Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Mirage

”There is a seductive shimmer on the horizon of life.Within it lies the promise of love, the joy of fulfillment, and the tranquility of peace. Approach it with great care, for it is as fragile as a mirage” ~ Layla K

In the lines of ‘Sleeping with the enemy’, ‘Not without my daughter’, ‘escape from Taliban’ etc. Mirage by Soheir Khashoggi deals with the struggle and courage of a woman against the middle east aristocracy. It is lively, provocative at times and offers a glamorous, exotic setting with a fast moving plot.

I quote a few lines which gave me goose bumps:

“Slipping her hand into his, she held it tight. He was whispering something, and as she strained to hear she realized it was a prayer. An official read a declaration of the crime and sentence. Then, at some signal Amira missed, Laila’s eldest brother stepped forward, a fist sized stone in his hand only a few feet from his sister, he suddenly hurled the rock with all his might straight at her forehead. This image burned itself into Amira’s brain. Did he throw with such strength out of hatred, for some shame Laila had brought her family or out of love, to kill her instantly and spare her what was to follow?”

22 comments:

GratisGab said...

WOW. You have me hooked. I have to read this.

Ash said...

Great words. Must find !

Handa said...

do you have a soft copy of this one ? if yes email it to me

Anonymous said...

Stop Piracy! Buy the book!

Dreamcatcher said...

It sounds awesome.

Hemanshu said...

I'm still waiting for what was promised me..

Nupur said...

:)

nin said...

.....touching.....

Stone said...

dunno wat to say...i'm still under hangover of 'Matrubhoomi'. :-(

Invincible said...

sounds intriguing ..

AmitL said...

interesting words..might get hold of the book one day.

Alka said...

It sounds chilling. Read your other posts too. Congrats to your friend Jenny and congrats to you to for penning it so well. How effortlessly you paint the complex emotions of your s on getting her hooked. Keep writing.

Adarsh A. Varghese said...

Chanced upon your blog today! Wonderful blog, you do have a way with words!

Pallavi said...

Must read this :)

manuscrypts said...

bad way to get stoned!! :(

sanguine said...

wow . it is so hard hittin .

paddy said...

well these things happen in reality...

i dont know why , but am sure no reason can be enough.

|| sbk || said...

Staying in the Middle East all my life, this scene is very common...It's absolutely horrible!
Need to get my hands on this book now..thnx for the recommending it!

AmitL said...

Nice thought on the horizon of life...could almost picture it...and,whew..thats quite a dialogue from 'Mirage'...

Manish said...

Spine chilling!

Nidhi said...

First up, let me compliment you for such wonderful articulation. And yeah, the book sounds like a must-read.

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