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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Book Review : ‘Asmara's Summer' by Andaleeb Wajid
I know a little bit of Bangalore. In fact,
it remains my favourite place after spending two years doing my masters there.
And of course, when I received this book, I was desperate to read it. And
Andaleeb Wajid scores again, this time with her latest, 'Asmara's Summer'.
This time she has taken us into Tannery Road, a whole new road for me, at least, considering I had never heard of it. For
Asmara too, considering she never liked it too much. But Asmara, who had never really
been there, ends up right in the middle of her grandparents’ home and their
ways in Tannery Road.
Asmara, who was supposed to go to Canada for
that summer, ends up dragging her feet to Tannery Road. She had managed to keep
it a secret from her friends, and she did not want to give it away. So, she
decided to be off social media for a full month. The jeans and tops wearing
Asmara is now compelled to wear salwar kameez by her sweet but kind of strict grandmother.
Grudgingly, she agrees.
As she begins to settle in, she ends up
meeting a girl in the neighbourhood, and her grandmother. The girl is sweet,
but her grandmother is another story, altogether. She is grouchy towards Asmara,
and keeps on saying mean stuff about her mother. Asmara wants to figure out
why. She also ends up noticing a young man, who is busy working out. The engineering
student ends up showing her a new life and the locality, which she thought
she could never even like.
Asmara goes around the road, and ends up clicking
enough snaps, and putting them up on Instagram, with a whole new fake name. She
also ends up shopping for loud and blingy
stuff at Baithul Maal. She also discovers her friend, the sweet girl, Rukhsana’s talent for stitching
and embroidery.Mixed with the with the social and economic issues that, end up
rubbing the right way in spite of the economic differences, and lessons in
In between her grandmother’s biryani and
firni, the poor little rich girl, ends up finding out a lot more about her own
mother and even herself. She discovers love for her curious old grandmother, an
affection mixed with sympathy for her new friend, a crush for the hunky looking
boy, who ends up being that very girl’s brother, and a dislike for the
Wajid has a bittersweet form of expression,
and her way of telling a story, with a few opinions which, end up hitting the
point. The religious issues along the
cultural ways of the world, is what hits the nail in the head.
I liked this book, because it made me look
at Bangalore with a whole new perspective. And, also because Andaleeb Wajid
does have a way with words.