I have finally managed to get some time off from my crazy schedule and I am going to review a long overdue book. Let’s have a look at the summary of And We Remained by Junaid Ali
About the book:
This is a story that was meant to be told. Also, the story is not short and had to be narrated in a different way. Here is the story of the lives of five friends who started off as engineering students.
And We Remained is a gripping story with a unique narration style. It is a 51,000 word novel, and the story is set in the 1990’s when India was going through major socio-economic changes.The story is about the lives of five engineering students who have been friends for a long time – Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David. It also speaks of the women in their lives, especially Wardha. The story is intertwined and is told by each of the friends from a first person perspective of the given event. The events that had taken place during their college years are a contrast to the lives that each of them live in their later lives. Even after years, they have kept in touch and narrated their experiences in life both in India and abroad through e-mails. This is an amusing story of their individual journeys through college, love, heartbreak, prison, politics, alcohol, strip clubs, US and Europe.
And we Remained is a story about five friends, Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David and a beautiful girl Wardha who goes on to become an important part of their lives. It is set in ECVU, Bangalore, which is an engineering college. Now, I know what is the first thing that may have come to your mind. This is yet another book on engineering college escapades with a bit of romance thrown in. But you are wrong! This book definitely has romance, but not in the traditional sense of the word. It definitely has engineering college escapades but again it is very different from the done to death stories.
The first thing that you need to know is that the book has been written in a very interesting format. The story is told through a series of emails exchanged between college friends discussing their current lives and their own memories of what happened in the past. It was a great experience reading a story in such a different format. However, a word of warning. You might want to carefully remember all the characters names and their characteristics or you may just lose yourself in the middle of an email wondering who is who. I did that mistake and I had to go back to the previous chapters to recollect the incidents.
Keeping the format aside, the story has been well thought out and it is written beautifully. That being said, there are a few incidents, which seemed to be a little unrealistic to me.
The book does have a happy ending and Wardha definitely ends up with one of the guys. But who is the lucky one? You will have to read the book to find out.
Do pick up the book to reminiscence a little about the 90’s, a decade where the internet was a novelty and smartphones did not exist. J