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It is Bangalore in the late 1990’s. There are tremendous socio-economic and cultural transformations taking place as a result of liberalization. How would these changes impact a group of friends in their late teens? How would they cope, find opportunities and what of their original identities would they be left with, after western ideologies are brought in and bombarded in ...more
Paperback, First, 269 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Asad Ali Junaid
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Paakhi Srivastava
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-not-read
And we remained chronicles the journey of five friends over a decade. Five young people from an Engineering College at Bangalore in India witness life through changing times. As per the blurb, ‘And We Remained is a light and entertaining read of these friends as they experience love, heartbreak, prison, politics, drunken binges, strip clubs, sexcapades, US and Europe during their journey into adulthood.’

Before picking up the book, I read the author’s biography and watched the video about this book on goo
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Tushar Mangl
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am surprised at myself that I gave this book 4 stars. I seldom give any book 4 stars. But honestly speaking, this book deserves 5 stars. I am keeping one star for reasons that can cause spoiler alert. Hint: check the end again.
Asad Ali Junaid crafts a beautiful story about college friends growing up and finding a place for themselves in the sofiety . I know the market is flooded with engineering college stories as if engineering colleges of today are teaching literature and creative writ
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Muddle head
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: indian-fiction
After reading the blurb i braced myself for a coming-of-age novel chronicling the journey of a bunch of friends from college to "settled" lives a decade after they left college. Contrary to other readers, i was completely at home with the narration style.

Though i expected a light read, i didn't really expect an extra light diluted read where the one and only one topic of conversation among four friends for an entire decade is sex, losing virginity, Shakeela's "assets", blah, blah and
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Book'd
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy

First Impressions…
As I got this book in my hands, looked at the synopsis and the background, I felt that this is one more in the series of many newbie graduate authors.
I was more inclined to find out what this “Absorbing story” is all about and how “differently” it is told as the cover page mentions.


The Story and the Style…
As soon as I started with the book, I got myself convinced that this is not a story like the ones being mass produced these days. The writing style is very unique, this/>The
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Abhishek
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
"And we remained" is the coming of age story of five friends who grow up at a time when the nation was beginning to reap the benefits of the economic policies introduced in the last decade of the millennium. Most of them just manage to pass through their courses but somehow manage to settle well in their lives later on.
The narration is done in a unique way, in the form of e-mails exchanged among the friends a few years after they had completed their engineering alternated with first person
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Sheetal Dash
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘And we Remained’ is nothing if not true to its name. In an age when social networking has become such an important part of our lives, this book, written in the form of e-mails by first time author Asad Ali Junaid, is both believable and also effortlessly brings out the message of being true to oneself and your friends.The book certainly is a pacey read peppered with humorous situations and believably interesting characters. However, my only problem with the book is that it involved too much sex ...more
Siddharth Chaturvedi
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
# As I am a new person in the league of many, this book gave me a good start.

# The book was suggested by my mentor to start with and believe me IT WAS A GREAT CHOICE.

# This book made me sit and read it for hours (Usually I am not the kind off person who sit at one place for that much time).

# One can relate his story with this book , how guys are desperate and trying to have girls with them but END UP HAVING NOTHING.

# How they over come all the difficult
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Divya Nambiar
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
And We Remained... - an apt title with a cover that summarizes the entire book, but not until you read all of it do you actually realize how each word is a snapshot taken strategically from the book and placed on the cover. The seamless transition from one phase to another is remarkable and I found it very innovative. Moreover, it keeps the reader asking for more.

What I also liked was the effective infusion of 'gyaan' about the technological development that took place in the 1990s within the story. The
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Pankaj Goyal
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
‘And We Remained’ is the debut book of Asad Ali Junaid, who is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of ‘human-machine interaction’. The book is about a bunch of college friends and all the drama that surrounds a college life. There is bunking of classes, canteen food, lounging with friends, running after girls, college elections, cultural feasts, grade troubles, and career dilemma. And, yes, the story also has heart breaks, an important component of college life. While the back ...more
Meera Nair
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
“The most telling sign of receding youth is not balding or a paunch, it is when you do not feel like laughing as much anymore.” – Asad Ali Junaid, And We Remained.

And We Remained closely follows the lives of five good friends – Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David – through their years of mischief and camaraderie. The novel flips back and forth between individual POV (flashbacks) as well as their emails (present) so as to give us a thorough understanding of the events that played a significan
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Shree
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note : This review was originally posted @ Readers' Muse

Prompt replies and follow ups are one thing that impresses us. (er….effects of corporate world may be!)The writer wrote to us and promptly followed up with timely replies. The summary intrigued both of us and we had a mini fight as to who should review the book ( Nothing to worry there! Just the normal banter between two kids…er…okay…. adults who just didn’t grow up!) The solution ended up being asking the writer for two copies and me
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Abhilash Ruhela
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it


I started reading "And We Remained" by Asad Ali Junaid on 1st October. After completing half of it, I began reading "Half Girlfriend" which got delivered on 1st itself. After completing/reviewing it, I completed 2nd half of it today. So many Halves in the above sentences, right? Haha! Before starting to talk about the book, I would like to inform you that this book is not just written by the author, but he has himself designed the cover page of the book being a designer himself and also went on
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Suyash Karangutkar
Thoughts of school, college and university days can easily make one turn nostalgic. Indeed, refreshing are those salutary days surrounded by friends, enhanced by boyfriends and girlfriends (if any), pranks on teachers and friends, bunking lectures and unlimited fun.

I just finished reading an absorbing story And We Remained by Junaid Asad. This story too reminds one about college/university days. This story basically, takes us to Bangalore where the protagonist and his friends are pursuing Engi
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VaultOfBooks
By Ali Junaid. Grade B+

The IIT-IIM alumini have had their fair share of reminicising over college life, in forms of various novels by newbies and veterans alike. That has spawned a whole generation of other (mainly engineering) graduates that want their story to be podcasted to the world, which means that today anyone with a computer and Microsoft Word can become an author. This means that we as readers have to wade through a murky pool of bad grammar and have to brave all the sloppy
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Nitin Vadher
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

While reading the book I recalled my collage days; bunking the class, sitting at the last benches doing nothing, canteen, playing volleyball, etc, I guarantee you, read this book you will fell relaxed, a must read for the fun loving person.

And We Remained is a story of five friends Sahir, Sandeep, Gopal, Anand and David, and their friend Wardha, during 1990s in Bangalore. They were studying in a college called Engineering Collage of Vidyakeerthi University (ECVU). From the beginning till the la
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Purnendu Chatterjee
‘And We Remained’ is a debut novel by designing professional Asad Ali Junaid. I loved the cover of the book because the cover says everything about the content of the book. Designed obviously by Asad Ali Junaid. This is what happens when a designer, design for himself.

The story is described in a different and unique way. At the very beginning it struck to me that the narrating style is a bit confusing but as the story goes on I find this style unique and innovative. This story is nar
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Sharanya
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
WISTFUL AND NOSTALGIC!!!

“And They Lived…” was the series finale title of an American TV show, ‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ that I’m familiar with. The title similarities was primary reason why I was interested in this book as the title ‘And We Remained’ evoked a similar feeling of absolute completion. And then I began to read this book…

‘And We Remained’ chronicles the lives of Sahir, Sadeep, Anand, Gopal and David during their college days. Grade troubles. Lecturer cr
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Sakshi Agarwal
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
a really different way of telling the story...a great attempt..!!!
first I would thank asad for sending me over this copy in exchange of an honest review :)....that too a signed one.... yayieee.....however this did not earn him any brownie points for the review :D

alright to the book now!!!!
it would surely have earned 4 stars from me...if not for so many (and by that I mean SO MANY) proofreading mistakes :(.....sad but true
book is about 5 friends......loved the way it
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Priyanka Batra Harjai
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘And We Remained’ by Asad Ali Junaid is an account about friendship and tell tale story of friendship – told differently. Differently, because, the author had bid farewell to the customary lengths of pages and loads of paragraphs to share his thoughts and perceptions rather he has chosen an interactive platform of exchanging emails between re-connecting friends.

Today, we are all surrounded by plethora of apps and applications for making communication and reconnecting with our long lo
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Nikita Jhanglani
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Different and entertaining, that is how you will see this book being promoted. These adjectives pretty much sum up the experience of reading this book. An amalgamation of five different point-of-views, the story is also interspersed with each character sharing some of their past memories.
The story has an easy drift between the past and the present, a web woven so clean that getting lost into it is a pleasant experience.
The story is about five friends from an engineering college in Bangalo
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Nidhi Arora
And We Remained An absorbing story told differently... by Asad Ali Junaid Asad Ali Junaid

Title: And We Remained
Author: Asad Ali Junaid
Date: 2014
Price: 249
Pages: 267


'And We Remained' is a journey down memory lane. It is a story of five college friends, love, career and ever evolving life relations and circumstances.

Initially, the narrative might seem a bit ambiguous but, gradually the reader gets hooked and can decipher the link drawn with the past and the present. The writer has used active voices to describe the notions of its characters and it has all come out really well. Whether it be the emails oJunaid
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Rubina
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Time Travel...
Writers are very blessed. With a few strokes of a pen or jamming on a keyboard one can time travel. Reliving your memories of the days bygone makes one think of all the hits and misses that one has experienced in life. This story is like a two-way street, in which the author makes us travel back and forth, throughout the novel. The excitement of a college life, the fears, the tribulations all turn out to be the background of this story.

The characters came to life.
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Puja Gupta
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is unique, starting right from the disclaimer which goes like this " This is not a work of fiction......interpretation of the his reality and are presented fictitiously. Any resemblance.....is entirely intentional", so you start laughing right from here.
And the chapters are hilarious and innovative.
Like Newton's fourth Law of motion: " Loose motion cannot be done in slow motion"
"......Miracles are natural, when they do not happen, then something is wrong"
This book is the best examp
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Priyanka Roy Banerjee
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
So what if you have studied Engineering in an Indian college. So what if you have had friends to watch your back, hold you from ‘falling’ in and out of love, spent a night with you in prison (that’s rare, but still!), and shared your passion for life. So what if you have had a mammoth heartbreak.
You might have experienced some or all of these. You might have read books about some or all of these. We’d still ask you, urge you to go read ‘And We Remained’ by Asad Ali Junaid.

The book i
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Anusha Judith

And We Remained is a unique story, with a catchy title and an even catchier cover, which earns one a few raised eyebrows and a lot of attention.

The story revolves around five friends, their experiences in college and those in the outside world. Set in the backdrop of a gradually changing India, in the remaining few years of the 20th century and those of the 21st, it’s heartening to see that they manage to keep in touch and update each other of the happenings in their lives via email.
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Punit
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aiyoo!! Actually, it is by God's grace that the book turned out really well.
Honestly, the story isn't extraordinary but it's the way of presentation that makes it stand out. The nostalgic 90s, boom of internet and IT, sudden growth in engineering are all covered gracefully. The shifts to and from email storyline make it a real page turner. The POVs are great but would have loved to read David's side of story and some insights from the ladies.
A noteworthy point is that the frequency of ema
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Kalyan Panja
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A novel that has the flavour of the epic, the book seems well built that is really exciting and we can not help but live intensely the emotions of the characters. In characteristic style, the author mixes the compelling daily life of his characters, amidst hopes and desires, greed and corruption, a mixture of dream and resourcefulness that is the hallmark of today’s teens that has become a symbol. The characters are numerous and offer multiple possibilities of identification with the background ...more
Sakshi Nanda
‘And We Remained’ remains a light and entertaining read ending on a sweet note and affirming the bonds of college friendship, exactly what its author intended it to be. That there was never any ambition to make it anything other than what it is is apparent. I connected with the book not because it is a masterpiece in the world of writing and Literature but only because I have been through it all when I was in college. So in that sense, it is a fun way to re-visit days of your own freshers’ party ...more
Biswanath Banerjee
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
College life of an individual’s life is worth remembering. At the onset of adulthood, an individual gets the first taste of freedom at campus. Sometimes the stream of freedom is canalized in the right direction, sometimes in the wrong direction –but it is the time when the individual first feels the joy of breathing in the open air, standing under the open sky. The bonding of friendship that college life usually experiences usually has a life long adhesiveness. ‘And we remained’ by Asad Ali Juna ...more
Samarth
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
'And We Remained' is an intriguing book.
The Title, The Cover and The Narration Style proves that.
The book is an attempt to tell a story and maybe make people nostalgic. Unfortunately, even if the plot is good enough, the various South Indian words and Hindi songs make it less appealing. The attempt at portraying socio-economic changes does not help either. It is simply not conspicuous enough to make an impact.
I'll be honest, I'm a school student right now, so maybe the college part
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Asad Ali Junaid is a design professional in Bangalore working in the area of Human-Machine Interaction.
Junaid’s book – And We Remained – started as a story which needed to be told… and one which needed to be told differently. While he was struggling to get the narration style and structure right, he joined a three week in residence ‘Just Write’ fiction writing workshop where he got a chance to le
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