Book Review | DIYAR-E-DIL | By Farhat Ishtiaq

A short review of this book was posted on Goodreads. This one is more detailed.

Diyar-e-Dil was one of my favourites back in the days. Iwould  go back and read ‘Diyar-e-Dil’, and ‘Mere Humdum Mere Dost’ again and again. I re-read other books too, but here I mention only Farhat’s books.

Wali and Fara are cousins, married young under parental pressure. Their parents have a story of their own – typical story when one brother doesn’t marry his childhood mang, the younger brother has to sacrifice his love for khandan’s sake.

Now, Fara does not want to be with Wali. Her mother wants her to marry her maternal cousin (that’s a thing, guys).

Their grandfather is sick and Wali offers a deal to Fara –

  • Live with us for 3 months (I may be wrong about this. I don’t remember the tiniest details.)
  • Be nice to grandpa
  • After that, you’re free to make any decision and Wali would abide by it.

Diyar-e-Dil, on its surface, is again a cliched story. Right?

Again, as I mention in my reviews; some writers take a cliched story and take it to a different level by their amazing story-telling skills.

This novel is one such example.

I loved Wali. I love all books where hero’s name is Wali or Omar or Sikandar. There is something about these names. Err, I digress.

I like Zarmeena (Wali’s sister). I like her husband. Her kids are awesome. Zarmeena’s mom-in-law is a fun lady. Agha ji is a nice person.

Is there anything I don’t like?

I don’t like the heroine. If it was a deliberate effort to make her unlikable, the writer did a phenomenal job. Fara was so annoying, whiny, self-centered and stupid.

The other problem? Sure, this is fiction and crazy things can happen, but still some amount of reality should be there. Fara was a doctor, and just left everything without a worry in the world and became a good home-maker overnight. No wonder real people expect too much from us women 😉

It is over-dramatic and over-sweet in places. Yet, I like it.

The TV adaptation ruined it though. Even if I hated Fara, Maya Ali made it worse. I like Osman Khalid Butt, looks-wise, but he was nowhere how I magined Wali to be.

So long!

Shabana Mukhtar.

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