I don’t think my words can ever do justice to how beautiful this book is but can try, at least.
Title: Jannat Kay Pattay
Author: Nimra Ahmed
Publication Date: May, 2013
Format: Hardcover (Borrowed)
Genres & Themes: Romance, Islam, Suspense.
The life of LLB (Hons) student Haya Suleman took an interesting turn when she received scholarship to study a five-month semester at a university in Turkey, but the circumstances became grave when someone leaked a private video of her made at a party on the internet. To keep the video away from the eyes of the members of her traditional family and to avoid any complications, she had to contact an officer of the Cyber Crime Cell who could have had her video removed. But soon she was unsettled by the fact that this faceless officer already knew so much about her.
Will Haya be able to get that video removed from the internet? Will she be able to go to Turkey? And more importantly, will she finally be able to meet “him”, him who she has never met before but has been searching for many years?
From the streets of Istanbul to the Bosporus sea, from the caves of Cappadocia to the torture cells in Indian jails, Jannat Kay Pattay (English: Leaves of Heaven) is like a roller coaster ride in which most of your guesses will be proved wrong and this mysterious story will keep its secrets safe till the last sentence. Because keeping secrets is an art and not everyone knows it!
I don’t think my words can do justice to this beautiful book but I can try!
Jannat Kay Pattay is huge! It’s a hefty book of 575 pages that intimidated me for a long time until I gave up and picked it up to finally read it, and that’s because I didn’t want any of my friends to spoil it for me (They’re pure evil 😈). One (My best friend *coughs*) even gave me a spoiler long ago, but that spoiler didn’t “spoil” the whole book for me, thankfully.
So this book is about Haya – a Pakistani – who receives a scholarship for Sabanci University which is located in Turkey. But, she gets in trouble when a video of her in a private party gets leaked on the internet. Now she’s trying to remove this video from all over the internet so any of her family members won’t see it.
There is so much going on that you’d literally stop to take a breath and relax and then you’ll begin reading it again. But once you get into it, there’s no way you can put it down! This book is thick but it won’t bore you for even a second. It’s unpredictable and phenomenal. Honestly, it took me more than a week to finish it but it’s because of the fact that Jannat Kay Pattay is enormous and I had a lot of homework.
Haya is an egotistical, impulsive, and stubborn yet a confident girl who is over-liberal. She judges others and never accepts her mistakes. I HATED her. She was such a churail (wild(?)… I can’t find a proper English word for it) at the beginning of the book and even after going through so much, she didn’t let her ego and stubbornness go. Haya’s character development is quite interesting. She doesn’t realize her “mistakes” in a day but it takes her a lot of time and wounds and scars. She goes through a lot but I won’t tell you anything because I’m not sure if I can talk about the story without giving away too much.
And then we have Jihan Sikander (*squeals* *fangirls*). Haya got married to him when she was only one year old (because this thing still happens in our messed up universe) and one of the reasons why she wants to go Turkey is Jihan. She wants to know why he never bothered to contact her through all these years and if he still wants to be with her.
Jihan is a mysterious man. Sometimes, he comes off as an arrogant (he’s not arrogant. He’s reserved) human being while there are moments when he seems like the most caring person. His personality is so inexplicable. Though, he may seem like a jerk sometimes (okay, a lot of times) and you never really know what the hell is going on in his mind, there is still something about him that you can’t help but be attracted towards him. Oh, and he’s also my husband. ^-^ (I’m never getting over him.)
We have another character; Khadeeja a.k.a Deejay. She’s hilarious and she’s the kind of person you can relate to. She’s pure desi and more Pakistani than Haya or anyone. 😀
This book is mainly about Jihan and Haya’s love story while at the same time it’s about Haya’s journey towards Islam. This book talks to you and tells you everything about Islam. About Quran. About a Muslim. It removes your doubts and strengthens your faith and Iman. 💖 If you’re a learning about Islam or if you want to learn about Islam then you really need to read it. This book is filled with pearls of wisdom. Every sentence strikes and hits you with full pressure and forces you to rethink. Rethink about your decisions, your life and yourself. And it made me do the same.
Let’s talk about the story and writing. If I ever got a chance to rename this book, I would retitle it as “A Book Plentiful of Plot Twists” because this is what this book really is. There are many plot twists and turns. My Goodreads and Twitter account were filled with tweets and updates that could tell you how astounding some plot twists were.
This book is amazing. It encourages you to become a strong and confident woman and to believe that if you’re right and if you’re believing in the Almighty then there’s no power that can hurt you or bring you down. And it’s the most beautiful message. ❤
One of my most favourite parts would be the in the where a woman gives a speech about Hijab and Niqab. About how even the simplest deed could be our way to Jannah. 💖
I know, I haven’t read a lot of Urdu books but I have read Peer e Kamil (and some other Umera Ahmed’s books) and although it’s a renowned Pakistani book, I still prefer Jannat Kay Pattay over it.
You must be thinking; Aren’t there any cons?
So, let’s get to the cons part:
- The book (like some other Urdu books) includes a typical female character’s journey towards Islam and she’s, well, extremely beautiful.
- The book is really slow and there’s a lot of excessive writing.There are long, long descriptions and it wouldn’t even matter if you skip these long parts.
- Some of my questions were unanswered.
Overall, If you’re a Muslim or a revert then I would definitely, totally and absolutely recommend this book to you.