Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale
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    Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale (English, Paperback, Aditya Kripalani)

    Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale  (English, Paperback, Aditya Kripalani)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Neurotic Ink
    • ISBN: 9781441519450, 1441519459
    • Edition: 2009
    • Pages: 246
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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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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2009
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Aditya Kripalani
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 5.98 inch
    • Height
      • 0.56 inch
    • Weight
      • 367 g
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    5

    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’.

    For the rainy Sunday afternoon, you could pick up an Indian, city bred author and read about some ‘elitist’ theme or Pop romance about pub hopping, OR pick up an Arundahti Roy or White Tiger and get into ‘poverty porn’, which is another form of elitism.

    OR you could pick up Backseat - a refreshing breath of air that takes a real look at ...
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    Rajen Makhijani

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    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
    taste. (bear in mind, I'm south Indian, so my idea of punjabi khana might be a little different than yours.)

    It drew me in extremely quick, Backseat did. Asawari, in her pristine, unspoilt town. Her 'ordinary' everyfamily. The parallel story of another yo...
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    Arjun Iyer

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    21 Jan, 2012

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    She'd driving the car from the BACK SEAT

    Nikita is a rockstar.
    The ride is a rockstar.
    The end is a rockstar.
    Must read. I've read it twice.
    I used to think Shantaram was the best fiction book about Mumbai.
    but now i think this is also a contender from the recent lot.
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    Garun P.

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    4 Sep, 2012

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    BACKSEAT.. AN AMAZING STORY

    Backseat 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.
    What a beautiful story!! Lovely characterisations of Nikita, Vijay and Shashank and the most important, of Mumbai! The characters are so real that as a reader you actually feel ONE with all of them, th...
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    Tasneem Rupawalla

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    20 Dec, 2011

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    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.

    Once I finished the book I remember feeling a vacuum in my heart as though some very beautiful chapter in my life had come to an end or some really close fri...
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    Sweta Chhabria Kripalani

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    10 Dec, 2011

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    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.

    Just goes to show heroes who are women can be as shocking, intelligent, unique as any in any other regular commercial stories.

    Publishers are you listening?
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    Paul Ramkin

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    23 Aug, 2012

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    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.

    I remember jokingly telling Aditya(the author, a friend and a great guy!) that I might just learn to speak Marathi by the end of...
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    Quiien Banerjee

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    20 Jan, 2012

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    Backseat is unputdownable

    Backseat 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...
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    Flipkart Customer

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    10 Sep, 2014

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    Filmy story

    More 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...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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    Sneha Sahasrabudhe

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    19 Aug, 2013

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    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 ima...
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    TanishQaa Singh

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    7 Feb, 2013

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