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Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale authored by Aditya Kripalani explores the dance bar culture in Mumbai and the harmful repercussions of the ban on dance bars.
Summary of the Book
Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale is a heartwarming and poignant story of a young girl, Asawari, and how circumstances lead her to becoming a bar dancer. Asawari was a cheerful little girl growing up in a small town in Maharashtra. She adored her father and led a happy and contented life with whatever little her father could provide her. Until one day, her father dies in a drowning accident, and her life takes an unexpected turn. Her dreams of attending college and pursuing higher education comes to an end. She moves to Mumbai, gets trained as a bar dancer and changes her name to Nikita. But if this wasn’t enough, the sudden ban on dance bars leaves her jobless and Asawari has to look for other means to survive. She meets a rich guy who offers her a large sum of money to spend a month with him. But she soon finds herself falling for the rich guy’s chauffeur, Vijay. Will Asawari be able to come out of her misery and lead a happy life with Vijay?
About Aditya Kripalani
Aditya Kripalani is an Indian author, filmmaker and musician. He completed his graduation MMK College in Mumbai. He pursued Film Appreciation course from Film and Television Institute of India and later went on to complete the Film Screenplay Writing course from the same institute. He has also taught screenwriting and has been at the head of the script department of a major corporate film company for 3 years. He is interested in all forms of writing like short stories, screenplays, novels and writing magazine articles. His other passions and interests include Karate, fitness training, playing the guitar and reading.
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Nov 11, 2014
A terrific ride into the reality of our metros
Oct 12, 2014
Visual, nuanced and rich in detail
Sep 10, 2014
Backseat is unputdownable
Jul 16, 2014
An urgent and fascinating book
Jul 3, 2014
Simply Blown - This is LIFE
Dec 16, 2011
Backseat - A ride worth taking!I live in Singapore. But when I got into Aditya Kripalani's 'Back Seat’ I was transported to Mumbai. My Mumbai. I tell you, this is a ride worth taking’.
Jan 21, 2012
A very satisfying and wholesome read!Backseat is a fantastic book. It's real, with a slight dash of well oiled tadka.If I were to give an awful analogy, I would say backseat is like a perfectly made glory-filled Punjabi dish. With the right amounts of masala, sweetness and raw
Sep 4, 2012
She'd driving the car from the BACK SEATNikita is a rockstar.
Dec 20, 2011
BACKSEAT.. AN AMAZING STORYBackseat is an amazing STORY.. It is a book which is UNPUTDOWNABLE.. Being busy with my exam preparations and daily chores then, I would read Backseat only at night.. I read Backseat over 3 nights before going off to sleep.. And every night I would read much more than the decided no. of pages.
Sweta Chhabria Kripalani
Dec 10, 2011
Back Seat - What a beautiful read !!I really enjoyed reading Back Seat . It was one such book where I was so attached to the story that I felt like not putting it down and wanted to just keep reading it . I used to wait to get back to reading it & to know more about whats happening in Nikita & Vijay's life . It was like she had become a friend & I had to be there for her.
Aug 23, 2012
Finally something which has a woman hero and isn't dumbed down!After a fair amount of what is called chic lit, handed down to me by my wife, i thumbed through this book and ended up reading it cover to cover.
Jan 20, 2012
A Must Read!Backseat is a story that is as real as it gets. When I first starting reading it.. I was not too sure that i'd like it. But the book grows on you as you turn each page. The characters Nikita, Vijay and Shashank transition from fictional characters and become real people. I have smiled, cringed, laughed and felt sad and scared along with Nikita, Shashank and Vijay.
Sep 10, 2014
Backseat is unputdownableBackseat is like a journey into Mumbai, into its murky corners where lies a lot of heartfelt stories. And I feel Aditya has been able to tell Asavari's story very realistically. Every character has a lot of depth and is dealing with different struggles in life but they still have a lot in common. Every Bombayite must read it! It's fast paced, exciting and has well thought out characters. The lingo takes you back to Bombay every now and then. I wanted to continue reading the book and not stop till I find out what happens to her in the end. That's why, unputdownable. It's a very good read! Can'… (Expand)
Aug 19, 2013
Filmy storyMore than a good story, i kept on reading and found the story to be really filmy.... Would not recommend to buy n read... if u come across the book by chance have a glance.. Didnt like the end......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Feb 7, 2013
UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE : BACKSEAT ROCKS!Backseat made me fall in love with this girl Nikita. She is an unforgettable character. Throughout the story, it made me feel that it all happened.. and Nikita is somewhere in this world.. In a few parts it actually made me cry, especially towards the end and also made me raise eyebrows.. Profanity at it's best! Hats off to the amazing writing skills possessed by the author.. He's done a tremendous job and it has developed in me the habit of reading, really thankful to Aditya Kripalani. I imagined all the characters in my mind just as they were described in the book and actually felt my existe… (Expand)