Bahir – Monisha K Gumber


Title: BAHIR
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Wordit (19 April 2018)

A tale of utter desperation and fierce hope. And a fight for honour.  Meet Sawera. A beautiful and Sensual woman. Born in Pakistan, raised in the Middle East and abused wherever she goes. Struggling to find acceptance, which eludes her over and over again, she ends up being an outcast. Who belongs nowhere and to no-one.

Used and manipulated by the men she loved, from the depths of her soul she claims her self-respect, along with the faith to overcome her pitiful circumstances.

Where does she find her strength? What is the breaking point? How does she get over the demons of her past? Follow the story of Sawera, a child born of midnight into the dawn of new hope. Uncover the secrets and conspiracies that make her the woman she is. Read her story, a story of survival.

My View:
A book worth reading,the author has perfectly nailed every department. This book introduces the cultures of many countries (specially middle east). Book starts on a chilly night some where in a remote village of Pakistan. Author has ensured and taken utmost care to give it an Indian flavor.
A heart warming story-line and melting narration by the author. I do realized how and why this book won many accolades by the celebrities. This book is worth the read.      Every line in this book is heart touching. Breaking the barriers of conservative society how an individual could survive in this society is the bottom line of this plot.
Undoubtedly this story is to be dedicated to many Sawera’s who are living “BAHIR” leaving their comfort zone, who wake up every day and gets ready to face the challenges which life throws at them. To be honest, I thought of dropping the idea of reading the book as this is so much to do with an Islamic background, however I should really appreciate that this is not pertaining to one religion or caste as As we encounter many sawera’s in the real world irrespective of any religion.

The author has won full marks by mentioning the word “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” as Krishna Paramatma quoted in Bhagavad Gita. This itself proves How much of hardwork has gone into the composition of this book. It will be a misdemeanour if I missed mentioning the super awesome book cover that has the woman with angelic beauty and mesmerizing looks. Special mention to the appendix of colloquial terms and its meaning as readers may find understanding few URDU phrases towards the end.

mohabbat mein nahin farq jeenay aur marnay ka
usi ko dekh kar jeetay hain, jis kaafir pe dam nikle

Overall “Bahir – Monisha K Gumber” a 4.5/5 one of of the great books which I have read in the recent times. I wish every reader takes up this worthy read to be a part of sawera’s journey.

Kiran K Adharapuram



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