Genre- Historical fiction/Romance
Look at love
How it tangles
With the one fallen in love
Look at spirit
How it fuses with earth
Giving it new life
Roya, a teenage girl who loves to visit the local stationery shop. Mr. Fakhri the owner of the stationery shop keeps all the work of famous Persian poets like Rumi, Hafez and translated work of famous English writers.
That fateful Tuesday when Roya was touring the shelves of the stationery shop and was reading one of her favorites; Rumi, she met Bahman Aslan. Mr. Fakhri said about him that he is the boy who would change the world. Roya didn’t know by then that he will actually be the boy who would change the world, her entire world.
They met, fell in love and were engaged. There tooka turn of events and they both decided to elope. Oh! Young love! As decided to meet at a square Roya waited for Bahman but found her in the midst of a political riot that took place on that square. Mr. Fakhri came for her but before he could say anything to her, he was shot dead. Her beloved stationery shop was burned to ashes and Bahman did not turn up on the square. That was the day young Roya lost everything; Mr.Fakhri, the stationery shop, Bahman, smile and hope. That was 1953.
The Iran that Roya and her family rooted for was changing and this forced Roya’s father to send his both daughters abroad to study, to become next Helen Keller or Marie Curie.
60 years later. When Roya is seventy seven years old and married, she discovers that Bahman is in US. Roya is crowded by so many questions, the flashbacks and need for the closure.
This book is about family, Rumi’s poem, politics, class, love, heartbreaks and secrets. There are events that will pop up when you would least expect them. There are incidents when you will close the book and question everything. You will learn about Iranian culture and festivals.
The characters (even small ones) will stick by you long after you have finished this book. You are in for a ride.
But the biggest question that will keep you going will be, Why did Bahman did not turn up that day on the square?
A cozy and a thoughtful read.
by- Annice Dominic