On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.
Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.
Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.
We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.
Rumi, 30, an architect, is a Pakistani girl, took care of her ailing mother for six years. She shifts to her paternal uncle’s house after her mother’s death and works in an architectural firm which is heavily involved in land-use and settlements. Her younger sister, Juveria, is married to a banker and lives in London. Rumi had been to London several times in her life and lived there between the ages of six and twelve.
Ahad, is a Pakistani, owns a small publishing firm in London, which prints coffee table books on cultures and individual creativity.
Rumi, 30, comes to London to visit her younger sister, on a real vacation after six years. Her friend, Mahira and her husband, Faizan, invite her for dinner. There she meets Ahad, who gets attracted to her but feels that getting involved with a desi girl wasn’t the best idea. He decides to meet her again to get her out of the system. And they meet again and again. They share interests in books, music and movies.
Rumi belongs to a conservative family and intimacies are taboo in her family and he is a ladies’ man. Her sister is orthodox and wants Rumi to have an arranged marriage and is bothered about what the society would say. She wants to break free from the shackles and ends up fighting and breaking up with Ahad and being a bear with sore head.
I shall not write further, please reade the book to find out, I am sure you will not regret it.
I loved the book a lot. The tory is a revelation and the language and flow are good. The characters are lifelike and identifiable. An excellent job done for a debut. Well done Natasha.
Book Source: Review copy provided by Indireads