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Londonstani by Gautam Malkani
The narrator in Londonstani is Jas, a teenager who has gone from misfit to being part of a rudeboy gang in West London. Led by Hardjit, a Sikh with violent tendencies, Jas, Ravi, and Amit are sons of south Asian immigrants and they speak a language that's an obscenity-filled mix of English, patois, gangsta rap, text messaging, and Punjabi. They project an image of gangster wannabes, threatening violence, embracing bling and symbols of wealth, cruising in a lilac BMW, and trying to carve out a section of British life from a country that has oppressed their families for years. They also all live at home with their parents. Gautam Malkani's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "Many of what initially seem to be faults are revealed to be strengths; yes, even the off-putting beginning. It's far from a cheery piece of work, but an exhilarating one."