Here is another book review. Even if you are a feminist or not, I am sure this story will touch your heart.
Author: Monisha K Gumber
Publisher: LEADING TRAILS (19 April 2018)
My rating: 4/5
What the Author has to say about the book:
A tale of utter desperation and fierce hope. And a fight for honour. Meet Sawera. A beautiful and Sensual woman. Born in Pakistan, raised in the Middle East and abused wherever she goes. Struggling to find acceptance, which eludes her over and over again, she ends up being an outcast. Who belongs nowhere and to no-one.
Used and manipulated by the men she loved, from the depths of her soul she claims her self-respect, along with the faith to overcome her pitiful circumstances.
Where does she find her strength? What is the breaking point? How does she get over the demons of her past? Follow the story of Sawera, a child born of midnight into the dawn of new hope. Uncover the secrets and conspiracies that make her the woman she is. Read her story, a story of survival.
About the Author:
Monisha K Gumber is the author of immensely popular Teen Novels with pictures called Sick of being Healthy and its critically acclaimed sequel called Dying to Live, which is part of ‘Most Memorable Books of 2017’ on Amazon India.
Inspired by the lives of immigrant women who work in foreign lands to fund a better future for their families back home, Bahir is her first book for Adults. She had many years of corporate experience which seemed enough to go on till she decided to move into the arena of writing and hopes to tell entertaining, simple yet motivational stories that make a difference.
She is also passionate about alternative healing and wishes true health and happiness for all. Currently she lives in the UAE with her family including two dogs and two cats.
The morning or the beginning of the day is called Sawera in Hindi and Urdu. This heart wrenching yet heart-warming story is of a girl, our protagonist ‘Sawera’. Compromise, adjustment, and sacrifice enters her destiny and life from the moment she is born. When her birth mother decides to give her away to her sister who is childless. Born is Pakistan, brought up in Saudi Arabia. The story toggles between these two places. Sometimes we become judgmental about Sawera as she becomes one about her mother.
The struggles and confusion of a teenager about their physical and emotional changes are very well depicted. Sawera’s life is always a roller-coaster of emotions, expectations, failure and fighting back. She suffers a lot in her relationships. There is violence, betrayal, friendship, love, hate and all the emotions that make and break a character. She survives a bad relationship with relatives, an abusive marriage, a betrayal, slavery and even rape. Her desire and fight to give her kids a good life and take them out of poverty is commendable.
The author has given due weightage to all the characters. This story has close similarities with many needy people ready to go to any extent to go ‘Bahir’ or abroad. In the hope that, only then they will have a happy life.
A beautiful girl is on the cover. which makes it pretty clear that she is the central character and the story revolves around her. There is no on and nothing important except her.
The language of the book is easy to understand. The story is gripping, sometimes it becomes predictable, yet you cannot skip even a single page. Till the end it keeps the reader curious to know what happened next? Did Sawera survive? Was she able to find, what she deserved and crave for, Love? What about her kids?
The book is surely an entertainer, sometimes you laugh on her stupidity and sometimes you cry seeing her suffer. Grab this book, get on the roller coaster ride of emotions right away.