Saturday, December 27, 2014

#BookReview: Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed

On the jacket: 

On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.  Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.  Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.  We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.


I have come to read indireads novel, they are all filled with so much love, hope, emotions and everything mush. This is Natasha Ahmed's first and let me tell you it was a delight to read.

Butterfly Season is a book about 30-year-old  Rumi and deals with love for a woman in present, modern Pakistan. It is always nice to read about young people in Pakistan, we are so similar yet so different. It's so easy to put yourself in the plots and go about leading the lives of the characters because, as I said, we are so similar!

In Butterfly Season, Rumi has just lost her mother and to recuperate from the pain that has caused back, she has come to London for a holiday. Here she meets Ahad, a publisher and drop dead gorgeous man. There is an instant attraction and without waiting  for a second to think, they start dating. Living abroad and in a relationship, we tend to forget that we have moved on but our families back home haven't. This is South Asia and we are still supposed to not love but marry. The same happens with Rumi. Her family disowns her and she has to make several choices. What unravels next is for the reader to know.
Ahmed writes really well and the book is well-edited. Living in this part of the world, we are not new to stories (a lot from the real life) where women coming from conservative families are known to break all barriers and lose themselves to love. Ahmed has put that across beautifully. This is one writer I would want to read more of, I hope she is writing!

Rating: *****/5

[This review is for IndiReads. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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