South of Salsette is a story about all of us.
Through a group of four couples who have been
friends for years, this book is about something that each of us needs but sometimes takes for granted - friendship.
From four different cultures, this group of
friends has stayed together for decades,
yet it is the smaller things that threaten to pull them apart. With Mumbai as the backdrop, this is a story of
situations faced everyday, of pride
getting in the way and of finally figuring out exactly what it is that you value most. South of Salsette will
resonate with everyone who has ever had
friends that have become closer than family.
Set in South Mumbai, the book explores the
nuances of this layered society along
with the finer details that make Mumbai the city it is.
From walks on Marine drive to Bar Nites at the
Bombay Gymkhana, the book paints life in
Mumbai in vibrant and real colors.
Avi Sonpal is an entrepreneur turned part time
Avi was born and raised in South Mumbai. On
completing his graduation, he went on to pursue specialised studies in the
apparel business at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He
lived there for a few years before returning to India and the city he
loves. He grew up reading books of all genres from Indian fiction to
philosophy, religion and management. Besides this, he is an avid
moviegoer, self-proclaimed film critic, regular swimmer and enjoys an occasional
game of golf.
He also co founded an NGO called REACH whose
primary focus was to uplift the lives of garment factory workers.
Avi began writing his first novel during travel
to China at the time of a sabbatical from the corporate world.
South of Salsette is his attempt to bring out
the idiosyncrasies of his contemporaries in the South Mumbai Society.