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Book Review: I remember reading #bagh by #abdullahhussein 3 years back & how it left me extremely sad & melancholic as the vivid descriptions in this novel kind of grows on you. The sadness, despair & longing not only fascinate the readers but also crawls into their heart & mind.
Finished re-reading it today & it had the similar haunting effect. Abdullah Hussein deserves all the appreciation for his contribution to Urdu literature.
It is a story of strange love, obsession, strong desires, living with an ailment, questioning everything & trying to make sense of life.
It is also about getting caught for alleged murder, the horrible police torture & the army recruiting people as spies (highlighting Kashmir struggle without naming names).
Bagh (باگھ) is about Asad who is obsessed with an idea of hunting a tiger/ leopard, a kind of person whose mind is constantly trying to join the dots of things happening in the world & in his life. He ponders on everything philosophically & is suffering from a breathing disease that takes him to a Hakim (حکیم) in Gumshad.
This is where he falls in love with Yasmeen (hakim’s daughter) & I simply love how they call each other اسدی & یاس. Their love story is not your typical one but it is an unexpected rollercoaster ride of emotions.
You will have to read the book to better understand the events that unfold one after another when a tragedy strikes & their lives are turned upside down. The days in jail with horrendous torture & humiliation by the Police & how the intelligence works in recruiting boys for sending them across the border will keep you hooked.
It discusses various intense themes like secrets & unforgettable memories from the past that shape one’s future, village life, the intimate & naked truths of a relationship between a man & a woman, the powerful love that keeps you sane in the most difficult situations, the point in life when you realize that your lifelong obsession cannot be fulfilled & the emptiness that follows; all of this & so much more is written in such an eloquent & intricate manner that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The ending will leave you in awe.
Rating: 9/10
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Book Review: I remember reading #bagh by #abdullahhussein 3 years back & how it left me extremely sad & melancholic as the vivid descriptions in this novel kind of grows on you. The sadness, despair & longing not only fascinate the readers but also crawls into their heart & mind. Finished re-reading it today & it had the similar haunting effect. Abdullah Hussein deserves all the appreciation for his contribution to Urdu literature. It is a story of strange love, obsession, strong desires, living with an ailment, questioning everything & trying to make sense of life. It is also about getting caught for alleged murder, the horrible police torture & the army recruiting people as spies (highlighting Kashmir struggle without naming names). Bagh (باگھ) is about Asad who is obsessed with an idea of hunting a tiger/ leopard, a kind of person whose mind is constantly trying to join the dots of things happening in the world & in his life. He ponders on everything philosophically & is suffering from a breathing disease that takes him to a Hakim (حکیم) in Gumshad. This is where he falls in love with Yasmeen (hakim’s daughter) & I simply love how they call each other اسدی & یاس. Their love story is not your typical one but it is an unexpected rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will have to read the book to better understand the events that unfold one after another when a tragedy strikes & their lives are turned upside down. The days in jail with horrendous torture & humiliation by the Police & how the intelligence works in recruiting boys for sending them across the border will keep you hooked. It discusses various intense themes like secrets & unforgettable memories from the past that shape one’s future, village life, the intimate & naked truths of a relationship between a man & a woman, the powerful love that keeps you sane in the most difficult situations, the point in life when you realize that your lifelong obsession cannot be fulfilled & the emptiness that follows; all of this & so much more is written in such an eloquent & intricate manner that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The ending will leave you in awe. Rating: 9/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 137/365
Book Review: I picked #motheringamuslim by @naziaerum because @khubaibliophile said great things about it. The discussion/ review post about this book by @imuhammad_fahad made it all the more intriguing & the book didn’t disappoint.
I felt privileged to be born in Pakistan after reading about the difficulties faced by the Muslims in India. However, it also made me ponder on the fact that Muslims are doing terrible things to each other in Pakistan as well. The religious differences, intolerance & hatred on the basis of sects & castes are very much prevalent here.
This book is an essential read to understand the crucial impact of increasing Islamophobia, nationalism, conservative Islamization, radicalization & mounting hatred among people; not only in adults but also in children as old as 8-10 years old (sometimes even younger). Parents have to think a hundred times before naming their children so as to not raise suspicions.
The sentiments are inflamed on the slightest provocation, the consistent hatred toward anyone who doesn’t belong to your religion, how Muslims are becoming enemies of their fellow Muslims, the constant need to prove one’s loyalty to their country & how there is a stereotypical phenomenon of calling every Muslim a Pakistani or Paki as if it is a bad thing.
The anger building among children in their early ages due to non-stop bullying in schools & neglect of the authorities on such incidents is giving birth to a confused generation.
The instances described in this book send shivers down the spine & one ends up thinking about the kind of the world we are building for our coming generations.
Do we really want our children to grow up in a world where resentment & abhorrence are the key elements? How far can anyone go to protect the children from these bitter realities & cruelties? What is the proper way to deal with all this when some teachers are involved in promoting this culture as well?
One has to continuously mince his/ her words because of how judgemental & difficult human beings have become. The skepticism created in the minds of children greatly influences their future decisions & their chances to make a place in this world.
Rating: 9/10
Book Review: I picked #motheringamuslim by @naziaerum because @khubaibliophile said great things about it. The discussion/ review post about this book by @imuhammad_fahad made it all the more intriguing & the book didn’t disappoint. I felt privileged to be born in Pakistan after reading about the difficulties faced by the Muslims in India. However, it also made me ponder on the fact that Muslims are doing terrible things to each other in Pakistan as well. The religious differences, intolerance & hatred on the basis of sects & castes are very much prevalent here. This book is an essential read to understand the crucial impact of increasing Islamophobia, nationalism, conservative Islamization, radicalization & mounting hatred among people; not only in adults but also in children as old as 8-10 years old (sometimes even younger). Parents have to think a hundred times before naming their children so as to not raise suspicions. The sentiments are inflamed on the slightest provocation, the consistent hatred toward anyone who doesn’t belong to your religion, how Muslims are becoming enemies of their fellow Muslims, the constant need to prove one’s loyalty to their country & how there is a stereotypical phenomenon of calling every Muslim a Pakistani or Paki as if it is a bad thing. The anger building among children in their early ages due to non-stop bullying in schools & neglect of the authorities on such incidents is giving birth to a confused generation. The instances described in this book send shivers down the spine & one ends up thinking about the kind of the world we are building for our coming generations. Do we really want our children to grow up in a world where resentment & abhorrence are the key elements? How far can anyone go to protect the children from these bitter realities & cruelties? What is the proper way to deal with all this when some teachers are involved in promoting this culture as well? One has to continuously mince his/ her words because of how judgemental & difficult human beings have become. The skepticism created in the minds of children greatly influences their future decisions & their chances to make a place in this world. Rating: 9/10
Book Review: I would like to send my gratitude to Zoya Inayat @i_am_zoyii for sending me a copy of her debut book of prose & poetry titled #intothedepth in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much & I loved the cover. I would also like to appreciate @thebooksyard for their quickest delivery service. The book came in a nice packaging with a bookmark which was both adorable & relevant for all the book lovers.
“Stop believing in illusions because the world is way more complex than you think.
Stop Judging!”
This book was a quick read for me as I finished it in 1.25 hours only. The paper quality was alright but could have been better & the printing needs attention as some of the words after every few pages were either faded or misprinted.
It is a 118 pages long collection of free-verse poetry along with prose which is similar to one’s thoughts about various things just like quotations & general observations.
It is basically about a person’s transformation & emotions while growing up, of love & heartbreak, of understanding life in its true essence & how affection/ good company is essential for one’s life; all described in a simple combination of words.
The first & second chapters named 'Perplexity' & 'Revelations' respectively, were relatable & interesting. The third & forth about 'Yearning' and 'Love & Devotion' were a bit cliche, I found them a little monotonous, whereas, the last chapter titled 'Metamorphosis (Transformation)' was a good one.
I loved the rhythm & lyrical approach of these poems, which made them amusing to read. Most of these verses are bound to resonate with the reader as they explain the truths of life (both good & bitter) beautifully.
The themes of longing, of life lessons, of acceptance, of knowing your own strength & of standing up for what is good for you can also be found in this collection.
It was a lovely reading experience on the whole. Recommended for those who are into modern free-verse poetry.
“Let go of those who hurt your beautiful heart.
Be brave, walk with pride, be smart.
With your smile, dark roads can brighten.
With affection, your scars can lighten.”
Rating: 7.5/10
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Book Review: I would like to send my gratitude to Zoya Inayat @i_am_zoyii for sending me a copy of her debut book of prose & poetry titled #intothedepth in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much & I loved the cover. I would also like to appreciate @thebooksyard for their quickest delivery service. The book came in a nice packaging with a bookmark which was both adorable & relevant for all the book lovers. “Stop believing in illusions because the world is way more complex than you think. Stop Judging!” This book was a quick read for me as I finished it in 1.25 hours only. The paper quality was alright but could have been better & the printing needs attention as some of the words after every few pages were either faded or misprinted. It is a 118 pages long collection of free-verse poetry along with prose which is similar to one’s thoughts about various things just like quotations & general observations. It is basically about a person’s transformation & emotions while growing up, of love & heartbreak, of understanding life in its true essence & how affection/ good company is essential for one’s life; all described in a simple combination of words. The first & second chapters named 'Perplexity' & 'Revelations' respectively, were relatable & interesting. The third & forth about 'Yearning' and 'Love & Devotion' were a bit cliche, I found them a little monotonous, whereas, the last chapter titled 'Metamorphosis (Transformation)' was a good one. I loved the rhythm & lyrical approach of these poems, which made them amusing to read. Most of these verses are bound to resonate with the reader as they explain the truths of life (both good & bitter) beautifully. The themes of longing, of life lessons, of acceptance, of knowing your own strength & of standing up for what is good for you can also be found in this collection. It was a lovely reading experience on the whole. Recommended for those who are into modern free-verse poetry. “Let go of those who hurt your beautiful heart. Be brave, walk with pride, be smart. With your smile, dark roads can brighten. With affection, your scars can lighten.” Rating: 7.5/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 132/365
Book Review: The eloquent & elaborate autobiography of @safridiofficial aptly titled as #gamechanger, co-authored by @wajskhan was a lovely reading experience. He has been a favorite ever since I started watching cricket.
There can be no one like Lala, the boom boom, as he made records when no one expected them & gave more than 20 years to this game.
The loud cheers he received when he entered the ground either to bat or ball, the disappointment of him getting out due to some reckless shot, the despair of the crowd, fans & family; all these sentiments are bound to make you nostalgic & proud. Only his presence on the field was enough to make the people go berserk.
The early days of his obsession with cricket, the family reaction, the essence of street cricket in Karachi were fascinating. You can feel like reliving those simple/ golden times as his journey progresses. The fastest debut century, immense love from the crowd back home, his rise to fame, various controversies & scandals, sledging, the relationship with his mentors, seniors & teammates, appreciation for the legends of the game, the crucial role of PCB, future goals, passion for cricket, charity work along with his insightful political views; he has described it all.
He has revealed huge secrets about the big names of Pakistani cricket, the conflicts/ rivalry within the team, captainship issues, terrible coaching, spot-fixing scandals, scarce training opportunities, haphazard planning & other problems which affected the team in the worst way.
Not everyone can be a good captain, leader or a coach, no matter how great a player he or she was. He has accepted his mistakes (some really embarrassing ones), his role in building a team, farewell issues, cleared speculations & his arguments with people around him & has literally exposed everyone, either good or bad.
The chapters about the emotions involved in the India-Pakistan game were so raw & relatable.
I may not agree with all of his political views but everyone has a right to have an opinion. Forbidding his daughters from cricket may raise questions too, although he is not stopping their education or other indoor games at all.
Rating: 9/10
Book Review: The eloquent & elaborate autobiography of @safridiofficial aptly titled as #gamechanger, co-authored by @wajskhan was a lovely reading experience. He has been a favorite ever since I started watching cricket. There can be no one like Lala, the boom boom, as he made records when no one expected them & gave more than 20 years to this game. The loud cheers he received when he entered the ground either to bat or ball, the disappointment of him getting out due to some reckless shot, the despair of the crowd, fans & family; all these sentiments are bound to make you nostalgic & proud. Only his presence on the field was enough to make the people go berserk. The early days of his obsession with cricket, the family reaction, the essence of street cricket in Karachi were fascinating. You can feel like reliving those simple/ golden times as his journey progresses. The fastest debut century, immense love from the crowd back home, his rise to fame, various controversies & scandals, sledging, the relationship with his mentors, seniors & teammates, appreciation for the legends of the game, the crucial role of PCB, future goals, passion for cricket, charity work along with his insightful political views; he has described it all. He has revealed huge secrets about the big names of Pakistani cricket, the conflicts/ rivalry within the team, captainship issues, terrible coaching, spot-fixing scandals, scarce training opportunities, haphazard planning & other problems which affected the team in the worst way. Not everyone can be a good captain, leader or a coach, no matter how great a player he or she was. He has accepted his mistakes (some really embarrassing ones), his role in building a team, farewell issues, cleared speculations & his arguments with people around him & has literally exposed everyone, either good or bad. The chapters about the emotions involved in the India-Pakistan game were so raw & relatable. I may not agree with all of his political views but everyone has a right to have an opinion. Forbidding his daughters from cricket may raise questions too, although he is not stopping their education or other indoor games at all. Rating: 9/10
Book Review: It was the first time that I read a book based on a movie but since it was @bapsisidhwa, it didn’t disappoint at all. The movie is on my watchlist as well & will see it whenever I find the time/ mood.
#water is based on Deepa Mehta’s film of the same name & throws light on the atrocities committed to the widows in the Hindu culture. It was hauntingly sad & depressing to read about the terrible fate of women persistently blamed for the death of their husbands. To be cremated with your husband or to live a life cut from all worldly desires & under constant hatred/ humiliation were their only options.
It revolves around the time when Gandhi with his teachings was rising to fame & his messages were spread throughout India. It was unusual to have someone talk about the rights of the widows & the oppressed.
The story is about a girl child named Chuyia who was betrothed to a 50-year-old guy. It is her heart-wrenching journey of becoming a child bride to the child widow at an age of 8 & thrown in an ashram to live like one when she didn’t even understand what is actually happening. It is her resolve & perseverance that might be a trigger to a number of changes in the lives of other widows with the help of Gandhi & his followers.
It is about the cruel intentions, manipulative behavior & double standards of Madhumati, the head of the ashram in Rawalpur. The lively Bua whose memories of her own wedding day will bring tears to your eyes as each & every widow had a miserable story. The constant love of Shakuntala for Chuyia was beautiful & the grim tale of Kalyani who was forced into prostitution by Madhumati was so tragic.
It is about the unexpected, serendipitous but depressing love story of Narayan & Kalyani which just breaks my heart at how cruel & horrible human beings can be to the people who are already suffering. The lustful & greedy ways of men to exploit the widows was just too much to bear.
The ending will shatter your heart into a million pieces but it will make you happy as well with a hope of redemption & a happy destiny for Chuyia.
Bapsi Sidhwa sure knows how to write melancholic tales & break hearts.
Rating: 10/10
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Book Review: It was the first time that I read a book based on a movie but since it was @bapsisidhwa, it didn’t disappoint at all. The movie is on my watchlist as well & will see it whenever I find the time/ mood. #water is based on Deepa Mehta’s film of the same name & throws light on the atrocities committed to the widows in the Hindu culture. It was hauntingly sad & depressing to read about the terrible fate of women persistently blamed for the death of their husbands. To be cremated with your husband or to live a life cut from all worldly desires & under constant hatred/ humiliation were their only options. It revolves around the time when Gandhi with his teachings was rising to fame & his messages were spread throughout India. It was unusual to have someone talk about the rights of the widows & the oppressed. The story is about a girl child named Chuyia who was betrothed to a 50-year-old guy. It is her heart-wrenching journey of becoming a child bride to the child widow at an age of 8 & thrown in an ashram to live like one when she didn’t even understand what is actually happening. It is her resolve & perseverance that might be a trigger to a number of changes in the lives of other widows with the help of Gandhi & his followers. It is about the cruel intentions, manipulative behavior & double standards of Madhumati, the head of the ashram in Rawalpur. The lively Bua whose memories of her own wedding day will bring tears to your eyes as each & every widow had a miserable story. The constant love of Shakuntala for Chuyia was beautiful & the grim tale of Kalyani who was forced into prostitution by Madhumati was so tragic. It is about the unexpected, serendipitous but depressing love story of Narayan & Kalyani which just breaks my heart at how cruel & horrible human beings can be to the people who are already suffering. The lustful & greedy ways of men to exploit the widows was just too much to bear. The ending will shatter your heart into a million pieces but it will make you happy as well with a hope of redemption & a happy destiny for Chuyia. Bapsi Sidhwa sure knows how to write melancholic tales & break hearts. Rating: 10/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 127/365
Book Review: Came to know about #senseme by #annumsalman (@writeroholic) when some of my fellow bloggers got it as a review copy & I was intrigued (love reading debut books). Picked it up from @libertybooks & loved how beautifully these free-verse poems were scripted.
Each poem leaves you aching, the lines are oozing with fierce emotions & the themes it touches are so powerful.
“You are a broken plate,
Smashed at the dinner table.
A Rained evening,
The sounds of gasps & hushes.
No pile of bones,
But a grave has been dug
To bury our silences in.
Nobody will talk about your depression;
You will continue
Living it.”
Felt like sharing all of them. I savored the hurt that it conveys so realistically, the way it caters to anxiety, depression & how it is ignored by the people around us considering it as nothing but an attention-seeking behavior.
“The weight of emptiness is increasing
Day by day,
It’s ironic,
How heavy something missing
Can feel.”
It speaks about heartbreak, toxic relationships, restrictions imposed by the society, the constant stream of hatred, racism & bullying faced by immigrants who try to make a foreign land as their own, the ache for your homeland & the persistent efforts to adjust while making yourself a part of the new atmosphere just like their citizens.
“I’ll create a painting for you,
Drawn with blood,
And hope that my art can convey my hate to you
Through the colour of love.”
The illustrations are captivating, the element of love & hate, of living in a troubled home with complicated parents/ broken family system, the humiliation/ exploitation faced in all forms (physical, emotional, mental) from various people & of using art to express the most intense sentiments will keep you hooked.
“If my body is a closet, my tongue is the skeleton that rattles with all the dead wishes I made & the rotten words I never said.”
It literally feels like experiencing the painful yet enlightening journey of the writer’s life. Most of these poems resonates with you on another level.
“A bestseller,
Could be someone’s death,
An autographed break-up,
An audience favourite,
Maybe every tragedy is worth,
Every art created.”
Rating: 9/10
#BetterReadsChallenge 125/365
Book Review: Came to know about #senseme by #annumsalman (@writeroholic) when some of my fellow bloggers got it as a review copy & I was intrigued (love reading debut books). Picked it up from @libertybooks & loved how beautifully these free-verse poems were scripted. Each poem leaves you aching, the lines are oozing with fierce emotions & the themes it touches are so powerful. “You are a broken plate, Smashed at the dinner table. A Rained evening, The sounds of gasps & hushes. No pile of bones, But a grave has been dug To bury our silences in. Nobody will talk about your depression; You will continue Living it.” Felt like sharing all of them. I savored the hurt that it conveys so realistically, the way it caters to anxiety, depression & how it is ignored by the people around us considering it as nothing but an attention-seeking behavior. “The weight of emptiness is increasing Day by day, It’s ironic, How heavy something missing Can feel.” It speaks about heartbreak, toxic relationships, restrictions imposed by the society, the constant stream of hatred, racism & bullying faced by immigrants who try to make a foreign land as their own, the ache for your homeland & the persistent efforts to adjust while making yourself a part of the new atmosphere just like their citizens. “I’ll create a painting for you, Drawn with blood, And hope that my art can convey my hate to you Through the colour of love.” The illustrations are captivating, the element of love & hate, of living in a troubled home with complicated parents/ broken family system, the humiliation/ exploitation faced in all forms (physical, emotional, mental) from various people & of using art to express the most intense sentiments will keep you hooked. “If my body is a closet, my tongue is the skeleton that rattles with all the dead wishes I made & the rotten words I never said.” It literally feels like experiencing the painful yet enlightening journey of the writer’s life. Most of these poems resonates with you on another level. “A bestseller, Could be someone’s death, An autographed break-up, An audience favourite, Maybe every tragedy is worth, Every art created.” Rating: 9/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 125/365

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• THROUGH HER  W I N D O W •
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When I was in Grade 8, I got seated next to a strange girl. She said her rapist climbed through her window each night without fail and forced himself on her. She said she kept sheets soaked in blood at the back of her closet and that when things got rough, her driver brought her whiskey. .
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I never understood it. I always asked her why she didn’t just close the window but she’d brush it away. .
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“The window, Nayyab. He comes through the window that looks over my garden,” she’d repeat.
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Back then windows were delicate things you received chocolates through, not rapists. They weren’t scary at all. Every romance novel or movie carried a window within it.
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Her rapist donned new attires and accents everyday. Sometimes he’d be British and on particularly hard days he’d be an American. Like a chameleon he kept changing colors. .
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Windows that open into gardens - men and blood - naked revelations - .
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Metaphors. .
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People aren’t always lying, they are simply masking their truth. I doubt if there was ever a rapist but there was a window. I also know that when she wrote fiction, she wrote it extraordinarily well. 20/20. Never less.
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I learnt everything I know about metaphors that year in Grade 8.
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#pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagram #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #writingcommunity #metaphor
• THROUGH HER W I N D O W • . . [Trigger Warning] ⚠️ . . . When I was in Grade 8, I got seated next to a strange girl. She said her rapist climbed through her window each night without fail and forced himself on her. She said she kept sheets soaked in blood at the back of her closet and that when things got rough, her driver brought her whiskey. . . I never understood it. I always asked her why she didn’t just close the window but she’d brush it away. . . “The window, Nayyab. He comes through the window that looks over my garden,” she’d repeat. . . Back then windows were delicate things you received chocolates through, not rapists. They weren’t scary at all. Every romance novel or movie carried a window within it. . . Her rapist donned new attires and accents everyday. Sometimes he’d be British and on particularly hard days he’d be an American. Like a chameleon he kept changing colors. . . . Too often she would mention that her cousin or brother walked in on her naked. It baffled me. How was it possible? Every. Single. Time. . . . Windows that open into gardens - men and blood - naked revelations - . . Metaphors. . . . People aren’t always lying, they are simply masking their truth. I doubt if there was ever a rapist but there was a window. I also know that when she wrote fiction, she wrote it extraordinarily well. 20/20. Never less. . . I learnt everything I know about metaphors that year in Grade 8. . . - - What do windows mean to you? - - . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagram #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #writingcommunity #metaphor
• Can You Stomach This? •
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I get tagged in numerous posts daily and I swear, I’m more than happy to encourage everybody out there - BUT
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I’m a little tired of people who take art and literature for granted. I know you’re scoffing, your forehead is probably creased and a part of you hates me already. I’m sorry. I don’t mean for this to be a post on bashing - all I’m saying is - you can’t cook biryani if you’ve never tasted good biryani. .
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You might be able to cook it but sweetheart, you’ll never know what you’ve made if you haven’t tasted it before.
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Now that the biryani analogy is over, Let’s get back to writing. YOU CANT WRITE A POEM IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ POETRY. There is no debate about this. NO. DEBATE. You want to write a poem? Go and pick up a poetry book from the bookstore. Insta pop-up poems don’t count. Most of them are crap and loaded with likes because people hardly pay attention to ‘double taps.’ They’ve been trained to tap the shit out of insta posts. Shabaash. .
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You want to write? Excellent. You’re trying? I know. Are you REALLY trying? You’re not. .
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Self expression and practice is important. I am proud of each and every one of you that shares poems and write-ups but please - seek improvement. If you truly love literature then go read the greats before you think you’ve written your best work.
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Please. please. Please. Stop posting mediocre and poorly thought out prose as poems or write ups. You CAN improve. You CAN write but you HAVE TO read first. There are no short cuts.
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People Ask me for advice all the time and I’m as encouraging as I can be but I’m also perceptive enough to know when you haven’t put your heart and soul into it. You want praise but you don’t have the guts to stomach the criticism necessary to help you improve. Get your shit together. Fix your tenses. Understand grammar and punctuation. Learn about rhyme, meter and structure. Then post.
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.**I’m not perfect either. Some of my older stuff makes me CRINGE. If I don’t nourish my creativity then I’ll stagnate. We’ve all got to strive to do better. .
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#pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagrammer #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity
• Can You Stomach This? • . . I get tagged in numerous posts daily and I swear, I’m more than happy to encourage everybody out there - BUT . . I’m a little tired of people who take art and literature for granted. I know you’re scoffing, your forehead is probably creased and a part of you hates me already. I’m sorry. I don’t mean for this to be a post on bashing - all I’m saying is - you can’t cook biryani if you’ve never tasted good biryani. . . You might be able to cook it but sweetheart, you’ll never know what you’ve made if you haven’t tasted it before. . . Now that the biryani analogy is over, Let’s get back to writing. YOU CANT WRITE A POEM IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ POETRY. There is no debate about this. NO. DEBATE. You want to write a poem? Go and pick up a poetry book from the bookstore. Insta pop-up poems don’t count. Most of them are crap and loaded with likes because people hardly pay attention to ‘double taps.’ They’ve been trained to tap the shit out of insta posts. Shabaash. . . . You want to write? Excellent. You’re trying? I know. Are you REALLY trying? You’re not. . . . Self expression and practice is important. I am proud of each and every one of you that shares poems and write-ups but please - seek improvement. If you truly love literature then go read the greats before you think you’ve written your best work. . . Please. please. Please. Stop posting mediocre and poorly thought out prose as poems or write ups. You CAN improve. You CAN write but you HAVE TO read first. There are no short cuts. . . People Ask me for advice all the time and I’m as encouraging as I can be but I’m also perceptive enough to know when you haven’t put your heart and soul into it. You want praise but you don’t have the guts to stomach the criticism necessary to help you improve. Get your shit together. Fix your tenses. Understand grammar and punctuation. Learn about rhyme, meter and structure. Then post. . .**I’m not perfect either. Some of my older stuff makes me CRINGE. If I don’t nourish my creativity then I’ll stagnate. We’ve all got to strive to do better. . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagrammer #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity

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“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”⁣⁣⁣
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So I was encouraged by a friend to read “All your perfects”...I went blindly into this book and that’s exactly how you should be reading Colleen Hoover's books knowing the least about them.⁣⁣⁣
Her books have always been a hit or miss for me. But Oh man, I cried twice reading this and since crying while reading is a rarity for me 😛 I will totally recommend you guys this book. ⁣⁣⁣
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So without spoiling anything I'll mention why you should read it. ⁣⁣⁣
All Your Perfects is a hard-hitting book about a topic I’ve never read about before; marriage and infertility. It’s about the struggles married couples go through and the real way in which they deal with them. And this book is told in alternating chapters, from past and present, where we see a couple fall in love, but we also get to see their marriage breaking apart in the present because they cannot have a child. ⁣⁣⁣
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The wisdom within its pages was astounding. And the BOX, OMG!🙊 Where did she come up with that? It is truly brilliant! Once I got to know the importance of it! OMG!!!⁣⁣⁣😭😭
It’s a story of love and remembering what love is and how to find -Happiness- again focusing on all the perfects.⁣⁣⁣
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“What’s the secret to such a perfect marriage?⁣⁣⁣
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No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.
“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ So I was encouraged by a friend to read “All your perfects”...I went blindly into this book and that’s exactly how you should be reading Colleen Hoover's books knowing the least about them.⁣⁣⁣ Her books have always been a hit or miss for me. But Oh man, I cried twice reading this and since crying while reading is a rarity for me 😛 I will totally recommend you guys this book. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ So without spoiling anything I'll mention why you should read it. ⁣⁣⁣ All Your Perfects is a hard-hitting book about a topic I’ve never read about before; marriage and infertility. It’s about the struggles married couples go through and the real way in which they deal with them. And this book is told in alternating chapters, from past and present, where we see a couple fall in love, but we also get to see their marriage breaking apart in the present because they cannot have a child. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The wisdom within its pages was astounding. And the BOX, OMG!🙊 Where did she come up with that? It is truly brilliant! Once I got to know the importance of it! OMG!!!⁣⁣⁣😭😭 It’s a story of love and remembering what love is and how to find -Happiness- again focusing on all the perfects.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Quotes:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ “What’s the secret to such a perfect marriage?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time."⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣ “Apologies are good for admitting regret, but they do very little in removing the truth from the actions that caused the regret.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣ PS. The Editing is inspired by @imuhammad_fahad .... hum ne kaha hum b try marlain 😂
⁣“And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.”⁣
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This YA Thriller novel follows a 19yo Sadie Hunter as she hunts down the person she believes is responsible for the horrifying and unsolved murder of her 13yo sister, Mattie. ⁣
Sadie’s adoptive grandmother hires an investigative reporter, West McCray, to find Sadie and bring her home. This is the story of tracing her footsteps through cities and described by diverse people she met along the way and how it all happened??⁣
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Told partially in narrative format from Sadie’s POV, and partially via podcast put together by the investigative reporter West McCray, you’re able to piece together the story from every possible angle and see it from the point of view of everyone involved. Yet, ultimately, you’re constantly left wondering what will happen next and where the story will lead. This is one of the most unique books, I’ve ever read, with the mixed media format.⁣
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You might be deemed uncomfortable or unsteadily acknowledged about the world young women face, it sheds light on a sad reality that happens far too often.⁣
This isn’t your typical unrealistic YA romance. It was a very real and gritty read; a suspenseful mystery with a touch of thriller.⁣
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***There are themes related to sexual abuse and pedophilia⁣
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So I prefer listening to the audiobook for this because of the unique way it's written. The audiobook is narrated by a full cast.  In the podcast POV, each of the people interviewed by West is voiced by a different narrator. The podcast POV also includes music and recaps, just like a real podcast. ⁣
(If you can’t get your hands on the audiobook...You can actually listen to the podcast online and read Sadie’s narration from the book... it's going to enhance your experience a lot more while reading this...hit me up if you need the link to the podcast)⁣
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Favourite Quotes:⁣
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“It was a terrible thing, sure, but we live in a world that has no shortage of terrible things. You can't stop for all of them.” ⁣
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“Or maybe you get so used to the mess of home, you convince yourself over time everything's exactly where it belongs.” ⁣
― Courtney Summers, Sadie
⁣“And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.”⁣ ⁣ This YA Thriller novel follows a 19yo Sadie Hunter as she hunts down the person she believes is responsible for the horrifying and unsolved murder of her 13yo sister, Mattie. ⁣ Sadie’s adoptive grandmother hires an investigative reporter, West McCray, to find Sadie and bring her home. This is the story of tracing her footsteps through cities and described by diverse people she met along the way and how it all happened??⁣ ⁣ Told partially in narrative format from Sadie’s POV, and partially via podcast put together by the investigative reporter West McCray, you’re able to piece together the story from every possible angle and see it from the point of view of everyone involved. Yet, ultimately, you’re constantly left wondering what will happen next and where the story will lead. This is one of the most unique books, I’ve ever read, with the mixed media format.⁣ ⁣ You might be deemed uncomfortable or unsteadily acknowledged about the world young women face, it sheds light on a sad reality that happens far too often.⁣ This isn’t your typical unrealistic YA romance. It was a very real and gritty read; a suspenseful mystery with a touch of thriller.⁣ ⁣ ***There are themes related to sexual abuse and pedophilia⁣ ⁣ So I prefer listening to the audiobook for this because of the unique way it's written. The audiobook is narrated by a full cast. In the podcast POV, each of the people interviewed by West is voiced by a different narrator. The podcast POV also includes music and recaps, just like a real podcast. ⁣ (If you can’t get your hands on the audiobook...You can actually listen to the podcast online and read Sadie’s narration from the book... it's going to enhance your experience a lot more while reading this...hit me up if you need the link to the podcast)⁣ ⁣ Favourite Quotes:⁣ ⁣ “It was a terrible thing, sure, but we live in a world that has no shortage of terrible things. You can't stop for all of them.” ⁣ ⁣ “Or maybe you get so used to the mess of home, you convince yourself over time everything's exactly where it belongs.” ⁣ ― Courtney Summers, Sadie
Can you love someone you can never touch?⁣
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In this story, we follow different POVs from two Cystic Fibrosis patients, Stella, and Will both with a very different view of life and their illness. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a sickness that has to do with someone’s lungs and the fact that they can’t breathe properly. For two CF-rs to come into more than six feet apart from each other can be deadly in some cases, so it is crucial that people that have CF stay at least six feet apart at all times.⁣
When the two meet the unthinkable happens – they begin to fall for each other but how can you fall in love when you have to be five feet apart at all times?⁣
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Tbh I wasn’t planning on reading this because it seems pretty cliché, totally brought back TFIOS vibes. But after reading @komal_bibliomaniac and @wordsborn reviews I thought to give it a try and I’m glad I read it. ⁣
It’s more than a #sicklit romance. We get to learn a lot about the disease the statistics and the struggles behind it.⁣
This book made me realize that merely having the luxury to touch someone is a blessing.  After all, all our senses allow us to truly feel pure bliss. Once even one of those senses is taken away we will be left longing for something we never thought about missing in the first place.⁣
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Favourite quotes: ⁣
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“I know in that moment, even though it could not be more ridiculous, that if I die in there, I won’t die without falling in love.”⁣
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“...I want to be fearless and free. It's just life, Will. It'll be over before we know It.” ⁣
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“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” ⁣
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―Five Feet Apart
Can you love someone you can never touch?⁣ ⁣ In this story, we follow different POVs from two Cystic Fibrosis patients, Stella, and Will both with a very different view of life and their illness. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a sickness that has to do with someone’s lungs and the fact that they can’t breathe properly. For two CF-rs to come into more than six feet apart from each other can be deadly in some cases, so it is crucial that people that have CF stay at least six feet apart at all times.⁣ When the two meet the unthinkable happens – they begin to fall for each other but how can you fall in love when you have to be five feet apart at all times?⁣ ⁣ Tbh I wasn’t planning on reading this because it seems pretty cliché, totally brought back TFIOS vibes. But after reading @komal_bibliomaniac and @wordsborn reviews I thought to give it a try and I’m glad I read it. ⁣ It’s more than a #sicklit romance. We get to learn a lot about the disease the statistics and the struggles behind it.⁣ This book made me realize that merely having the luxury to touch someone is a blessing. After all, all our senses allow us to truly feel pure bliss. Once even one of those senses is taken away we will be left longing for something we never thought about missing in the first place.⁣ ⁣ Favourite quotes: ⁣ ⁣ “I know in that moment, even though it could not be more ridiculous, that if I die in there, I won’t die without falling in love.”⁣ ⁣ “...I want to be fearless and free. It's just life, Will. It'll be over before we know It.” ⁣ ⁣ “If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” ⁣ ⁣ ―Five Feet Apart
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I’m going to be very vague with my Maybe Someday plot synopsis because there are some spoilers that I can’t tell you. It’s kind of killing me, but I want to let you discover them on your own.⁣
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The book starts with Sydney, who just turned twenty-two and was having a really bad day. When she discovers her boyfriend and her roommate are having an affair - on her birthday and was left with nowhere to go. Fortunately, Ridge, his attractive guitar-playing neighbor offered her a place to stay until she could get her own place. ⁣
Soon enough, they find themselves creating music together as a connection also begins to build between them. True to the romance stories we love, however, there are circumstances that keep them apart and they must work to bury the emotions that surge.⁣
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Special mention goes to the amazing idea to have an accompanying soundtrack to the book. Unfortunately, I couldn’t listen to it while reading the book, but I did listen to it afterward and the songs were just perfect. ⁣
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I hate love triangles but this time I completely fell for it, The way Colleen wrote these characters is amazing, we are used to common love-triangle stories with one lead ending up the evil one but.... what I found in this book was nothing I expected. Colleen gave us an unusual love triangle because you just simply love all three people and find it hard to decide whose side you want to take. All of them trying their best to somehow make it right and prevent the hurt and angst. The characters are lovable and their sense of humor is contagious. ⁣
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That woman knows how to destroy you and break you apart and then put you back together. And this book is no exception.⁣
The values shown here are of the most important ones: trust, loyalty, friendship, honesty, love and being able to let go and forgive.⁣
⁣Totally recommend it!Favourite quotes: ⁣
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“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”⁣
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“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”
Hello peeps! ⁣ ⁣ I’m going to be very vague with my Maybe Someday plot synopsis because there are some spoilers that I can’t tell you. It’s kind of killing me, but I want to let you discover them on your own.⁣ ⁣ The book starts with Sydney, who just turned twenty-two and was having a really bad day. When she discovers her boyfriend and her roommate are having an affair - on her birthday and was left with nowhere to go. Fortunately, Ridge, his attractive guitar-playing neighbor offered her a place to stay until she could get her own place. ⁣ Soon enough, they find themselves creating music together as a connection also begins to build between them. True to the romance stories we love, however, there are circumstances that keep them apart and they must work to bury the emotions that surge.⁣ ⁣ Special mention goes to the amazing idea to have an accompanying soundtrack to the book. Unfortunately, I couldn’t listen to it while reading the book, but I did listen to it afterward and the songs were just perfect. ⁣ ⁣ I hate love triangles but this time I completely fell for it, The way Colleen wrote these characters is amazing, we are used to common love-triangle stories with one lead ending up the evil one but.... what I found in this book was nothing I expected. Colleen gave us an unusual love triangle because you just simply love all three people and find it hard to decide whose side you want to take. All of them trying their best to somehow make it right and prevent the hurt and angst. The characters are lovable and their sense of humor is contagious. ⁣ ⁣ That woman knows how to destroy you and break you apart and then put you back together. And this book is no exception.⁣ The values shown here are of the most important ones: trust, loyalty, friendship, honesty, love and being able to let go and forgive.⁣ ⁣Totally recommend it!Favourite quotes: ⁣ ⁣ “People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”⁣ ⁣ “We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”