This post is a spoiler filled review of the book. If you’re planning to read the book, please don’t read further. You have been warned.
I read this novel in 2013. I like Farhat’s writing and have read most of her stories. This novel, however, became memorable after I watched the drama.
A 20-year-old girl lives with her ailing mother Zainab. She’s emotional and has suppressed anger towards her father.
Aiman’s mother, Taufeeq’s wife. They are separated long time back. She is not educated or good looking. Taufeeq wanted a wife who he can proudly call his ‘life partner’. She used to work at a factory and stitch clothes before she fell sick.
Taufeeq is Aiman’s father. Post his separation from Zainab, he has married Almas. He is a perfectionist of sorts and likes studious people.
Taufeeq’s second wife. She is pretty, educated and fitness freak, a stark difference from Zainab.
Taufeeq’s son, Aiman’s step-brother. Although he doesn’t meet Aiman for a long time, he has some sibling love for her, thanks to Haider, who has brainwashed him to be nice to Aiman. Awnnn!
Taufeeq’s friend & business partnerand the hero. He’s a perfect gentleman and tries everything in his power to make Aiman feel better.
Shameem Hilali as Bibi
Almas’s sister and Haider’s ex-wife
Sajeela’s second husband. He’s greedy and puts up a nice shows of being soving husband.
Haider’s classmate and old friend. She’s briefly engaged to Haider, before Haider realizes that he cannot live without Aiman / Emma.
Sajeela’s friend who tries to talk sense into her when she sells her property to give money to Mazhar so his b rothers start business.
The drama opens as taufeeq us talking to Sahir regarding his expectations. Taufeeq is a disciplinarian and expects things done on time and in a proper manner. In Hyderabad, aiman taufeeq is talking bitterly about her father.
Disheartened by the expenses and the deteriorating sonditin of her mother, aiman decides to sell her jewellery.
She passed away and taufeeq gets a phone call on the day they are leaving for Turkey for Sahir’s admission to a Turkish university. He requests his business partner Haider to pick Aiman up and let her stay at his home until he is back. Aiman is reluctant to leave her house and certainly unwilling to live with her father, but she has no other option. If she had, we wouldn’t have a story, right?
Aiman is overwhelmed with emotions. She is grief striken for her mother’s loss, upset that she has to leave her house and angry that her father didn’t bother to pick her up.
She arrives in Karachi and is mesmerized by her surroundings. Having lived all her life in a small room with dusty walls, old clothes and broken utensils; the stark difference of a lavish lifestyle amazes her. Inferiority complex comes naturally to her, and self-pity is her second nature.
Bibi is a loving woman and an awesome host. She takes care of Aiman well. Aiman, in turn, feels sorry for herself. Haider, on the other hand, is friendly and helping. He plays games with her, takes her out for dinner and in general makes her feel at home.
Aiman reads Economics books from his study. He is impressed by her knowledge and interest. Haider encourages her to take advanced studies of Finance and Economics , and grooms herself.
After Taufeeq returns, she moves in with him but struggles to adjust to living with them. She cannot hate Almas, because she’s perfect and nice to her.
Slowly, as their friendship strengthens, Aiman starts to develop feelings for Haider. Who wouldn’t? The man is kind and oh-so-handsome. Haider was married in the past and just when things start to look good between the, his ex-wife Sajeela returns to Pakistan after a failed marriage to Mazhar, in hopes of remarrying Haider. Sajeela is arrogant and self-centered. She cannot tolerate Haider’s attention towards Aiman. She tries to create tension between Aiman and Haider by convincing everyone that Haider is taking advantage of Aiman’s innocence.
Aiman’s confession of love and Sajeela’s antiques make Haider take a hasty decision. He decides to marry his old friend Fatima.
Aiman is dejected and decides to go back to Hyderabad. Almas and Taufeeq aren’t completely oblivious to Aiman’s feelings for Haider, but they keep quiet. Haider hears about Aiman’s plans and the fear of losing her serves him better. He confronts Aiman and admits his feelings for her. Once that is sorted, he talks to Taufeeq asking Aiman’s hand for marriage.
Happily Ever After.
Like most people, I like romantic tropes. Young girl heroine and slightly older hero is very interesting, for me. I, therefore, loved this novel.
I like how Aiman’s relationship with her Almas and Sahir is treated. She feels more comfortable with them, than her real father. She realizes much later that her father is not very expressive, but loves her nonetheless.
The story, otherwise is predictable and almost cliched.
- Heroine loses one parent
- Hero helps her in the new setting
- She is transformed overnight and
- They like each other, but heroine makes the first move
- His ex comes to ruin things
- Some drama and Happily Ever After
There are a few scenes that I absolutely love.
- Haider and Aiman playing monopoly
- Haider and Aiman in office together, when Haider praises Aiman unnecessarily and incessantly, just to impress Taufeeq
There are subtle messages in this story. I don’t agree with some of them.
- Be confident. Confidence wins a lot of battles. I agree.
- Looks matter, so you should change yourself. I don’t agree.
Noticeable Differences From Novel
- Sajeela’s track is elaborated for screen. Mazhar was not even there if I remember correctly.
- Haider did not have any friend to confide in. He kept his feelings to himself.
Having read the novel, there was very little that surprised me. Still, I watch the drama every now and again. Because the excution is done really well.
Whether it is Adnan Siddiqui as friendly slightly older hero or Sanam Jung as naive, meek small town girl; the protagonists are brilliant.
Shamim Hilaly is charming as always. Zainab Qayyum plays the perfect step-mother. Farhan Ali Agha, although playing a father, is the most handsome man in the entire cast.
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