Title: The ContractThe contract

Author: Zeenat Mahal

Publisher: Indireads

Pages: 108

Date: June 12, 2013

My review

Do you abide by all the laws you are exposed to? What should be the extent of punishment in case somebody revokes it? Nevertheless, are relationships binding enough to be bound by some cheeky laws and papers, technically termed as ‘The Contract’?

Contract Marriage is a comparatively new ideology taken up by couples who think that they can limit the emotions under the influence of certain sentences, called – ‘terms and conditions’. But, the reality is that these sentences are merely termed conditionally. Yes, they do get terminated as the conditions change. This story is an emotional saga of change in conditions, both for bride and the groom, who are forced into a marriage guided by a contract!

One party is a single mother, who is a self-dependent and a literate women, who has all the capability to nurture and tend her kid with all respect and due intellect; while another is a sassy businessman, who father a small son. Both are well equipped with the basic amenities and resources to lead decent lives but are family complete in true sense without all the members? And, is it considered complete with all the members present technically, but not heartedly? Author – Zeenat Mahal, presents her testimony and advocates the blessings and guidance of ‘love’ in marital and parental relationships alike.

For the readers, who have read her work titled, ‘Haveli’ earlier should be well informed about her impeccable writing skills and for those, who are reading her for the first time, simply be a mute spectator of what she has to offer and she will leave short of words! As, I am feeling right now despite being one of her admirer. She is a blessed writer who spreads ‘the fragrance of motherland’ through her prose. She hails from Pakistan and her understanding of Pakistani culture and her admiration oozes from her stories and characters alike.

She is from modern Pakistan and so are her characters. They are not victims of fate rather they are strong, brainy and admirable. They are influential enough to leave a strong impression in your minds and eyes as well. Within this attempt, she condemns the issues of social / domestic violence and disrespect for human lives and emotions. Her strategy has been to write neat stories with evident causes demanding attention and reactions. Her writing style provokes you to come into action taking brain and heart, hand-in-hand.

This time, she has added ‘drama’ to her story for catering to the quench of readers belonging to that genre and they will be satisfied with her offerings. This is yet another chance to peep into the region and society of ‘Pakistan’ through her window of books railed with handful of pages! There are so many instances that you will enjoy reading and enrich your understanding about her homeland, which is otherwise not well known worldwide.

You should read the story to enjoy how easy it is play with words – words from ‘The Contract’. Don’t forget to share your verdict with me too. J

Book Introduction

“…We’ll get married, but I’ll pay you a monthly salary to behave and appear for all practical purposes as my wife…If you agree, the marriage vows can be taken on the phone on Saturday, since I have an hour free in the morning.”

Shahira, a young, divorced mother of a seven-year-old son, wants nothing to do with men ever again. But circumstances have forced her hand, and Hussain’s unusual proposition leaves her secretly relieved. As per their contract, she’ll have his name, will be paid to look after his ailing mother and motherless daughter and will be left well alone by him. Perfect!

Until her new husband decides to stop playing by the rules.

Hussain is suave and rich. He is nobody’s fool…and is not about to be bested by the ex-schoolteacher he is married to. He has Shahira in his sights and she has to have all her wits about her in order to hold him at arm’s length.