The Banned book that moved my soul. I could relate to it on so many different levels. Yes, it focuses on women, but it isn’t about feminism and equal rights.
It’s a complete insight on a woman’s life. Whether oppressed or an independent bird, every female will relate to it at a point. The social hardships and narration of beautiful bonds are so realistic that you can feel the protagonist stir within you.
How the protagonist evolves takes me by surprise. From a school going girl forced into early marriage to an elegant aged women with three grown up kids, the stages of life that a woman goes through are beautifully narrated. The way a mother feels for her children, understands them, looks carefully into their actions, seeks motivation from them and most importantly learn from them is put forward in a mesmerizing manner.
We are far more stronger than we think we are, life story of Massoumeh proves the point. Even if you stand at a place where moving forward in life seems impossible, somehow you always get the energy from an invincible source to go through it. This is the life story of a girl who chose to be independent in a country where girls who don’t wear chador or headscarf are considered to bring shame to family. She chose to be independent when her brothers believed educating a girl will bring shame to family. Things were never in her favor even when she reached the end of her youth, yet again, she chose to be independent.
Shreshtha Singh Rathore is Content Brewer at Kaffeinated Konversations. She shared this review on Facebook and we are delighted to put this up here. Shreshtha is currently an undergraduate who’s passionate about reading and dreams of building her own empire.