I think I should simply start by saying that give me anything with family drama and partition backdrop and I’ll read it happily. Apart from that, I think it’s quite an average read for somebody whose favorite genre is not family drama/partition. Summed it up pretty fast, yeah?
This is the 18th book that I read as part of last year’s Brunch Book Challenge. I wanted to read it since a long time because, okay, the cover was way too attractive. I want that maang tikka! 😀
The thing I liked the most about it is that Lahore (now in Pakistan) was described extremely beautifully. The way it made me yearn to physically see that place as how it is described is mind-boggling! As for the story, *tiny spoiler alert*, it is essentially a love story but with a lot of family drama thrown in. The problem is that it’s a story of miserable love and sadly I did not feel bad enough for the protagonists. I just couldn’t establish a connection with either of them, I am sure they had their reasons to do things, but I just wasn’t able to understand or take in their point of view, I always felt that they should stop bringing such agony upon themselves. The attention to detail towards people, places, food & culture was remarkable along with defining even the supporting characters beautifully. In general, I enjoyed reading it. It’s not a you-can’t-miss-this book but a nice read if you like the genre. 🙂