Author: Sabyn Javeri
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publishing Date: 14th February 2019
My Rating: 3 stars
It’s when I read the first two stories, I got the notion that this book is going to be one of my best reads this year, but when I was thorough the next stories, it appeared to be something I hadn’t expected. The collection of the stories in the book turned out to be completely off track. They just don’t live up to the title.
Hijabistan, the title and blurb of the book assures of telling stories of women wearing hijab, where for some it’s a liberation or for some a constriction. But the stories were random, more concerning sharing of emotive accounts rather than what the title promises. I realized that the narrative was all centered on telling emotions, sentiments of a woman, where hijab didn’t fit into the stories told.
The stories nowhere tell you where feminism fits into the picture, how being a woman wearing hijab really feels and means to be, how hijab actually liberates or constricts, what lies deep within the minds of the women who wear it. I’d expected a lot from this book which ended up as a disappointment.
I’m not sure if I would recommend it, but the stories may be given a read but they don’t justify the title. However, the cover is imposing and is quite enough to lure you to pick it. I’ve rated an extra half star just for the stunning cover design.
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