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It feels like ages since I last posted, so, I am back with a blue & white #tenonmytbr stack & a short review of a thriller I just finished on the recommendation of the lovely @iq._.ra & it was a gripping read. . This #tenonmytbr stack includes The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas/There There/Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them/The Choice/The Water Cure/The Mulberry Courtesan/The Nightingale/Midnight’s Furies/The Librarian of Auschwitz/The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society . Book Review: Lullaby a.k.a. The Perfect Nanny is a thriller/ murder story written by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor & is inspired by true events. It is a haunting tale of the brutal murder of two children by their nanny & as the title itself states, “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds”, which is bound to give you chills right from the beginning. I won’t say much about the way it starts, but it was a creepy, slow-paced story that keeps you anticipating for something bad. It gives an intimate insight into the lives of Paul & Myriam & their two children Mila & Adam. Myriam is desperate to escape from the monotony of her life confined only to her house & kids. So when she starts working again as a lawyer, she with her husband Paul decides to hire a nanny & that’s when they come across Louise, a doll-like widow, who is the PERFECT NANNY in every sense. She is working as a nanny for a long time & is always found wearing her signature peter pan collared dress with pink nail varnish & keeps everything in a perfectly pristine condition. You get to know her obsessions along with her mysterious, sometimes rigid/ cruel behavior & her innermost desires of recognition & love.  Even though I wanted a little more from the ending, but Louise’s certain actions surely sent shivers down the spine. It throws light on the busiest lives of parents engrossed in the race of earning money & fame, that the children are left solely on the Nanny’s devises. It shows the humiliating attitude of employers towards their employees despite being dependent on them. The feelings of deprivation & isolation in the Nanny leading to the violent killings are explained in depth. It was gruesome & melancholic.
It feels like ages since I last posted, so, I am back with a blue & white #tenonmytbr stack & a short review of a thriller I just finished on the recommendation of the lovely @iq._.ra & it was a gripping read. . This #tenonmytbr stack includes The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas/There There/Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them/The Choice/The Water Cure/The Mulberry Courtesan/The Nightingale/Midnight’s Furies/The Librarian of Auschwitz/The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society . Book Review: Lullaby a.k.a. The Perfect Nanny is a thriller/ murder story written by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor & is inspired by true events. It is a haunting tale of the brutal murder of two children by their nanny & as the title itself states, “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds”, which is bound to give you chills right from the beginning. I won’t say much about the way it starts, but it was a creepy, slow-paced story that keeps you anticipating for something bad. It gives an intimate insight into the lives of Paul & Myriam & their two children Mila & Adam. Myriam is desperate to escape from the monotony of her life confined only to her house & kids. So when she starts working again as a lawyer, she with her husband Paul decides to hire a nanny & that’s when they come across Louise, a doll-like widow, who is the PERFECT NANNY in every sense. She is working as a nanny for a long time & is always found wearing her signature peter pan collared dress with pink nail varnish & keeps everything in a perfectly pristine condition. You get to know her obsessions along with her mysterious, sometimes rigid/ cruel behavior & her innermost desires of recognition & love.  Even though I wanted a little more from the ending, but Louise’s certain actions surely sent shivers down the spine. It throws light on the busiest lives of parents engrossed in the race of earning money & fame, that the children are left solely on the Nanny’s devises. It shows the humiliating attitude of employers towards their employees despite being dependent on them. The feelings of deprivation & isolation in the Nanny leading to the violent killings are explained in depth. It was gruesome & melancholic.
#gifted I was literally over the moon when I was contacted for this collaboration by @aleenairfan_ It was about time that I start reading the books of @nemrahahmedniazi again because so many years have passed since I first read Jannat Ke Pattey & Mush’af. . I am overwhelmed to have received both parts of Haalim signed by the author herself. Thank you so much for them. I am eager to start my Haalim journey as soon as I am done with my current Urdu read. Now, Haalim Part 2 arrived with a super-secret letter & a discount card for the author’s dream project, which is coming soon. In fact, the details regarding the letter will be out today. Super excited to know more about it, as the letter itself was immensely intriguing. Fingers crossed for this project & sending lots of good wishes for it & all future projects. . Having said that, there was a book tour as well for Haalim Part II arranged by the amazing group of girls at @mg_literary_tours, which continued from November 1 to 7. If you are still thinking whether you should read Haalim or not, then head over to their page & the individual accounts of the participants & get to know everything about it. I truly enjoyed all the posts during this tour. . Moreover, I must mention that I was supposed to post about Haalim last week, but then I read about the surprise by the @mg_literary_tours for people who were not hosts during the book tour & decided to post it today. . You can also take part by posting your pictures of Haalim Part 2 from November 8 to 10. They will be shared in the stories of @mg_literary_tours & the best 3 will be posted on their feed. Exciting, right? . You can order your copies from @zanjabeel_official & I loved the experience of this collaboration with all my heart. Thank you. . . . . . #BetterReadsChallenge 303/365 #collaboration #authorsignedcopy #haalim #nemrahahmed #pkreaders #supportingpakistaniauthors #readingpakistan #pakistan #jannatkepattay #mushaf #namal #karakoramkatajmehal #urdu #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #booksofinstagram #literature #ilmoirfanpublishers #readersofinstagram #igreads #igreviews #instaphotography #pakistanireadersinitiative #urduliterature #zanjabeel #bookmail
#gifted I was literally over the moon when I was contacted for this collaboration by @aleenairfan_ It was about time that I start reading the books of @nemrahahmedniazi again because so many years have passed since I first read Jannat Ke Pattey & Mush’af. . I am overwhelmed to have received both parts of Haalim signed by the author herself. Thank you so much for them. I am eager to start my Haalim journey as soon as I am done with my current Urdu read. Now, Haalim Part 2 arrived with a super-secret letter & a discount card for the author’s dream project, which is coming soon. In fact, the details regarding the letter will be out today. Super excited to know more about it, as the letter itself was immensely intriguing. Fingers crossed for this project & sending lots of good wishes for it & all future projects. . Having said that, there was a book tour as well for Haalim Part II arranged by the amazing group of girls at @mg_literary_tours, which continued from November 1 to 7. If you are still thinking whether you should read Haalim or not, then head over to their page & the individual accounts of the participants & get to know everything about it. I truly enjoyed all the posts during this tour. . Moreover, I must mention that I was supposed to post about Haalim last week, but then I read about the surprise by the @mg_literary_tours for people who were not hosts during the book tour & decided to post it today. . You can also take part by posting your pictures of Haalim Part 2 from November 8 to 10. They will be shared in the stories of @mg_literary_tours & the best 3 will be posted on their feed. Exciting, right? . You can order your copies from @zanjabeel_official & I loved the experience of this collaboration with all my heart. Thank you. . . . . . #BetterReadsChallenge 303/365 #collaboration #authorsignedcopy #haalim #nemrahahmed #pkreaders #supportingpakistaniauthors #readingpakistan #pakistan #jannatkepattay #mushaf #namal #karakoramkatajmehal #urdu #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #booksofinstagram #literature #ilmoirfanpublishers #readersofinstagram #igreads #igreviews #instaphotography #pakistanireadersinitiative #urduliterature #zanjabeel #bookmail
Book Review: I had no intention to buy this book while scrolling through the website of Oxford University Press, Pakistan, but then my friend Hadia @chaddar_travels asked about it & after seeing the cover & reading the blurb, I just bought it (it being sold at almost 85% discount was another reason). #memoirsofthebadshahimosque by #talhajalal is an academic book. It is the author’s research work written in the form of a dissertation. It is undoubtedly a visual treat for the reader & the old/ new pictures of this historical mosque are bound to make one nostalgic. The book itself is only 66 pages long & covers the various periods in history, which had a special impact on this mosque (facts & figures included). The rest of the book contains Appendices to show the various records of communication between the authorities regarding the usage, repairs/ renovations, transfer of ownership to Muslims with all the requirements & regulations. Built in 1674 by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, this mosque is one of the largest mosques in the subcontinent. However, it has suffered a lot during all these years. It was used recklessly & brutally after the Sikhs invasion & later when British rulers used the Mosque & the Fort for the defence purposes given the critical location. It talks in detail about the original mosque built in 1674 & the changes it had to undergo. It was immensely saddening to read about this historical symbol of Mughal architecture being neglected & plundered. The mosque being used as a stable, ammunition depot & its wall being destroyed for security purposes during the Sikh rule & British Raj was heart-wrenching. Then, it also remained unused for twelve years as it required intense renovations & the Muslims at that time had no or limited finances. Despite the book being repetitive at times, it was an informative & enlightening read covering both historical & political aspects. It certainly felt like a trip to the past centuries. It will make you fall in love again with this mesmerizingly beautiful piece of architecture. It is something to be proud of & I hope this monumental mosque braves the test of time in the future as well. Rating 7/10
Book Review: I had no intention to buy this book while scrolling through the website of Oxford University Press, Pakistan, but then my friend Hadia @chaddar_travels asked about it & after seeing the cover & reading the blurb, I just bought it (it being sold at almost 85% discount was another reason). #memoirsofthebadshahimosque by #talhajalal is an academic book. It is the author’s research work written in the form of a dissertation. It is undoubtedly a visual treat for the reader & the old/ new pictures of this historical mosque are bound to make one nostalgic. The book itself is only 66 pages long & covers the various periods in history, which had a special impact on this mosque (facts & figures included). The rest of the book contains Appendices to show the various records of communication between the authorities regarding the usage, repairs/ renovations, transfer of ownership to Muslims with all the requirements & regulations. Built in 1674 by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, this mosque is one of the largest mosques in the subcontinent. However, it has suffered a lot during all these years. It was used recklessly & brutally after the Sikhs invasion & later when British rulers used the Mosque & the Fort for the defence purposes given the critical location. It talks in detail about the original mosque built in 1674 & the changes it had to undergo. It was immensely saddening to read about this historical symbol of Mughal architecture being neglected & plundered. The mosque being used as a stable, ammunition depot & its wall being destroyed for security purposes during the Sikh rule & British Raj was heart-wrenching. Then, it also remained unused for twelve years as it required intense renovations & the Muslims at that time had no or limited finances. Despite the book being repetitive at times, it was an informative & enlightening read covering both historical & political aspects. It certainly felt like a trip to the past centuries. It will make you fall in love again with this mesmerizingly beautiful piece of architecture. It is something to be proud of & I hope this monumental mosque braves the test of time in the future as well. Rating 7/10
Book Review: “Kar-e-Jahan Daraaz Hai” is a 1038 pages long autobiography of Quratulain Hyder. It is a collection of 3 books & I will be reviewing each book separately. It is not only about the life of the author but also about her ancestors. It begins from the year 740 & takes the reader on the historical journey of all the years to come. The 1st book ends in the year 1943 when Syed Sajjad Haider, Yildrim (her father) dies (it was devastating). It is a labyrinthine tale of all the people with whom she is related in one way or another, either from her father’s side or her mother’s. The family tree & lineage is elaborated in immense detail. There are countless relations & events. I initially thought to make a manual family tree, but there were just too many relationships, i.e., uncles, aunties, grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, siblings & others, related by blood or friendship.  The main points to ponder in this book are All these people were quite humble & kind These gave importance to others be it family members, friends or acquaintances Everyone was strongly connected & they were always together in happiness & grief There were so many tragic deaths & people died young. They actively took part in bringing a change in the society despite the restrictions Sajjad Haider & Nazar Baqar (her mother) along with their fellows worked for the empowerment of women in the real sense Education of both genders was essential Even after being associated with government services, these men, women & their ancestors never bribed anyone & always took the right path They traveled a lot! I was surprised at her mother’s ability to shift from one place to another so frequently It is nostalgic & enlightening to read about historical events & how they affected their lives One gets to know the intimate side of numerous legendary writers, reformers, revolutionaries, poets, educationists & intellectuals Religious harmony, relatively liberal mindset & acceptance of various beliefs Long-lasting friendships Intellectual discussions & the atmosphere full of wisdom It intricately deals with the transformation of ideas, traditions, thought processes & culture (Continued)
Book Review: “Kar-e-Jahan Daraaz Hai” is a 1038 pages long autobiography of Quratulain Hyder. It is a collection of 3 books & I will be reviewing each book separately. It is not only about the life of the author but also about her ancestors. It begins from the year 740 & takes the reader on the historical journey of all the years to come. The 1st book ends in the year 1943 when Syed Sajjad Haider, Yildrim (her father) dies (it was devastating). It is a labyrinthine tale of all the people with whom she is related in one way or another, either from her father’s side or her mother’s. The family tree & lineage is elaborated in immense detail. There are countless relations & events. I initially thought to make a manual family tree, but there were just too many relationships, i.e., uncles, aunties, grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, siblings & others, related by blood or friendship.  The main points to ponder in this book are All these people were quite humble & kind These gave importance to others be it family members, friends or acquaintances Everyone was strongly connected & they were always together in happiness & grief There were so many tragic deaths & people died young. They actively took part in bringing a change in the society despite the restrictions Sajjad Haider & Nazar Baqar (her mother) along with their fellows worked for the empowerment of women in the real sense Education of both genders was essential Even after being associated with government services, these men, women & their ancestors never bribed anyone & always took the right path They traveled a lot! I was surprised at her mother’s ability to shift from one place to another so frequently It is nostalgic & enlightening to read about historical events & how they affected their lives One gets to know the intimate side of numerous legendary writers, reformers, revolutionaries, poets, educationists & intellectuals Religious harmony, relatively liberal mindset & acceptance of various beliefs Long-lasting friendships Intellectual discussions & the atmosphere full of wisdom It intricately deals with the transformation of ideas, traditions, thought processes & culture (Continued)
Book Review: I have a special fascination with books related to the partition of Undivided India. No matter how much I read, I will always be intrigued by this subject. So, when I came across #partitionvoices by @kavpuri, I just had to get it. It is different from other books as it deals with the experiences of people who chose to live in Britain after partition. Be it the Anglo-Indians, Muslims, Hindus, or anyone who migrated from India/ Pakistan after 1947. The recollections included in the book were part of the interviews conducted by the author for BBC Radio 4 for their three-part series called Partition Voices. This book is significant as it contains the experiences & insights revealed after 70 years of silence. They chose to keep the horrible memories to themselves so that the future generations are not burdened with their emotional baggage. It is essential to know & talk about this historical event, as many people who witnessed the partition themselves or heard from their parents are in the age bracket of 70-80 & if their stories are not heard now, then the future generations will never know about this catastrophic migration. These stories are bound to touch the deepest chords of your heart & mind. To describe an event to your children, when you or your close relatives might be involved in some cruel act during the time of madness, surely demands courage. The elements of pain, tragedy, loss, kindness, humanity, brutality, trauma, chaos & rehabilitation struggles are evident throughout. The reader gets to know about the lives of all these people when they resided in India & how the atmosphere changed. It talks about the luxurious life led by the British/ Anglo-Indians & how people resented/ hated them when the trouble arrived in the form of protests & communal riots. Moreover, it throws light on their decisions of migrating to Britain, which was the reason behind this mess. Most of the South Asians worked super hard to achieve something amazing in their lives. The nostalgia for the homeland stayed with them. It made me immensely sad whenever I found out that the interviewee is no more in this world & died after a few years of these interviews. Rating 8/10
Book Review: I have a special fascination with books related to the partition of Undivided India. No matter how much I read, I will always be intrigued by this subject. So, when I came across #partitionvoices by @kavpuri, I just had to get it. It is different from other books as it deals with the experiences of people who chose to live in Britain after partition. Be it the Anglo-Indians, Muslims, Hindus, or anyone who migrated from India/ Pakistan after 1947. The recollections included in the book were part of the interviews conducted by the author for BBC Radio 4 for their three-part series called Partition Voices. This book is significant as it contains the experiences & insights revealed after 70 years of silence. They chose to keep the horrible memories to themselves so that the future generations are not burdened with their emotional baggage. It is essential to know & talk about this historical event, as many people who witnessed the partition themselves or heard from their parents are in the age bracket of 70-80 & if their stories are not heard now, then the future generations will never know about this catastrophic migration. These stories are bound to touch the deepest chords of your heart & mind. To describe an event to your children, when you or your close relatives might be involved in some cruel act during the time of madness, surely demands courage. The elements of pain, tragedy, loss, kindness, humanity, brutality, trauma, chaos & rehabilitation struggles are evident throughout. The reader gets to know about the lives of all these people when they resided in India & how the atmosphere changed. It talks about the luxurious life led by the British/ Anglo-Indians & how people resented/ hated them when the trouble arrived in the form of protests & communal riots. Moreover, it throws light on their decisions of migrating to Britain, which was the reason behind this mess. Most of the South Asians worked super hard to achieve something amazing in their lives. The nostalgia for the homeland stayed with them. It made me immensely sad whenever I found out that the interviewee is no more in this world & died after a few years of these interviews. Rating 8/10
Book Review: First things first, this book is gorgeous! It emits such exquisite & luxurious vibes. Secondly, thank you so much @safinah.danishelahi for sending your book titled #theunbridledromanceofloveandpain my way in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it on my fellow bloggers’ accounts. It came in a beautiful packaging which touched my heart instantly. It is a hardback edition (another plus) & the pages inside are subtly patterned, which surely adds to the reading experience. The bougainvillea on the cover is already one of my favorite flowers. “She was unapologetic In both her beauty And tragedy.” Coming to the content, it is a short poetry book & I completed reading it in less than 30 mins. So, if you enjoy reading the modern free-verse poetry which comes in a pretty cover, then this book is definitely for you. “I fear I might lose you, Not because I don’t love you enough, But because I love you too much.” The poems are relatable & can resonate with you on a personal level. They talk about love, nature, life lessons, memories, emotions, beauty (both human & worldly), relationships, dreams, pain, love, matters of the heart, tragedy & universe on the whole. The poems that deal with the connection between the parents (esp. mothers) & their children were heartwarming. “Not let anyone Have power over you So great That they end up Making you feel Small.” Moreover, they also throw light on being unapologetic, how beauty can be found in everything & your physical appearance shouldn’t matter much. Everyone is beautiful in his or her way.  These verses truly resemble the phenomenon of speaking volumes using fewer words. Because you can convey a significant message in a few words & there is no need to always exaggerate. Also, quality matters. I relished the longer poems more, though. “Oh darling, There is no such thing As a safe risk You may have to expose  Your heart To lengths unimaginable.” It was a quick read & I enjoyed it thoroughly. P.S. I don’t know why, but I loved the dedication part of this book. It was cute. Rating 8.5/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 279/365
Book Review: First things first, this book is gorgeous! It emits such exquisite & luxurious vibes. Secondly, thank you so much @safinah.danishelahi for sending your book titled #theunbridledromanceofloveandpain my way in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it on my fellow bloggers’ accounts. It came in a beautiful packaging which touched my heart instantly. It is a hardback edition (another plus) & the pages inside are subtly patterned, which surely adds to the reading experience. The bougainvillea on the cover is already one of my favorite flowers. “She was unapologetic In both her beauty And tragedy.” Coming to the content, it is a short poetry book & I completed reading it in less than 30 mins. So, if you enjoy reading the modern free-verse poetry which comes in a pretty cover, then this book is definitely for you. “I fear I might lose you, Not because I don’t love you enough, But because I love you too much.” The poems are relatable & can resonate with you on a personal level. They talk about love, nature, life lessons, memories, emotions, beauty (both human & worldly), relationships, dreams, pain, love, matters of the heart, tragedy & universe on the whole. The poems that deal with the connection between the parents (esp. mothers) & their children were heartwarming. “Not let anyone Have power over you So great That they end up Making you feel Small.” Moreover, they also throw light on being unapologetic, how beauty can be found in everything & your physical appearance shouldn’t matter much. Everyone is beautiful in his or her way.  These verses truly resemble the phenomenon of speaking volumes using fewer words. Because you can convey a significant message in a few words & there is no need to always exaggerate. Also, quality matters. I relished the longer poems more, though. “Oh darling, There is no such thing As a safe risk You may have to expose  Your heart To lengths unimaginable.” It was a quick read & I enjoyed it thoroughly. P.S. I don’t know why, but I loved the dedication part of this book. It was cute. Rating 8.5/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 279/365

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