which needed to be told. The story though, wasnt a short one. How it had to be narrated had to be very different as well. And we remained is a 51,000 word novel, with an absorbing storyline and a unique narration style. In the 1990s, India is going through tremendous socio-economic changes. Set in this era, it is a coming of age story of five engineering friends – Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David-and the women in their lives, especially the beautiful Wardha. Their intertwined story is told by these friends through first person accounts of events in their engineering college contrasted in alternate chapters with their lives a few years later when they keep in touch, narrate events in their lives and share their experiences in India and abroad through emails. And we remained takes you on their entertaining journey through college, love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, US and Europe as they hang on to sanity and their identities in a fast changing society and a nation in flu
About 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 written several short stories and is currently editing his second book – which like his first one – has an absorbing story and is very different in narration style. 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.
Review: Sahir, Sandeep, Wardha, Gopal, David, Anand, Engineering, Sex, US, Philosophy, Ragging, Porn, Loafers, Electrical, Mechanical and Placements – caught my attention the moment the book was in my hand. The black and white of the cover and blurb on the front side was something which I had not come across yet. The author impressed me with the cover itself. I finished the book in 2days. I appreciate the author for not just writing this book but for even designing the cover and also publishing it. Narrating the story through emails is something which caught my fancy since I first read love virtually. In the current story the past was narrated from everyone’s point of view and the present through emails. I liked that friendship was described in a fun way. Effortless and simple humour was another big good feature of this story. The email conversations between Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David about Facebook to Bollywood in UK to India where sex is taboo, strip clubs of USA, fall of Twin Towers, Indian education system is something which generation of not just 1990’s but that of even today would like to be a part of. There is love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drinking and college life. ‘And We Remained’, for me remained as an enjoyable read about college friendship, which I am sure not just me but all of us can connect with. Through this book I could revive my own first day at college, fresher’s party, annual day, elections, college canteen, bunking classes, love affairs, heartbreaks, crushes, movies. I highly recommend this book to all.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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