Book Review: SAAZISH KA JAAL (Jasoosi Duniya #44 By Ibn-e-Safi)

 

This book started with a mysterious man asking two “reputed” goons to abduct a girl for 5000 rupees (which must be a fortune back in those days). What follows is an extremely engaging tale of chasing the clues. The narrative is sprinkled with abundant humour in form of Hameed’s antics. I loved three lines/scenes immensely.

1

Abey… Koi sergeant kahe to mat suna Karo, Hameed tells a servant. Hameed just being a proud captain.

2

Hameed enacting as a train

3

۔ حمید کی سمجھ میں نہیں آرہا تھا کہ وہ کس طرح فریدی کے ذہن میں پھاند پڑے۔اس کی الجھن بڑھتی جارہی تھی اور فریدی تھا کہ اپنی دھن میں مست ! پرانی عادت کے مطابق وہ آج بھی اپنے اصول سے ہٹ نہیں سکتا تھا۔ اصول نہیں بلکہ اسے افتادطبع کہنا چاہئے ۔ وہ ہر کیس کے دوران میں ہمیشہ اس لمحے کا منتظر رہا تھا جب حاضرین کی آنکھیں حیرت سے اہل پڑنے والی ہوں اور اگر حاضر میں مہیا نہ ہوئیں تو بے چارا حمید ہی حاضرین کے

فرائض انجام دے ڈالے۔

 

Ah, it’s these witty lines that makes me a huge fan of Ibn e Safi.

 

The story is a prime example of tain tain fish, though. The whole cat n mouse game ends up as a simple “greed for inheritance”. Such a disappointment.

 

What surprised me the most in this story is that I hadn’t read this before until now. Can you believe it? I have started reading Ibn e Safi eversince I was six, and I still haven’t read ’em all. What are the odds?

 

An enjoyable read until the last the few pages where the story gets off-track.

 

Alright, see you soon.

Shabana Mukhtar

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