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Never Mind Yaar by K Mathur: Communal Issues And Mumbai

Years back we had an interesting management training. The theme was ‘how does it matter’. Never Mind Yaar by K.Mathur is almost on the same lines. In fact, this is a good debut attempt in the fiction genre. Mathur has taken four youth in a college environment to project in her plot.

Lead characters in Never Mind Yaar are Binaifer Desai, Louella D’Costa, and Shalini Dayal. All are the new entrants to the first year in Mumbai’s prestigious and one of the oldest college. The name of the college is Gyan Shakti College. Binnaifer and Louella get surprised and happy to see each other in the college on its opening day. Because both had done their studies in the same school. Both of them had a small interaction with one of the most beautiful entrant in the same class – Shalini. The fourth main character in Never Mind Yaar is Bhagu. He is a student activist. In fact, he falls in for Shalini having love at first sight.

Never Mind Yaar by K Mathur: Communal Issues And Mumbai

The story of Never Mind Yaar is about Mumbai. The city has a big heart to absorb different cultures. And it does within its heart with same love and warmth. Shalini belongs to a Hindu family, Louella is from a Christian family and Binnaifer belongs to a Parsi family. Having so many cultures in Mumbai is a drawback too. As it becomes culture and religion sensitive. Thereby giving space to conservatives and modern both together. As far as good part is concerned, the reader gets an insight of various cultures. Like, Hindu, Parsis, and Christians in this case.

Never Mind Yaar by K Mathur – Book Review

This 214 pages novel is about the friendship of three girls and love in between Shalini and Bhagu. Bhagu is a student activist who is very clear in his mind about the current situation of the country. He knows how youth can play a positive role in handling this situation and holding them becoming worse.

If you are able to cross the initial hurdle of 40-50 pages then it is good. Because these are very slow and less constructive. In fact, you will start liking the story as it gradually moves on further. Bhagu falling in love with Shalini is an interesting part.  Shalini belongs to an economically high stature family. She faces a real life hurdle with a constraint of her father’s family not accepting this relationship. Shalini’s grandmother Mem is a good entry in the story. The later part of  Never Mind Yaar becomes more interesting. In fact, you would like to check the end of this story. Author has tried to touch economical differences and political & communal scenario that has a large impact on the personal life of each individual of out country.

Never Mind Yaar by K Mathur – Book Review

There are many shortfalls in this book. As far as cover ofNever Mind Yaar is concerned, it is very basic. Rather it is quite simple and comical. Overall, not too impressive and eye catching.  Another drawback of this book is the too small font size. In fact, it becomes painful to eyes. Also, it becomes a major factor to mar interest of the reader. The third drawback is the style of writing of K. Mathur. It is not at all connecting to its readers and gives an impression that it is a textbook. The content looks to elaborative and extrapolated. In fact, it clearly seems the constraint writer had in mind. At times, it seems to overcome the minimum words limit to complete a novel. That makes it a very slow read. And probably becomes a burden for the reader to carry on with boring parts of the story.

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