Let me put it out here right away – I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice. There. I said it. Don’t ask me why I haven’t picked it up yet. It is just one of those classics which I have kept for ‘later-read’ if you know what I mean.
So, it is only natural that I haven’t read any P&P inspired books either. But when I found that Ayesha At Last was loosely based on the epic classic, I decided to give it a go.
Book Review: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha is a modern Muslim who lives with her family in Canada. She is someone who wears a purple hijab and devout yet strong and independent at the same time. She teaches at a coed school, loves poetry and has a best friend who has a live-in boyfriend.
Khalid, on the other hand, is conservative and orthodox. He believes love comes after marriage and that his mother will choose a bride for him. He wears traditional Muslim clothes to work, never shakes hands with a woman, and doesn’t go to a pub. However, he is still trying to find himself and is conflicted when it comes to love.
And despite the fact that Ayesha and Khalid are poles apart, they fall for each other.
What I love most about this P&P spinoff is that it gives us a good insight into the religion and also about how judgemental society can be when you see a Muslim. You could be totally ignorant about a religion, its beliefs and customs but to mock someone’s faith and label them as dangerous because of the clothes they wear and the ideals they uphold are unacceptable.
Ayesha At Last succeeds in helping us overcome that stigma around the Muslim religion.
Overall, its a light, romantic read. I loved the characters but was a bit put-off by too many storylines and hurriedly tying the loose ends towards the end of the book.
3.5 Paws on 5!
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