Aditya Kripalani (born 20 October ) is an Indian filmmaker, writer, musician and producer. He is best known for his books Backseat, Frontseat and Tikli and. From the pristine beauty of Ratnagiri, tucked away on the Konkan shoreline, to the sea of solitude amidst the clutter of Mumbai Backseat traces. Aditya Kripalani and Sweta Chhabria met in college when they were 17, Soon after they got married, Aditya wrote a book called Back Seat.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Nov 14, Deepti rated it it was amazing. Loved the way each character is built, where each one is cocooned in their artificial reality, yet is yearning for the very basic emotion, need called Love.
Their progression, their language, their style, and their geography that weaves into this magical place called Bombay keeps you glued to the story. Back Seat is a tasteful concoction of emotion, drama, thrill, sex and violence…. Jul 06, Rishi Prakash rated backeeat really liked it. This book was bought on an impulse after reading few words like “serious and hard hitting” somewhere and how right it turned out to be! I liked the way the entire story was taken forward and the way the characters were developed through it.
The details everywhere was also something which catches your attention and starts making picture in your mind. I won’t be surprised if this is made into a motion picture soon!
Talking kripaalani details, there is this one situation when the female protagonist is a This book was bought on an impulse after reading few words like adifya and hard hitting” somewhere and how right it turned out to be!
Talking about adityw, there is this one situation when the female protagonist is advising her best friend how to dress better and ways to control her better half and she is doing all this while preparing crab masala which almost makes you learn how it is backseeat I was just taken aback at the suddent events in the end but still liked the book for sure.
We will definitely see many more books from Mr AK in coming years! View all 7 comments. Mar 15, Jasmin rated it it was amazing. It made for a read which was refreshingly different. Gripping and exhilarating, it went to the depths of human character and emotion. The characters playing out their lives before our very eyes.
The innocence, the excitement and even the silent suffering of each individual was put across beautifully by Aditya. The simple tone he chose for the book was fitting and kriipalani description elaborate.
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As for the characters, my favourite was Nikita who feels like someone I have known all my life. Someone whom I have a very strong connection with kripalabi whose story I will carry with me for the rest of my years. Shashank is the little child inside of every one of us who only wants to be loved and accepted.
These three protagonists seem like they actually exist out there, in real life, somewhere. The author has given them life, and how wonderfully vivid their journeys have been. I have to add though, adittya the written English needs to be polished up a bit and a few punctuation and typos here and there. Looking forward to the kgipalani. Nov 13, Gautam Mehra rated it it was amazing.
Back Seat is a journey. Aditya Kriplani has used the simplest form of prose to transition the journey of individuals in a city that really has something new to offer everyday. Adi has almost mastered the art of bafkseat telling in this case, you can actually see a movie running Am a foodie and if I had to describe this piece of art. A strong piece for bollywood. Jul 19, Umesh Ranglani rated it it was amazing. Backseat is a novel which will take you on 3 journeys reaching the same destination.
The 3 protaganists in the novel are vastly different and yet have a lot in common. Their angst, their dealing with the cards life has dealt to them, their struggle to overcome the obstacles, their interaction with each other will make you connect with them, feel for them, love them, hate them.
If you are from Mumbai, you will quickly be able to visualize the pages as they come to life with the words Aditya has Backseat is a novel which will take you on 3 journeys reaching the same destination. If you are from Mumbai, kripakani will quickly be able to visualize the pages as they come to life with the words Aditya has used to describe it, if not, then you will be able to vicariously live in Mumbai through these characters.
Apr 20, Arhatia rated it it was amazing. Its a must read book for any zditya. The whole story is like a script of a movie.
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The way Aditya has protrayed the characters is awesome. Felt that end could have been little better. End of story leaves you to think about the other characters in the novel.
Jul 13, Karthik Manohar rated it really liked it. I was very curious about the title. I mean why do you wanna name a book Back seat, well after reading the book, I think a lot did happen in the Back seat. I felt the story was being dragged at the end, otherwise it makes a good read. Mar 28, Gaurav rated it really liked it. I am just awaiting for Aditya Kriplani’s next book! Aug 18, Priyank Nandan rated it really liked it.
Excellent and racy read with indepth character sketch Aug 21, Prasanna rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. A young girl, Asawari, loses her father in an accident during Ganapati Visarjan and then a few years later her first love, Aslam, is killed in a fight in Mumbai. Sold into the sex trade, she becomes the star performer at Athithi Dance Bar. Asawari as Nikita, grows up into a fiery, on the face, ever-ready-for-a-battle woman whose cherished dream is to open a Konkani cuisine restaurant in Mumbai. A teenage boy from Bihar, after witnessing domestic abuse daily in his house, one day decides to act an A young girl, Asawari, loses her father in an accident during Ganapati Visarjan and then a few years later her first love, Aslam, is killed in a fight in Mumbai.
A teenage boy from Bihar, after witnessing domestic abuse daily in his house, one day decides to act and save his mother from his sadistic father.
But in the scuffle, both his father and mother die, leaving him an orphan. Vijay flees away to Mumbai, the city of dreams, and is employed as a driver to a rich, spoilt, brat Shashank. His job is to drive Shashank around at night to adjtya various discos, prostitute houses and hotels and sometimes when Shashank is too stoned or drunk, he has to haul him away baclseat his house.
But Shashank has everything in his life except what he really yearns for. In a desperate attempt to escape from reality he turns to drugs and booze. The story of Back Seat is all about how the lives of these three people from different backgrounds fuse together in a ride of their life. Providing a perfect milieu to the whole drama is Mumbai.
Back Seat: A Mumbai Tale
Everything about Mumbai is embodied in the book, right from the lives of Mumbaikars, the famous buildings, the fashion streets, the spirit of Mumbai, the accent and food style of people of Mumbai, everything about Mumbai shines bright in the book. I have read many books based on Mumbai city, but Adtiya Kripalani has beautifully captured the essence of the city.
The characters are well portrayed but I did end up wishing that the dynamics of relationship between the three main protagonists in the book-Nikita, Vijay and Shashank had been more detailed.
When Vijay and Nikita, turn from strangers to friends to lovers, somehow the whole transition seemed abrupt. Despite the fact that I squirmed in the initial pages, it did give a raucous feel to the book. While I still could digest the kriplaani in the book, what left me disappointed was the ending which was brusque, as if the author was in a real hurry to oripalani off the book. The last four of five pages had too many implausible twists and turns that left the plot kind of lynched.
Feb 22, Amogha rated it backseatt was ok Shelves: This book starts off with promise of being a different take but somehow ends up like a Bollywood movie.
The story manages to depict the various aspects such as drugs, prostitution, business constitution, unexpected camaraderie, plight of the poor people in contrast with the rich, etc rather realistically — a huge plus in the otherwise not-so-intriguing plot. There are loose ends and lots of masala but what fills this book with life is the description of the city of dreams -Mumbai.
Aditya Kriplan This book starts off with promise of being a different take but somehow ends up like a Bollywood movie.
Aditya Kriplani has managed to capture the essence of Mumbai, wrap it up with rightly chosen words to describe it, and when he presents it to the reader, the essence is not lost one bit. I thoroughly appreciate the author for having accomplished this seemingly impossible task of giving the readers a glimpse of what Mumbai truly is. Through the three characters, the writer spins a tale of romance, vengeance and manipulation.
The plot is predictable – that Nikita is clinging onto a false image of a person she had loved — which takes away the major element of surprise that the writer seems to have in mind. If the ending wasn’t so abrupt, I might have ended up liking the book more. This book definitely stands out in the present day Indian literature where the market is flooded with mindless romance written by half-boiled writer beans.