Book Title: Unfettered Wings
Author: Sana Munir
Total Number of Pages: 224
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publication Date: 20 June 2018
Genre: Fiction / Short Stories
Link To Book (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2mwl575
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
Sana Munir has crafted this book by putting together stories of ten different women who belong to the same country but are posed with different issues that changes their lives forever. Unfettered, as described as someone or something who is not restrained to progress is such a befitting title for the book when added with wings. Together these two words sits so well with the idea of these ten Pakistani women who even though chained by societal laws, aren’t restrained to dream about being free and battle everyday to have a chance at living a better life.
Even though our cultures are at variance with one another, there’s such a striking similarity between the lives of these Pakistani women and us, Indian women. Divided by borders and yet narrating such homogeneous stories, we truly are each other’s counterpart.
Travelling back in time with Munir’s narration, I found myself close to Farida, who with her innocent eyes had to witness such cruelty between humans; her innocent perspective on the world, ripped away from her. It was heartbreaking to read her story, to find that in a single moment she had to lose everything that were dear to her.
Next, I found myself sitting next to Reema, who even at the age of 80 had to reminisce when 10 year old herself falling a victim to child abuse. I could feel the pain when she was reliving those memories. Memories that no woman should ever have to think of.
The next tale was of wanton Maria. A woman impervious to the idea of love relationships. It didn’t stop her from leaving an imprint on Baseer’s memory though.
The stories of Summi, Habiba, Nazia, Saima, Beena, Meera and Eeman were equally engrossing as the tales of these three women. These women had fought their battles with unwavering spirit. They were resolute in their opinions and it’s really something to think of how such remarkable stories are born in the quotidian life; accounts that feel oh so similar and resonates with our lives on so many levels.
It’s surprising how someone’s storytelling can make you see the similarities between the lives of women across borders and yet leave a long lasting impression on you. You can’t write off these stories as common because there’s something distinctly extraordinary about the lives of these ten women.
If I start praising the writing style, I’ll probably run out of all the adjectives (the good ones). So, I am going to keep it simple and say that I loved it. Even with such simple use of language, Sana has written stories that brims with such raw emotions that you would have to be a rock to not react to the endurance and persistence of these women. Even though these stories were short, their effect on me wasn’t. With such perfectly arranged sentences which keeps up with the ebb and flow of the story, I was completely absorbed in these stories.
A book which is light in its weight but dense in its substance. ‘Unfettered Wings’ was such a gripping and riveting book to read. I’ll be waiting to read more books from this author.
Recommended to everyone out there.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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