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Book Review #152 : Daughters of Char Chinar by Almas Hussain

Author: Almas Hussain

Genre: Fiction

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

A splendid tale of redemption which gets hitched in your hearts forever. The way the author has depicted the story is very interesting and the readers can feel like they are part of the story and feel the emotions of the protagonists.

This is a story of two ill-fated identical twins, Meher and Nafisa, who are born in a place called Char Chinar where the beauty is the adversary for any women and where rape is considered a punishment, not a crime.

Nafisa and Meher have struggled throughout their adolescence from the wrath of their father Kazi who hates them for reason unknown to them. They are shifted to their maternal grandmother Nanna's house where they are welcomed wholeheartedly. But that doesn't solve their problems. Nanna plans of a terrific idea to avoid unnecessary attention of men towards her granddaughters.

Their life was finally turning out to be better until one day when their father kidnaps Nafisa and sacrifices her in the Jirga court as a punishment for his crime. The jirga courts are where an accused offers as a compensation to his crime a virgin female of his family, who is raped for revenge.

The author has taken very sensitive issues like the assault on women, women empowerment, primitive judicial systems like jirga courts and has woven the sorry very beautifully. It's interesting to read how these twin sisters break all the shackles of society and redeem themselves. Will Nafisa be able to save herself from the jirga court rules? You will have to read the story to find out this.

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