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.
To say that I loved this masterpiece by Monisha K Gumber, would be an understatement. Usually I prefer to stay away from genres like this one because I was never really able to develop any kind of interest in them but this book proved to be a mind blowing change for my genre choices and I can’t thank the author enough for that.
Bahir is a book about Survival. Survival is a big and a difficult term to express; this book has been the paragon to do this arduous and challenging task. The book begins with the fateful birth of our protagonist, Sawera, who like the light of dawn brought good luck to her family during the initial years. As she grew and landed into the jaws of confusing teenage years, she started discovering her new found femininity which always delighted her but during these eventful years the lady luck hid behind the cloud for her which made her get dogged by misfortunes and adversity. Raised in Saudi Arabia, the lack of shine of dame fortune on her landed her with an abusive husband in Pakistan, who did nothing but satiate his lust by exploiting her with no shame and humiliation. Finally managing to get back to Saudi, hoping to get free from the shackles, she, somehow was able to get God bestow the talent of beautifying people, on her, which was one of the only things she was grateful for. Having 4 children to keep care of and the constant bullying, abusing and manhandling she suffered was enough to break anyone’s spirits and to take away their dreams and the life they had hoped for, All the hardships were enough to have a person emotionally beaten down to the point where they go from being who they were to someone who has lost all hopes but our protagonist wasn’t the one to get beaten down. After falling again and again, she rose back onto her feet with her indomitable courage and unshakeable hope. In her earnest endeavor, she became an epitome of sacrifice who promised a new hope for women like her.
The writing style of the author is commendable and one cannot stop themselves from calling this book a gripping page turner which makes the today’s generation question the morals of the society. In its own raw and vulnerable form, this gem of a book will never let you down. Would recommend to all!