(From the publisher):
Exposes a city where young Asians (desis) struggle with white boys (goras) to assert their own brands of Britishness in the shadow of the divergent cultures of their parentsí generation.
Set close to the Heathrow airport feed roads of Hounslow, Malkani shows us the lives of four young gangsters: Hardjit, the ring leaderóa violent Sikh, determined his caste stay pure; Ravi, besotted with Bollywood actresses and utterly tactless, a sheep following the herd; Amit, whose brother Arun is struggling to secure the blessing of their devout Hindu mother for his lower-caste bride-to-be; and Jas, who tells us of his journey with these three, desperate to win their approvalódesperate too for Samira, a Muslim girl, which in this story can have only bad consequences. Together these four cruise the streets in Amitís souped-up Beemer, making a little money changing the electronic fingerprints on stolen mobile phones, a scam that leads them into dangerous terrain.
Original title: Londonstani
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)