The latest book I read is Invisible Ties which is an easy and engrossing read. Invisible Ties is a work of fiction by Pakistani author Nadya A. R. I had not heard about this novelist before, but after reading the blurb of the book which was very interesting, I decided to read and do the book review. The cover of the book is also eye-catching.
Nadya is an author, a psychotherapist and a motivational speaker. This is her second novel and it deals with displacement, love, loss and pain.
Excerpt from the book:
As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror she stole from Daisy Kamal, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy.
Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.
On her attempt to heal others, will Noor be able to heal herself and exorcise ghosts from the past?
Invisible Ties is a story about young and ordinary girl named Noor from Pakistan who is on a voyage of self discovery. Having spent most of her childhood in the company of maids and helpers, her only constant companion is an antique jade mirror that she stole from her mother’s collection.
After change of events and under her mother’s pressure she marries Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker and moves to Singapore. Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage, Noor finds solace in studying psychotherapy.
What happens next? To find out, read about Noor’s journey in the novel Invisible Ties.
It is a well-written novel with a good storyline that is set in Pakistan, Singapore, Malacca and London. Loved the vivid description and elegant writing. The downside of the novel is its excessive description and also some of the characters are vague and I couldn’t connect to them.
Some of my favorite quotes from this novel are:
“Faith is all I have and what I still fear to own in my homeland.”
“There is a thin line between science and blasphemy.”
“You should not forget your humble roots.”
“We are also tied to each other by debt, which always comes with a price. We have to carry and honor that burden for the rest of our lives. Even if we do so in deeds and not in spirit, still it has to be done.”
“Don’t tell me, he fell for a stranger’s picture in this day and age?”
“I am sentenced to a lifetime of nightmares and it is not even my fault.”
“What can I possibly do to make your grief lighter and bearable, mummy?”
“I have always been more fascinated with the courtesans than the lives of the royal wives.”
“We live in an unforgiving society, Noor.”