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My Review

Please accept my apologies for publishing review late. 😦

Family – Love – commitment – sacrifice – adjustments; whenever these words are Butterfly seasonread, the very first impression that comes in mind is that of a South-Asian woman particularly either an Indian or a Pakistani female. It’s not that females from other culture do not associate with such traits but the reality is that these words relate more closely to their attitude, and to be precise their culture. Culture, is the catchword here.

Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed is a saga of metamorphosis from one mental state to another. Why I say mental state?  This is because, we the slaves of heart are so much insecure about our inhibitions that most of the time, we lose our own identities in search of our roots. In the quest we unknowingly leave behind (or say ignore) the eternal happiness, you vouch for. Rumi is a Pakistani girl who falls for a moderate person, Ahad resident of London and friend of Rumi’s sister as well.

Two protagonists acting as two pillars of the story, bear all the responsibility to shed age-old customs and cultural inhibitions. Though Ahad took a bit longer but the message is clean. Rumi, like any other South-Asian girl, once again is torn between the undue choices of Friends, family and society. However, unlike other cases, she is a strong woman and she makes her mettle proven. How she accomplishes this seemingly uphill task is what the book is about.

Will she be able to admit and express her love? Will her family support her or will she be expected to compromise and forget him? Will she be emotionally blackmailed in the name of culture or will she negotiate her own deal by herself?

A strong and challenging topic taken up by a debutant author from Pakistan. I personally, admire woman with strong values and strong minds as well. Thus, this make Rumi my pick. Author Natasha Ahmed has made a decent effort to shed limelight on the Pakistani culture and its inhibitions. As the two protagonists have different approach towards life and society, readers get the fair chance to ponder on every given situation. It further takes an holistic viewpoint as the friends play their roles intelligently.

This is Natasha’s first tryst with the writing thing. She has been able to portray Pakistan on a global platform with no negative feelings in relations to customs and rituals. Kudos!

A recommended read for who accept females as strong partners in life. People with a broad mind and who are open to changing times. Do not limit your boundaries if you wish to read for enjoyment.

Book Introduction

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.