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About The Book
Heiress Kamila Mughal is humiliated when her brother's best friend snubs her to marrya social climbing nobody from Islamabad. Roya discovers her fiance has been cheatingon her and ends up on a blind date on her wedding day. Beautiful young widow BegumSaira Qadir has mourned her husband, but is she finally ready to start following her owndesires?Inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan, Austenistan is a collection ofseven stories; romantic, uplifting, witty, and heartbreaking by turn, which pay homage tothe queen of romance who lives on among us.
About The Author
Austenistan is edited by Laaleen Sukhera, a Pakistan-based journalist who is also thehead of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan (JASP). The contributors are all members ofJASP.
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I received an ARC from Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Like almost every girl who has the book, I fell in love with Mr. Darcy, from the widely acclaimed Pride and Prejudice novels at the age of fifteen. Even when it was well past midnight, my friends and I would watch and re-watch the movie, the TV show and the web series. In short, we were – I am – obsessed with anything Jane Austen, predictably Pride and Prejudice. When I got the email from my favourite Bloomsbury Publicist saying that an advance copy of this BEAUTIFUL book was coming my way, I jumped with joy. If you haven’t heard of Austenistan just yet, it’s a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Austen’s stories from 200 years ago set in modern day Pakistan and it is all kinds of Desi and BRILLIANT. Let’s divide this story wise: The Fabulous Banker Boys This gorgeous book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling and I am SO GLAD that it came first. Though it is initially told from Jane’s (Jahan’s) mother’s point of view, it quickly changes to Jane’s and it is EVERYTHING. This story only encompasses the scene when Mr. Darcy and Jane’s Pakistani alter egos meet but I STILL LOVED IT. Begum Saira Returns I honestly don’t know how much I liked this story. I loved the feminist element that this story contained with a 40 year old widow trying to live her life without her husband as she re-enters the social scene. And yet, the ending left me feeling odd and I wish that it had been a little longer Emaan Ever After A BEST FRIEND ROMANCE! YAY! I absolutely loved this book, with Emaan and Haroon being such different, fun characters and the whole story in general. It really brought out career satisfactions and have I mentioned that BEST FRIEND ROMANCE IS MY ACHILLES HEEL OF ALL TROPES? Gaah I loved it. The Mughal Empire THIS WAS MY FAVOURITE STORY IN THE ENTIRE COLLECTION, HANDS DOWN. Full Review on A Thousand Words A Million Books