Title: Pyar ka Pehla Shehr – پیا ر کا پہلا شہر
Author: Mustansar Hussain Tarar
Year of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 262
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Rabia Naveed – April 26, 2019
Review: When i read first review of good reads while updating review disappointed me a lot. I ignored it and starte to read it in bits and parts. The story grasp my mind n attention rapidly and i changed my reading speed towards read it fast to know more and more, what will be next, what will happen to them. I have read few books of Tarar sb. I like all of his books. His style tow the attention of the reader towards the main plot and enhance the curiosity. No matter its love story or travelogue. In this book he chosen the place for love is Paris. We all know Paris as city of love. In some parts of book i feel exegeration of sentiment of main character Sanan. And over acting of herione Pascal. It’s fictional and it remains because we can think it really happen ever to anyone or in today’s world this kind of love and people are not available in this society and era. End of the story break my heart a little but side by side I’m happy on this separation which was really need of the stories and author choose beautiful way to end it. Some love stories remain incomplete for life time and this incompleteness make them neautiful. Because they are not practical for anyone. Recommended to all #rabiareads
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javaid.anum513 – January 10, 2019
Pyar ka pehla sheher: Book length: 262 pages Language : Urdu Author: Mustansir Hussain.
There are some books which legit leave you mesmerized and the author casts such a spell that you can feel every second of the story as you are living it. Pyar ka pehla sheher is one of such reads. Mustansir Hussain has done an amazing job and the reader cannot put this book down even for a second.
The story revolves around a boy Sunan, who loves travelling and a handicapped girl Pascal, who is suffering from inferiority complex. It is also a beautiful amalgamation of love, history and present of Paris and it also shows how each human being is confined in all types of constraints which are physical for some and for some they are culture, religion, circumstances or different parts of world.
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Arqam awan (verified owner) – January 15, 2019
پیار کا پہلا شہر Urdu culture is fertile with awesome writers but Travelogue is the specificity of “Mustansan Hussain Tarar”. As I got the book “پیار کا پہلا شہر” and starts to read I have no idea that a Travelogue and a love story could be so beautifully interwoven. As my reads begin I fell into the book, I traveled with “Sanan” in each and every street of Paris. I felt Myself live in France. How beautifully He has capture the scenes! No camera could ever do it more than the words author has written. If I come to know the story, other than backdrop the battle of emotions, is so bravely fought that I could not say whose Passions and Emotions won that battle. I wept with “Passcal” and my heart pinched with “Sanan” All the small characters of the story have also great impact on the story. Jenny a women who wants nothing but respect, Her dialogs hit my heart. “ایک جگہ رہنے سے ہی ساکت ہونے سے ہی شاخیں پھوٹتی ہیں پھر ان میں پھول کھلتے ہیں” I want to add a poem about the character of “Passcal” Every woman is handicapped Every women need crutch of man’s Love and respect in every age Every country, in every place
Farhat Fatima (verified owner) – January 17, 2019
PIYAR KA PEHLA SHEHAR BY MUSTANSAR HUSSAIN TARAR
Mustansar Hussain Tarar is a very famous name in Urdu literature. I guess, everyone in Pakistan knows him and they MUST. His writing style is so simple yet mesmerizing that you don’t want to stop reading even for a single second.
Piyar ka Pehla Shehar was my very first novel of Tarar sahab and believe me, my mind is blown! This is such an outstanding piece of literature and I fell in love right after starting it. The story is so gripping and intriguing that you just want to finish it in one sit. The romance shown in the novel is so pure and innocent.
The story revolves around two main characters, Sunan and Pascal. Sunan is a Pakistani tourist. He met Pascal on the steamer while going to the Paris. Later on, he finds out about Pascal’s disability that se can’t walk properly. Soon after their second meeting, they both fall in love with each other. And then their romantic tale starts. ♥
I love how he portrayed that disability can’t only be physical, but can also be societal disability. How the culture, society and mindsets of people can make a person disabled, just like Jenny.
The ending is so tragic, that it left me stunned and speechless. I guess, I’ve finally found a novel with tragic ending which I LOVE so dearly and will read it again and again, even tho I HATE heart-rending endings.
I highly recommend this novel to everyone. Every person must read this beauty. And many writers must take notes from him that how to write romamce with no vulgarity.
ne ha – January 18, 2019
پیار کا پہلا شہر از مُستنصر حسین تارڑ
تارڑ صاحب کو بہت زیادہ نہیں پڑھ پائی مگر جتنا پڑھا لاجواب لگا.. پیار کا پہلا شہر انکی پہلی تحریر ہے جس کا مطالعہ میں نے آج سے دو سال قبل کیا تھا مگر ان کا خوبصورت اندازِ تحریر اور لفظوں کی گہرائی کو ابھی بھی محسوس کرسکتی ہوں.. بلاشبہ یہ ایک قابلِ مطالعہ تحریر ہے جس کا موازنہ شاید دوسری کی تحریر سے نہ کیا جاسکے. تارڈ جی نے پیرس کو پیار کا پہلا شہر لکھا ہے گو کہ اب سارا جہان پیرس کو *شہرِ محبت* کے نام سے جانتا ہے مگر اس شہر سے اُنسیت تارڈ صاحب کا یہ خوبصورت ناول پڑھنے کے بعد کچھ اور بھی بڑھ گئی… اس کہانی کے دو مرکزی کردار ہیں ‘سنان’ اور ‘پاسکل’ .. سنان جو کہ ایک پاکستانی سیاح ہے اس کی ملاقات لندن سے پیرس جانے والے سٹریمر پر ہوتی ہے اور وہیں سنان کو پاسکل کی آنکھوں کی خوبصورت سحرزدہ کردیتی ہے. سفر کے اختتام پر سنان کو پاسکل کی معذوری کا علم ہوتا ہے جسے جاننے کے بعد سنان کی آنکھوں میں پاسکل کے لیے ہمدردی کا جذبہ اُبھرتا دیکھ پاسکل کا دل اداس ہوجاتا ہے.. معذوری صرف اعضاء کی نہیں ہوتی ایک معذوری ذہنی بھی ہوتی جس کو بہت منفرد انداز میں تحریر کیا گیا ہے.. پیرس کی خوبصورتی چاہے ماند پڑ جائے مگر ائیفل ٹاور کی دلکشی سے سارا پیرس جگماتا ہوا محسوس ہوتا ہے. جس طرح سنان کو پیرس کی خوبصورتی نے جکڑا اور وہ پاسکل کی محبت میں بہتا سین کی اُمیق گہرائیوں میں ڈوب ڈوب کے اُبھرتا رہا وہیں پاسکل کو سنان کی محبت تاریکی میں روشن چاند کی طرح محسوس ہوئی ایسا چاند جس کی تابناکی سے پورا آسمان منور ہوجاتا ہے.. محبت کی یہ انوکھی داستان جتنی دلچسپ اور اچھوتی ہے اس کا انجام اتنا ہی کربناک ہے… پاسکل کی محبت اور اس کے پیرس کو الوداع کہتا سنان کسی پتھر کے بت جیسا محسوس ہوتا ہے اختتامی لمحات میں جہاں پاسکل کے آنسو اپنے دل پہ گرتے محسوس ہوتے ہیں..
ranjhatehreem (verified owner) – January 21, 2019
Mustansar Hussain Tarar is quite a familiar name for readers of Urdu literature. Whenever you see a stack of urdu books you’re bound to find him in there. Like many others I mostly knew him for writing epic travelogues until I got my hands on “پیار کا پہلا شہر”. The novel, as the title suggests is a lovely story taking place in a lovely city. Tarar Sahab’s compelling imagery of Paris combined with beautiful raw emotions gives you a sweet heartache. You can almost smell the fragrance in the air and hear the music of the river while reading and if that’s not the peak joy of reading, I don’t know what is. Of course, the novel has a bit of a touch of travelogues and that’s exactly what makes it unique and refreshing. No matter at what age or time you read it, it gives you nostalgia for a place you’ve never been to and the feeling of falling in love with a person you’ve never met. As beautiful and witty as the whole novel is, the end is equally heart wrenching. You low-key know throughout the novel what’s coming but the way Tarar Sahab creates the spectacle still stuns you. And that heartbreak is justified too after all: ریت کی دیواروں سے بنا تھا پیار کا پہلا شہر
Bookfueled_ray – January 24, 2019
*پیار کا پہلا شہر* The name itself is appealing for all fiction lovers and when the book reveals Mustansar Hussain Tarar is the writer, the desire to grab this book and start reading increases even more… As Mustansar Sahb is famous for his travelogues, this book offers you a unique romance-travelogue of Pascal a gorgeous, delicate, unlucky girl and Sinan, a sensitive hearted, adventurous traveller who is visiting Paris as a check point to his world tour goal. Tarar Sahb has an incredible way to describe the whole scenario that captivates the readers till end. It beautifully describes that the matters of heart are far away from physical flaws yet only few people have ability to love others beyond their disabilities. Otherwise, ‘Pakistani Mardon ko aksar aesi Mohabat ho hi jaya krti hai’ This book is going to make you feel both happy and sad at the same time. There is no doubt about their love & feelings for each other but they were destined to part ways. It broke my heart! ? Read it to know their story.
Lyba Asim (verified owner) – February 3, 2019
Review on: Pyar ka pehla shehr To be honest I’ve never read Tarar sahab before and all i knew was that he is an author whose speciality is writing travelouges and as im not real into travelouges i never thought of reading his books.
In the last days i saw all of the bookstagrammers going crazy after Pyar ka pehla shehr due to which i ordered it and i DONT regret at all al for that.
Pyar ka pehla shehr is a book on a tourist whom we call siyah in urdu named ‘ Sanan’ he travels to paris and on his way to paris he meet a handicapped girl whose name is ‘pascal’ the story then starts revolving around these two people who realize after ed some time that they’ve developed some deep feelings of love for eachother. As Tarar sahab is prone to write travelouges he has also added some pinch of a travelouge in this and that is what makes it superior that many other novels. The story has a bunch of twists and a very heart wrenching end. But this does not spoil the fun the book is no doubt a fantastic one and i recommend it to every one.
khawajaghania (verified owner) – February 4, 2019
Pyaar Ka Pehla Sheher is not a book, not pages inked with a storyline. It is life. It is a reality.
I remember reading an excerpt from the book. And it was so intricately put, so beautifully structured, with bots of pure urdu language making me fall harder for it. I love URDU. And Especially the people having *Adbi zouq* and So this book has definitely MY KIND OF TASTE.
This is my first read from Muntansir Hussain Tarrar ‘s works. And I’m so happy about that.
This book is structured on the idea of love. A person’s first Love in love’s first city. A realist, a lover, a traveller and a Pakistani boy Sannan. (کرسمس کی شام کو یہاں سے ہزاروں میل دور میں اپنے کمرے میں بیٹھا اپنے پہلے پیار کو۔۔ تمہیں۔۔ اور پیار کے پہلے شہر۔۔ پیرس کو یاد کروں گا۔)
Wallah. (Hear me SCREAMING)
Tarrar Sahib has highlighted the idea of محبت through incapacitation.
We humans fall in love. But are, in Tarrar’s words, اپاہج. We are the tyrants to our own bodies. We are our own debilities. We are murderers of our own very souls.
Tarrar says, that Muhabbat is not confined to the boundaries of beauty, person’s own will, or mehboob’s enfeeblement.
It is the soul that’s connected. It is the warmth recollection of memories of beloved and the lover that stays forever.
Mehboob is not ‘beautiful’. Mehboob is the one who’s the ‘beloved’, regardless of him/her being physically or mentally unfit and deficient. ( پسکل: اطالوی زبان میں پیا ایک خوبصورت لڑکی کو کہتے ہیں۔ سنان: ہمارے ہاں پیا محبوب کو کہتے ہیں چاہے وہ خوبصورت نہ بھی ہو۔)
Tarrar narrates, that every person is incapacitate or handicapped. (اپاہج)
This can be either physical or of mind, of relations, of your own limits.
With pops of realities, Paris ki سیر, the enveloping love in the air, old musical classics playing and humming the trees, the resplendence of دریائے سین, introduction to different people committed to different professions, the story hugs different characters, whom Sannan meets.
The flirtatious talks of Madam Zee, the bald Parrot with its constant ‘ٹیں ٹیں’، the drunken American driver, the lazy bugger-Painter Paul, the Pakistani Kahari Sahib who’s quite warm hearted, are all fun to read about.
This travelogue of Paris, described through love’s eyes, realistic thoughts and characters to mourn and cherish in heart, fixes its part, on two main subjects. 1) Love beyond beauty, 2) and the idea of self acceptance. The idea of loving yourself, no matter how filthy you are. The ‘will’ to accept your flaws and your inner beauty. These all things make this Book my DREAM NOVEL. My ultimate wishbook. And A MUST READ for you all.
Two women that etched their characters into my Heart are Pascal and Jenny.
Both are handicapped. And you need to read the book to find out how.
One of the finest books in Literature, Pyar Ka Pehla Shehar inculcates a sense, an emotion, a pure احساس, to love. To fall in love with the idea of love. With a love BEYOND borders, restrictions of thoughts. And then to cherish this love for a lifetime. Even in the absence of the beloved, with memories.
It breathes desire of being loved too. Every person is thirsty for love. Everyone wants to be loved. And so is narrated in the story, either examplified through the story of Hunchback of Notre dame or through tales of Beauty Goddess Venus de milo.
Some of my favourite key words include سٹیمر، ریڈ کورٹ، نیلی آنکھیں، مشرقی لڑکی، سنین، جھمکے، راج ہنس، گلاب۔
So GUYS!! Read it and find out WHY are they my faves. I give this book FIVE STARS.
Sawera Dedar (verified owner) – February 7, 2019
So, now I know why a lot of people suggested me to read this book and I also know that I am a total idiot for not getting to it sooner than I have. Thank you so much @parh_likh for sending me this unique piece of heart-wrenching beauty. The story starts with a tourist named Sunan who meets a girl named Pascal on his way to Paris. There is something about Pascal which hooked me the moment it was revealed, and then, the book was almost turning it’s own pages for me. Sunan and Pascal realize they are deeply in love with each other, but there are some choices that Sunan must take. And, Pascal, with her life already torn apart at a very young age, will make you fall head over heels for her. It’s a sweet, romantic story and takes some very twisted up turns that will break your heart in a thousand pieces. I rate this book 5/5 stars even though it deserves much more love than I can possibly give on a review. You just have to see the magic of this book on your own. So, don’t waste another second and READ pyar ka Pehla Shehr. ???
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