Book Review: Alif – Complete Review (By Umera Ahmed)

Introduction I love when I read a novel about writers, or watch a movie about actors. Umera had not written a novel post Aab-e-Hayaat, which was about 3-4 years ago. I remember that because I had just moved to my apartment, my own apartment, around that time. My sisters and I used to discuss the abrupt ending over a cup of tea until late in the night. Ah,…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #11 (By Umera Ahmed)

The 11th episode is released on 29th May, 2019. It is 38 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I get in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, from Qalb-eMomin to Allah….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #10 (By Umera Ahmed)

The 10th episode is released on 1 May, 2019. It is 48 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I need in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, from Husn-e-Jahan to Abdul…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #9 (By Umera Ahmed)

The ninth episode is released on 1 April, 2019. It is 35 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I need in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, but from a different…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #8 (By Umera Ahmed)

The eighth episode is released on 1 March, 2019. *** Summary The episode starts with a letter from Husn-e-Jehan to Sultan. The rest of the episodes revolves around Qalb-e-Momin and Momina. Their circle in narrowing. They travel together, without saying a single word to each other. The constant talks of Momina’s success bothers Momin, to…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #7 (By Umera Ahmed)

The seventh episode is released on 2 February, 2019. *** Summary The episode starts with a diary entry by Taha. He sits down to do calligraphy but can’t focus on anything, except being mesmerised by the beauty of Husn-e-Jehan. Abdul Alaa narrates the story to Qalb-e-Momin – a tale of love between Taha and Husn-e-Jehan….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #6 (By Umera Ahmed)

The sixth episode is out. The episode starts with a letter from Sultan to Husn-e-Jehan. It reveals that the names of their kids Momin and Momina were pre-decided. It is evident that Sultan was not just a makeup artist for Husn-e-Jehan, but also an admirer and loved her. It also hints on a mistake of…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #12 (Finale) (By Umera Ahmed)

The 12th and final episode is out. It is 29 pages long. I have included the link to read the episode online at the end of this post. Summary The episode is generally about tying the loose ends and there are some revelations. Don’t worry, I am not going to spoil the story for you….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #5 (By Umera Ahmed)

The fifth episode is out. *** The fifth episode starts with a letter from Qalb-e-Momin to Allah. This episode delves deeper into the mystery named Qalb-e-Momin. This episode sheds light on why he has become the atheist and woman objectifier that he is today. Momin’s track sees him backlash on Neha for pestering him to…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #4 (By Umera Ahmed)

The fourth episode is out already and I am two days late. I am living in a parallel universe these days. *** The fourth episode starts with a letter from Abdul Alaa to Husn-e-Jehan. There is a mystery and both Abdul Alaa and Husn-e-Jehan are apologetic to each other. The mystery is just as annoying…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #3 (By Umera Ahmed)

The third episode unfolds some more mysteries & introduces one more character – Abul Aala, Momin’s grandpa; and the most important character, in my opinion. The episode ends on a cliff-hanger. Like really hangs the reader. The calligraphy link is stronger than I had imagined. Momin and Momina both can do calligraphy. In this episode,…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #2 (By Umera Ahmed)

The second episode reveals some more characters. It reveals some relationships amongst them. And no, I’m not mentioning those here. Read for yourself 🙂 It generates further curiosity. The tracks will converge soon, based on the first two episodes. The calligraphy link is already established. This novel is sounding like Mann-o-Salwa. The setting and the…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #1 (By Umera Ahmed)

Background & Review: Much like ‘Mann-o-salwa’ the first episode is about parallel tracks and a lot of characters. This episode had introduced a few characters; characters which are not necessarily named through the episode. There are four parallel tracks. A girl / woman named Jahan who’s writing a letter. She maybe Husn-e-Jahan; but I cannot…

5 Reasons to watch Alif Drama (Geo TV)

I am looking forward to watching Alif Drama (Geo TV). It is written by Umera Ahmed. The novel is already published in April 2019 and is immensely popular amongst Urdu readers. I prefer not to watch the screen adaptation of a book. It is generally very loosely based on the original story and often the…

Drama Review: Alif Trailer and Cast

Now that the novel is complete and the drama is about to air, let’s talk about the characters and the cast that is chosen to play those beautifully flawed characters. The official wiki page of the drama lists the below cast.Yeah, that is no mystery. But this post aims at dissecting each character and the…

Links to read Alif online (By Umera Ahmed)

I understand that Alif is not just a novel, it is a phenomenon that has gripped the Urdu speaking people across the globe. While some are content by simply watching the drama; others want to enjoy the literary experience as well. There is good news for all. Umera’s website uabooksonline.com has shared Alif in various…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w12

COVID-19 Panic WFH Curfew These are the keywords that defined 20w12. It isn’t easy working from home, especially in summer. Allah, bless humanity in these tough times and bless us with strength to survive. Two of the most popular dramas – Alif and Ehd-e-Wafa ended over the weekend. I have posted my review and other…

2019 As a Reviewer

I went berserk as a reviewer. There were books that I read and then we’re dramas, telefilms, web series and everything else under the sun. I reviewed, a LOT. Books I read ~180 books and posted reviews on Goodreads. There are some reviews that I posted on TOMU. Others, I didn’t. Alif By Umera Ahmed…

2019 As a Reader

I didn’t read as much this year. My ranking on Goodreads has dropped, even though I am still part of top 50. I no longer retain the #1 top reviewer. Not that it matters to me. It did, in 2018. I completed my reading challenge of 150 books. That’s a big number but I read…

Alif | Episode 13 | Qalb-e-Momin Has Decided The Title Of His Movie

First of all, thank you, all you lovely visitors. People are getting crazy and curious to know about the story of Husn-e-Jehan and Taha. It spiked traffic on my blog. Thank you so very much, and do keep visiting. Before proceeding, these are some related posts you’d want to check out first. Or, maybe later….