A short review of this book was posted on Goodreads. This one is more detailed.
For 64 pages, it was quite an eventful plot.
- Laila, Danish and Ayela are on a trip and Ayela gets lost in the jungle.
- A jungle scene in Kenya featuring the hero Omar and heroine Ayela
- Goons attack Ayela and Omar saves her, even slaps her for disobeying him. Wow, that is so romantic, NOT. That’s so not cool.
- Then Omar takes her to meet his friends and within a few hours, Peter, his friend, knows that Ayela loves Omar and that she’s the perfect woman for his crazy friend. Dude, how insightful are you? Are you a psychic?
- She comes back home. Laila and Danish are also safe. Laila’s mother tells her to keep this rendezvous to herself. Ayela agrees. Say what? Shouldn’t her mother know?
- All the girls in her family are fighting to be the rich phuppo’s bahu. Where have you read that scene before?Every Urdu women-fiction story had it, almost.
- The handsome vilayat-returned dude Taimoor chooses Ayela instead
- He is a nice fiancée head-over-heels in love with her
- She runs into Haroon and he tells her about his feelings.
- Taimoor, Laila, Danish arrive there. Taimoor befriends Haroon. Lovely chap!
- Haroon realizes what he has missed. Laila realizes what her friend has missed.
- Again, our heroine is surrounded by goons and the spineless fiancée runs away.
- Some random “shakhs” saves and I thought it is the hero right there to save the damsel in distress.
Hah, I am out of breath.
There are several things I want to say, all at once.
- It didn’t read like Farhat Ishtiyaq AT ALL. Only a couple of scenes between Haroon and Ayela sounded a little bit like her.
- The story wasn’t anything unique. And, the execution was sloppy. We have read accidental run-in, we have read plenty where the heroine wants a strong man to protect her (because she needs protecting) and a fattu fiance just doesn’t work.
- Everybody was soooo nice. Is it possible? No.
- Since all of the above (read my breathless 13 point summary) is rolled into one story of moderate size, most of the plot lines are under developed.
- The last page has Ayela saying – “ہارون میں تمہاری بانہوں میں آنا چاہتی ہوں”
I cringed at her choice of words.
- Which brings me to my question – is it one of her earlier work? It was amateurish.
- Sohail Khan (author of many OTT stories, Indian origin) has a story which has the jungle scene as-it-is . Almost all of it.
I am having a hard time remembering it, but I will find out. PS: Bandh Gaya Tere Daaman Se Mera Aanchal is the novel.
- Both are pretty well known names, Farhat more than Sohail, obviously. Still… Whoever wrote the story first, wins.
A two 🌟 rating. Only for Haroon. I have a thing for non-expressing (male) leads.
This is my poor opinion. If any reader disagrees with it, then let’s just say that our choices are different. I respect your opinion and you should respect mine.
That’s enough. See you later!