Ayesha at Last

Ayesha at Last Ayesha At Last Read Author Uzma Jalaluddin Escortkibris724.live A Modern Day Muslim Pride And Prejudice For A New Generation Of Love.Ayesha Shamsi Has A Lot Going On Her Dreams Of Being A Poet Have Been Set Aside For A Teaching Job So She Can Pay Off Her Debts To Her Wealthy Uncle She Lives With Her Boisterous Muslim Family And Is Always Being Reminded That Her Flighty Younger Cousin, Hafsa, Is Close To Rejecting Her One Hundredth Marriage Proposal Though Ayesha Is Lonely, She Doesn T Want An Arranged Marriage Then She Meets Khalid Who Is Just As Smart And Handsome As He Is Conservative And Judgmental She Is Irritatingly Attracted To Someone Who Looks Down On Her Choices And Dresses Like He Belongs In The Seventh Century.Ayesha Is Torn Between How She Feels About The Straightforward Khalid And The Unsettling New Gossip She Hears About His Family Looking Into The Rumors, She Finds She Has To Deal With Not Only What She Discovers About Khalid, But Also The Truth She Realizes About Herself. You re very honest I have been told it s one of my worst qualities Ayesha is in her late twenties, unmarried and works for a living cue the muted gasps of horror As a modern Muslim, she walks through life with her head held high Her best friend has a live in boyfriend, she teaches at a coed school andshe s lonely Very lonely.Her younger cousin, Hafsa, seems to have one arranged marriage proposal after another Ayesha swore to herself that she would never go that routeand yetshe finds herselfnot quite jealous, but wistful. Khalid recently moved with his mother to Ayesha s neighborhood He sees Ayesha every morning flying out of her house with a coffee in hand wearing a vibrant hijab.Khalid is nothing if not devout thanks to the heavy hand of his mother He finds comfort in the rigors of prayer, in wearing traditional clothing and even though some practices are a bitodd in the modern world ie being forbidden to touch or look at women , Khalid respects and honors the old ways And yet he cannot seem to help himself when it comes to her When Khalid sneaks a peek at Ayesha in her outlandishly purple hijab on those early mornings he feels wistful.Khalid tries to brush these feelings away He has a comfortable job, a few friends and a mother to run everythi
Sometimes there were no words, only sunshine on your heart Ayesha at Last is a romantic comedy about marriage, love, and family in the Muslim culture The plot loosely mirrors Pride and Prejudice but also incorporates elements of Shakespeare and other literature The main characters, Ayesha and Khalid are not the typical characters who appear in commercial fiction Ayesha is a strong, independent Muslim woman who is trying to find herself Khalid too is trying to find himself He uses his faith, strong willed mother, and traditional Muslim clothing to hide from what he fears His appearance provokes some to call him a fundamentalist Ayesha and Khalid are what I loved most about this book and kept me turning the pages.While I loved Ayesha and Khalid, I had some issues with the plot At a certain point, the
The editors don t do this book any favors comparing it to Pride and Prejudice Other than a similar quote at the beginning and two headstrong characters, there aren t many similarities until you get to the end The comparison was actually a distraction, as I kept looking for similarities that weren t there If anything, this reminds me of a Shakespearean comedy with its mistaken identities I m not usually a fan of women s literature, but I found this book engaged both by head and my heart I cared for both of the main characters and enjoyed the way the story plays out This story is told in third person narrative and swings from Ayesha s life to Khalid s Jalaluddin does a great job of painting the scene, giving us the rich details to see the rooms, the food, the clothing I also appreciated the way she shows us both the casual and direct prejudice that Khalid encounters as a conservative Muslim a
Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there s an even greater truth To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.All the stars for this debut Canadian author Ayesha at Last was without a doubt my most anticipated 2018 release Come on, a modern PP set in Toronto and featuring two Muslim characters It was absolutely perfec
3.5 Well played I was expecting my dose of romantic comedy But I came away with an unexpected, profoundly deeper read Heavy tones of race, religion, sexual equality and even fat shaming laced throughout Yes, this book has it all And somewhere in the mix is a budding romance I must say, sadly the romance somehow gets lost in the story Choose laughter over tears Ayesha is a young single Muslim woman living with her family in Canada While she dreams of someday getting married, it appears Ayesha is too busy looking after everyone else, unable to focus on her own happiness.Khalid is a young professional single man Still living with his mother He is extremely traditional in his beliefs as well as his dress He too wishes is to be married, but is conflicted with what comes firstlove or marriage My struggles with this book were that the banter just felt mean at times There was so much hate tossed around and directed at Ayesha I had a hard time reading this one Of c
i meant to write this a very long time ago and then i forgot oops heheMINOR SPOILERS AHEADthis book honestly had great potential judging by the synopsis alone, it basically sounded like the greatest book that would ever grace my life.when i picked it up, i became instantly invested in the story but somewhere along the way, between the teeny tiny font and the excessively long sentences, my emotional attachment slowly withered away to nothingmuslim rep stereotypes i thought this had a strong start, it showed muslims in their daily life, where the majority of their problems revolved around ridiculous family politics finally and not so much about their race or their colour of skin which was included too, but to a very BELIEVABLE amount i liked how khalid s character was standing up for himself and his beliefs from the very start that was so to see i loved the close knit family ties and the many different family dynamics we got to see i liked how the mosque was given page time and it was shown how the community came together for events and programs but here s where my cons come in going back to khalid and his way of dressing, a couple characters kept saying how HE was so judgemental and yet they were CONSTANTLY judging his style of dress his ankle length robe and the fact that he grew his beard like hypocrisy m
Ayesha at Last is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a Muslim main character I loved it Ayesha is a modern Muslim and dreams of being a poet, but she has to forgo those dreams at the moment to pay her uncle back She s become a teacher Ayesha lives with her Muslim family who constantly remind her of potential marriage and that one of her cousins is currently turning down yet another marriage proposal Ayesha meets Khalid, and she is struck by his charm instantly But at the same time, she s turned off by how conservative and judgmental he can be His family is also the subject of gossip in the community.Will Ayesha find love with the flawed Khalid Will Khalid fall for a modern Muslim woman, one who tests the boundaries of his faith and that of his devout family Ayesha is devout, too, but Khalid is practicing the Muslim faith entirely in the traditional sense until he meets Ayesha I absolutely loved the culture embedded in Ayesha at Last It was a learning experience that one can be Muslim and devout but also traditional versus non traditional The back and forth between the two families was so much fu
The premise and characters alone in this made it so groundbreaking and fun to read I like that this book explored Islam from both a traditional perspective and a modern one, and how those two interact The representation in this, the wide cast of brown characters, and the way it s focused from Pride Prejudice were really done nicely I liked how snarky and headstrong Ayesha was, and she was modeled after Elizabeth Bennet so well The biggest downfall of this book was the pacing It was so incredibly difficult to pick up because I was never sucked in The plot isn t bad at all, so I think it s a writing style issue for me It was quite longwinded and the third person narration of this came off a bit dry I was so uninvested that I ended up skimming the last bits of it just for the scenes that would solve the main action, which I liked, but there definitely seemed to be a lot of filler I m torn with this book I wouldn
3.5 starsI ll admit I almost passed on this book because I thought does the world really need yet another modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice Thankfully, I went ahead and read this book anyway and I can honestly say it feels like something fresh and different and not something I have read a hundred times before Ayesha Shamsi lives in Canada and is working as teacher even though she has dreams of being a poet Her cousin Hafsa is younger than Ayesha but she has already rejected numerous marriage proposals Enter Khalid, who Ayesha kinda sorta likes but also kinda sorta hates because he comes across as super judgmental But now that he is set to marry Hafsa, Ayesha s feelings towards him don t even matter, right RIGHT It took me a pretty long time to warm up to Khalid and I much preferred Ayesha s parts of the s
3.5 Stars rounded up Being yourself and following your heart is not always easy, nor is it allowed In the Muslim culture, arranged marriages are often the norm Ayesha, however, has never done what her family expects of her Older than the other girls in her community, Ayesha also has a job she s a substitute school teacher and is also a gifted poet She is passionate and has no qualms about speaking her mind.Hafsa is Ayesha s younger cousin Full of dreams and unable to standstill Hafsa has turned down proposal after proposal and is determined to wait until receiving at least 100 until she says yes to the one Khalid is a conservative Muslim who wears a robe and a skullcap and is a firm believer in arranged marriages He is sure that his mother will find the right woman for him, someday Khalid s conservative dress code has never been a problem for him, until Sheila, a new HR Manager is hired at his place of employment, which brings to light discrimination and prejudice in the workplace and made for quite the heavy read at times.I loved Ayesha as she made me smile throughout I also enjoyed the chemistry between Ayesha and Khalid but was disheartened by the negativity that surrounded the two of them as it brought me down and would truthfully have enjoyed this novel had it not existed That aside, the writing in Ayesha at Last is absolutely superb If you enjoy rom coms