Book Review | JO BACHE HAIN SANG SAMAIT LO | By Farhat Ishtiaq

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


Plot Summary

Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samet Lo is a story of Sikandar and Liza and some awful characters around them.

Sikandar is a weird, rude and workaholic loner. He is insomniac, just like me and cannot fall asleep. If he sleeps, he gets nightmares. Let’s just say Sikandar is male version of me. I am also a weird, rude and workaholic loner.

So, Sikandar and Liza run into each other in historic and romantic city Rome (Italy).

Liza is Sikandar’s opposite. She friendly, cheerful and balanced. Although, she does share one trait, partiall – she is also alone.

She is optimistic, he is not. She tries to befriend him and he pushes her away. His stubbornness fails for her perseverence. They fall in love, and it is the trademark Farhat Ishtiaq romance so beware to have goofy smiles and dreamy eyes when you read it.

The story moves back and forth in time as we see Sikandar and his past and the relationships he onces had and cherished. We see Liza and her family and the evil she dealt with.

Just as Sikandar learns to forget his past, move on and start a new life with Liza, the past returns to haunt them and suddenly a romantic novel turns into tragedy. Liza and Sikandar have both suffered at the hands of one person – someone very close to them both.

Things blow out of proportion and the world seems to crumble, but all is well that ends well.

Oh, wait, the above sentence may sound like trivializing it, but it is not. Every twist and turn, every paragraph is engaging and entertaining. Liza and Sikandar’s relationship is heartwarming. Even though I knew a happily-ever-after end is promised, I was anxious until it did happen.


First of all, this review is another example of rework. Some of my reviews have disappeared from Goodreads and I have to write them again. Ah, the pain.

Years ago, I once had a dream. And the first half of the story including the trauma of main lead was there, almos scene to scene. however, I had never thought of penning anything but dear-diary moments until then. I therefore left it for Farhat Ishtiaq to write. And she did a great job.

This was published after a couple of years of my dream. No offence to her or her fans. I am just saying many people can get same idea for a book.

Alright, now, let’s discuss the book.

This is a typical Farhat Ishtiaq book, pure romance everywhere. I cannot say this for all of her books but she knows how to write romance. At the same time, she knows how to tug readers’ heartstrings. She can make you laugh, she will make you cry and she will make you want to fall in love.

It is just right combination of Farhat’s trademark chemistry between the lead; and the tragedy the characters go through; and the evil relatives; and fair amount of mystery and twist. As I said before, I could have totally written the same book and I am happy that I didn’t have to 😀

Don’t read it if you take the tragedies to your heart.

That’s enough. See you later!

Shabana Mukhtar.

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