UnWanted Conversations – Poem #11 – (2021)

Learn to write safe words, my love.
You never know,
Who is going through what!
Never utter coward language
It shatters into millions someone’s heart.
When written or spoken
Over and over again
Someone collapse
Until he cannot escape from himself
Then misery is enough to cover horizons
Tears are enough to water the deserts
Death is enough to be at peace.

© Shuhab Abro

Haveli (Book review)

The book is set five years after the first book “Shababu: Daughter of the wind.” Now Shababu is the fourth wife of the wealthy landowner, who is 40 years older than her. Shabanu and her husband Rahim have a five years old daughter Mumtaz.
I found the description of rich, nurturing community of women most fascinating in this continuation of Shababu: Daughter of the wind. They lead such hard lives and yet found it possible to love, laugh and live. The community of wealthier women – those with leisure are cruel and hateful.
This is a strong novel that truly captured my interest. First the setting is vivid, so well described that I felt I was really there experiencing through my eyes.
This sequel to Shabanu has moments of heartbreak as well. As for the plot it resisted predictability and did not cave in to any happily ever after clichès just like Shabanu.
I loved everything about Haveli. The lyrical language, wisdom and the message to the readers who feel trapped seeing nothing but misery in their future.
I think my favorite theme of this book is the idea that we always have choices. Sometimes the choices aren’t easy, but we always have them.

Shabanu: Daughter of the wind (Book Review)

A beautiful portrayal of the life of a girl growing up among camel-dealing nomads in Cholistan desert. Shabanu is a strong-willed and independent 11 year old girl, she will turn 12 in a few months. Her mother warns “Shabanu, you are wild as the wind, you must learn to obey, otherwise… I’m very afraid of you.”

Shabanu is the youngest daughter in her family. She loves the desert, loves her camels. She describes a world with little water, little comfort and yet rich with life.

As the arranged marriage of Shabanu’s sister approaches, and her own wedding is planned next year. Shabanu confronts her fear and apprehension, she scarcely knows the man she is expected to wed. What if she does not obey? Before the ceremonies take place. However, disaster strikes, Shabanu and Phulan (Shabanu’s sister) out alone and threatened with rape by a powerful local landlord. They escape, but humiliate him. In revenge, he kills Phulan’s betrothed and threatens to cut off the family’s water supply, as one condition for restoring peace. Shabanu must marry the landlord’s older brother. With the help of a wise, loving aunt, shabanu learn to curb and conceal her powerful will and channel it to bring her peace of mind.

This fictional book is very well-written. Author’s style is sprawling and spacious, relaxed when that is the tone called for but able to turn on a dime and become very intense too. I’m not sure what goals author had in her mind while writing this book. Whatever they were though I have to believe that she was supremely successful in accomplishing them.

Auther tells a well-plotted story with plenty of twists and turns & ups and downs. Gracefully leads us in a procession of wisdom and understanding towards a greater realization of the meaning of our lives.