Book Review: DOOSRA DOZAKH by Umera Ahmed

I have been meaning to post about this since ages. Something or the other always comes up; or I end up watching the drama again.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai is Umera Ahmed’s first book and it was published in 2010 by Ilm o Irfan Publishers.

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Book Review: SHEHR-E-ZAAT (By Umera Ahmed)

Shehr-e-Zaat is one of those dramas that marry spirituality with popular fiction seamlessly. Umera Ahmed is a well-known name in the popular women fiction writing horizon and this is one of her best works. I stand corrected, all her work is great.

Links to read Alif online (By Umera Ahmed)

I understand that Alif is not just a novel, it is a phenomenon that has gripped the Urdu speaking people across the globe. While some are content by simply watching the drama; others want to enjoy the literary experience as well. There is good news for all. Umera’s website uabooksonline.com has shared Alif in various…

Book Review: Abhi Tou Maat Baqi Hai by Umera Ahmed

Non-Review Rant I read this story when it was published in monthly women magazine Pakeeza Aanchal. We were still living in my grandfather’s house, so it was certainly before 2001. My elder sister was doing her graduation, so it was some time between 1996 to 1999. Boy, that is a long time back. Let’s just…

Book Review: Zindagi Gulzar Hai

I have been meaning to post about this since ages. Something or the other always comes up; or I end up watching the drama again.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai is Umera Ahmed’s first book and it was published in 2010 by Ilm o Irfan Publishers.

5 Reasons to watch Alif Drama (Geo TV)

I am looking forward to watching Alif Drama (Geo TV). It is written by Umera Ahmed. The novel is already published in April 2019 and is immensely popular amongst Urdu readers. I prefer not to watch the screen adaptation of a book. It is generally very loosely based on the original story and often the…

Book Review: Alif – Complete Review (By Umera Ahmed)

Introduction I love when I read a novel about writers, or watch a movie about actors. Umera had not written a novel post Aab-e-Hayaat, which was about 3-4 years ago. I remember that because I had just moved to my apartment, my own apartment, around that time. My sisters and I used to discuss the abrupt ending over a cup of tea until late in the night. Ah,…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #12 (Finale) (By Umera Ahmed)

The 12th and final episode is out. It is 29 pages long. I have included the link to read the episode online at the end of this post. Summary The episode is generally about tying the loose ends and there are some revelations. Don’t worry, I am not going to spoil the story for you….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #11 (By Umera Ahmed)

The 11th episode is released on 29th May, 2019. It is 38 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I get in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, from Qalb-eMomin to Allah….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #10 (By Umera Ahmed)

The 10th episode is released on 1 May, 2019. It is 48 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I need in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, from Husn-e-Jahan to Abdul…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #9 (By Umera Ahmed)

The ninth episode is released on 1 April, 2019. It is 35 pages long. You can find the link to read online below. I would still request you to read the review, and leave comments. That’s what I need in return. Here goes. Summary The episode starts with yet another letter, but from a different…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #8 (By Umera Ahmed)

The eighth episode is released on 1 March, 2019. *** Summary The episode starts with a letter from Husn-e-Jehan to Sultan. The rest of the episodes revolves around Qalb-e-Momin and Momina. Their circle in narrowing. They travel together, without saying a single word to each other. The constant talks of Momina’s success bothers Momin, to…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #7 (By Umera Ahmed)

The seventh episode is released on 2 February, 2019. *** Summary The episode starts with a diary entry by Taha. He sits down to do calligraphy but can’t focus on anything, except being mesmerised by the beauty of Husn-e-Jehan. Abdul Alaa narrates the story to Qalb-e-Momin – a tale of love between Taha and Husn-e-Jehan….

Book Review: Alif – Episode #6 (By Umera Ahmed)

The sixth episode is out. The episode starts with a letter from Sultan to Husn-e-Jehan. It reveals that the names of their kids Momin and Momina were pre-decided. It is evident that Sultan was not just a makeup artist for Husn-e-Jehan, but also an admirer and loved her. It also hints on a mistake of…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #5 (By Umera Ahmed)

The fifth episode is out. *** The fifth episode starts with a letter from Qalb-e-Momin to Allah. This episode delves deeper into the mystery named Qalb-e-Momin. This episode sheds light on why he has become the atheist and woman objectifier that he is today. Momin’s track sees him backlash on Neha for pestering him to…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #4 (By Umera Ahmed)

The fourth episode is out already and I am two days late. I am living in a parallel universe these days. *** The fourth episode starts with a letter from Abdul Alaa to Husn-e-Jehan. There is a mystery and both Abdul Alaa and Husn-e-Jehan are apologetic to each other. The mystery is just as annoying…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #3 (By Umera Ahmed)

The third episode unfolds some more mysteries & introduces one more character – Abul Aala, Momin’s grandpa; and the most important character, in my opinion. The episode ends on a cliff-hanger. Like really hangs the reader. The calligraphy link is stronger than I had imagined. Momin and Momina both can do calligraphy. In this episode,…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #2 (By Umera Ahmed)

The second episode reveals some more characters. It reveals some relationships amongst them. And no, I’m not mentioning those here. Read for yourself 🙂 It generates further curiosity. The tracks will converge soon, based on the first two episodes. The calligraphy link is already established. This novel is sounding like Mann-o-Salwa. The setting and the…

Book Review: Alif – Episode #1 (By Umera Ahmed)

Background & Review: Much like ‘Mann-o-salwa’ the first episode is about parallel tracks and a lot of characters. This episode had introduced a few characters; characters which are not necessarily named through the episode. There are four parallel tracks. A girl / woman named Jahan who’s writing a letter. She maybe Husn-e-Jahan; but I cannot…