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Never Mind Yaar: K Mathur

September 28, 2011

Never Mind Yaar

K. Mathur’s vivid descriptions bring the college and its students to life. Immensely pleasurable and thought provoking.

When longtime friends Binaifer and Louella meet Shalini Dyal at Gyan Shakti College, Gyan full knowledge and Shakti full strength, a true friendships that transcends cultural and religious backgrounds is born. Louella is a Christian, Binaifer, Parsi and Shalini, a Hindu.

“To me the book is a mixture of history, cultural information and a lovely story all rolled into one.”

– Sarah, UK

“I was in a style trick about my college days after reading about the three friends from different backgrounds.”

Snigdha, India

“Khoty has written a beautiful story… I dare anyone to read Never Mind Yaar and not come away with some insight.”

– Rita’s Book Reviews

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This writer has a lively and individual voice and handles her male characters quite well: they are all distinct and believable, and work well together. Her female characters aren’t so finely drawn, however, and the writer’s tendency to head-hop makes the scenes in which they appear jumbled and confusing. It’s a shame, as there’s something I like about this writer’s voice: but the writing wasn’t clear enough for me to be to recommend it.

There was a scattering of punctuation problems; and Never Mind Yaar would be much easier to read if the paragraphs were indented; but for me, the overwhelming problems with this book are the writer’s tendency to overwriting, and the lack of clarity in her prose. I’d like to see what Ms Mathur could achieve once she gains a better understanding of point of view; and once she learns how to edit more ruthlessly, with clarity and pace in mind.

I was also disappointed by the slowness with which the story developed. I read fifteen of this book’s two hundred and thirty-two pages and no real conflict had been established by then: all I knew about the story is that it takes place in a university with a grumpy administrator, and that the young women who have just arrived are pleased to be there.

A quicker start to this book would grasp the reader’s attention, and make them eager to read more. If this were combined with a crisper, cleaner prose style this book might well have great promise: as it is, it’s a slow, confusing read which gives just the smallest hints that with a little more guidance this writer might do right rather well.

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  1. September 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    How do you think authors can recognize overwriting in their own work? Do you think it’s easier for someone else to spot?

  2. September 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Scooter: They can’t. That’s why submitting your ms to a good “book doctor” (independent editor) is so valuable — but useless if you fail to heed that editor’s advice.

    Lee Pratt

  3. September 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    On the subject of indented paragraphs – the Book Smart software used by Blurb will not allow them which means that for clarity it is necessary to insert a blank line between different people speaking.

  4. John King
    September 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    How do you think authors can recognize overwriting in their own work?

    Well, you have to read the way a writer reads. Read as much as you can, and read with a critical eye. Then it’s much easier to spot problems in your own work.

    David Madden’s “Revising Fiction” is an excellent book. It lists all sorts of potential problems that can happen in fiction. A beginning writer has to learn all of this by reading examples of good and bad fiction (or pay for their work to be heavily edited); a good writer has it all internalized in their brain.

  5. Jane Smith
    September 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Lee, I disagree with you: I think writers can recognise their own overwriting, and can correct it. When I read first drafts (and second, third, seventh and so on) of my own fiction, for example, I can tell that it’s hopelessly overdone.

    And Sandra, I didn’t know that about Blurb. If this author had perhaps tried that it might have helped differentiate the paragraphs from one another, but as it is there are no indents or extra line spaces.

  6. DDW
    October 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I will never understand people who think “thought provoking” is a positive thing to say about a novel. “Thought provoking” is the backhanded compliment of literary world. The thing you say when you can’t think of anything nice to say. The “good personality” of your fat, ugly blind date with poor personal hygiene. Nothing in a blurb makes me run faster or further away than the phrase “thought provoking.”

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