free Butterfly Season Author Natasha Ahmed –

On Her First Holiday In Six Years, Rumi Is Expecting To Relax And Unwind But When She Is Set Up By Her Long Time Friend, She Doesn T Shy Away From The Possibilities Ahad, A Charming, Independent, Self Made Man, Captures Her Imagination, Drawing Her Away From Her Disapproving Sister, JuveriaFaced With Sizzling Chemistry And A Meeting Of The Minds, Ahad And Rumi Find Themselves Deep In A Relationship That Moves Forward With Growing Intensity But As Her Desire For The Self Assured Ahad Grows, Rumi Struggles With A Decision That Will Impact The Rest Of Her LifeConfronted By Her Scandalized Sister, A Forbidding Uncle And A Society That Frowns On Pre Marital Intimacy, Rumi Has To Decide Whether To Shed Her Middle Class Sensibilities, Turning Her Back On Her Family, Or Return To Her Secluded Existence As An Unmarried Woman In PakistanWe Follow Rumi From Rainy London To A Sweltering Karachi, As She Tries To Take Control Of Her Own Destiny

10 thoughts on “Butterfly Season

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    Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed is her debut romance novella, which weaves a beautiful and passionate tale of Rumi and Ahad.Octavio Paz Lozano, a Mexican poet diplomat and writer, has been quoted as saying Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life This is what the primary central idea of the book, Butterfly Season is about The author has skillfully woven a mesmerizing tale across the boundaries of Islam religion Two liberal minded unmarried human beings are when destined to meet, problems are bound to arise following the society s conservativeness and narrow mindedness, resulting in being out casted by the society.Natasha Ahmed has proficiently penned this tale in way that it challenges the society s behavior towards such issues and a Asian Muslim woman should behave in a society solely depends on the society and if those women do not go by the society s norms and standards , then they are out casted from the society Thanks to the author, Natasha Ahmed, for giving this opportunity to read and review her book Rumi, a young and educated Pakistani woman, travels back to London after 6 years to visit her family from Karachi Soon she comes across the handsome and hot Pakistani publisher, Ahad, who was born and brought up in London Eventually sparks fly and an epic love story evolves between Rumi and Ahad And in their courtship, they managed to behave quite liberally, thereby landing up on trouble from their family members.The authors prose and dialogues will keep you engaged till the very end Rumi s character is like any other every day character you happen to bump into on your way to work or grocery store she is the voice of very woman from those countries where traditions come before emotions India and Pakistan is one of those countries where the society expects the woman to behave like a respectful woman, not at all liberal, instead way too conservatively But the author has boldly and smartly put a slap on the face of such a society and their narrow minded ideals to show that a woman has a right to get involved physically with a man with whom she is emotionally involved.Ahad is way too open minded from dating English girls to doing every possible thing like the liberal minded people of the West Their chemistry is sizzling and hot and quite passionately unfolded right in front of our eyes The social in differences which challenged their relationship to a dead end have been very skillfully portrayed by the author.Do read this book to get a glimpse on a woman s painful fate when she is expected to behave like a robot by the society s standards and norms.

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    Butterfly Season is a novella by debut author Natasha Ahmed It is a love story of under 50,000 words, listed as young adult contemporary or simply contemporary on Goodreads I review it here as the former category.While this genre is not my usual choice in fiction, I was attracted the story by its cross cultural theme It is set mostly among the Pakistani community in England, with relatively brief scenes in Karachi The two main protagonists are well educated young adult professionals who have adopted modern liberal views on male female relationships The young woman, Rumi, who lives in Pakistan and is visiting family and friends from prior years in England, is sexually inexperienced at the outset of the story She must deal with several relatives with much conservative, traditional values in both countries The young man, Ahad, on the other hand, seems thoroughly immersed in the youth culture of the West, dates English girls and is not especially inclined to give up that lifestyle None of the protagonists are fundamentalist Islamists and that element does not intrude into the tale.As a young adult love story, Butterfly Season works quite well Rumi is a very likeable heroine and Ahad starts off as a bit of a cad That is a story line that goes back to Jane Austen and it is well developed here The theme is a time honored one And if you ask why, the basic answer is that young men are, well, guys For a young man from a conservative culture thrown into the liberal sexual s of the West, the reluctance to make romantic commitments may be even stronger So the pair, who become lovers in short order, must deal with this eternal issue I won t provide any spoilers, but for those who want them, read Jane Austen.The novella may communicate well in the young adult contemporary market in England, with the potential to be read beyond the Pakistani community, and may also find an audience with younger, well educated adults in Pakistan The outlook might not be as great with American readers because of the less substantial presence of Pakistani expatriates in the United States, as well as stereotyping in the wake of nine eleven Butterfly Season offsets such stereotypes, but might work better in that regard in an expanded novel form.My main qualification is that the novella seemed a bit compressed for Ahmed, as though the author wanted to say , but was reluctant to stretch out the story I would have liked elaboration in the text of the references to Pakistani culture, rather than encompassing them in endnotes or leaving them unexplained Such elaboration might be helpful in expanding the potential readership for the author s work One side effect of the compressed novella format is an apparently shifting point of view among the lovers and their friends that at times can be a bit confusing The story is written in omniscient third person, but the intimacy of non spoken feelings attributed to the protagonists seems to suggest that the author would prefer a shifting point of view between the two lovers To carry that off would likely require some expansion of the text and a clearer delineation of the changing perspective Finally, I do think Natasha Ahmed does a somewhat better job with her female characters than the male of, course, one might say that about Austen also This actually stands out with the secondary characters than with the leads You get to know the women around Rumi rather well not so much with Ahad s chums The target readership may be women, but the cultural context of the story lifts it beyond so called chick lit A little depth with the male characters would make it so As with those qualifications above, this limitation in Butterfly Season may be seen as evidence of the author s potential to further develop her craft.A fine debut effort by Natasha Ahmed

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    This book has everything you expect from a nice short novel.Nicely Paced, the writing was beautiful and refreshing, the plot was simple, the characters were strong and the most important thing is that the book highlighted the real time issues faced by woman in our Pakistani or Muslim culture.loved it, highly recommended

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    Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmad is the story of a true contemporary heroine, Rumi, who struggles between old habits and culture and the modernity Being on holiday in London from Pakistan, the young Rumi falls in love with Ahad, a lovely Pakistani man living in London The chemistry between the two is amazingly described by the author, but the difference between Rumi and Ahad lifestyle will put them into a complicated situation The story develops smoothly across cultural and family issues, when Rumi has to decide whether to drop her usual view of thinking and therefore live her love story with Ahad or stick with the conservatism of the traditional Pakistani culture.Being an independent, Occidental ish young woman or honoring the family and the habits you grow up with Rumi s dilemma opens an interesting window on Pakistani expats and native s group society It s something I can see with my eyes everyday in London and having such a detailed and entertaining insight gave me elements to better understand a culture so far from mine A great debut for Natasha Ahmad The choice of the novella has been pretty good in my opinion, giving us a brief taste in writing style and stories development which is very encouraging.

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    Originally posted here.This is going to be long, because this book has really made me think which is saying something, because it was barely a hundred pages long It s a good book, if you re South Asian, you will find it inspiring, strong and relatable If not, it will provide a frank and non exoticized look at a culture that is subjected to all kinds of stereotyping Not to mention, it s quirky, cute and you ll have fun reading it Butterfly Season is the author s debut book and for a first effort, it is lovely.All right, grievances first I thought the book was too short, I would have liked development of the characters, I d have given them a little time to fall for each other, and even time to stay fallen until the conflicts arose Here s hoping Ahmed s next book is longer At the risk of sounding nit picky, the book could have been edited better spelling mistakes, a few awkward constructions, words like wry, languorous, elegant repeated far too often for my taste.Now to the goods, and there were so many It s common knowledge that I don t like the kind of formulaic romance that is churned out with astonishing regularity today Anyway, I have read at least a few love stories and the one thing that s consistently bothered me about a typical read of the genre is that there s little else but sizzling romance That is not the case with Natasha Ahmed s Butterfly Season The story is honest, and while you can predict the way it ll turn, you re still invested in the journey.The conflict of the book is well tackled Sex before marriage being a taboo, letting your family decide whom you end up with, having kids being your sole focus, not getting a choice in the most basic decisions of your life these are not uncommon even today here in India and I have no doubt the prejudice exists in the rest of South Asia, Pakistan, the Middle East But the book does something I didn t expect from the author s initial e mail, it never sounds preachy, nor like a rebellious angst filled complaint Hell, you find Rumi passionately defending Karachi till the very end, if that doesn t sound fair, I don t know what will.The author gives a scenario, an example a typical desi Pakistani girl from a fairly conservative family falls for a considerably open minded and experienced Pakistani man settled in London After dating for a while, she has to decide whether she would sleep with him, and she surprises herself with her choice When the time comes to define the relationship, she finds herself parroting everything that s been hammered into her growing up, lessons of right and wrong These are philosophies which sound reasonable enough until actually put to test Is she orthodox and irrational, or does he really not have good values only because he wants to take their relationship a step further than she s used to You d be surprised by how many people I know would side with Rumi s family, and there d be a considerable lot that d say, It is wrong that it s a taboo, but why do something you know your society is not going to like The people who care about you would never adjust for you That is just out of the question.Then, surprisingly, the book delves even deeper into the issue Rumi doesn t want to sever ties with her family she loves her kid sister, even though Juveria s is being unfair She tries to make it work until circumstances turn to the very worst and making a choice becomes inevitable, no matter the consequences And while the premise of this may sound ridiculous to the westerners or the liberal people here, a So what Big deal kind of issue, the story isn t only about these taboos It s about finding yourself, learning to love yourself and accepting people for what they are It s about not meddling in others lives or considering it your right, about being less skeptical of change and finding the strength to be different, and if need be, facing the challenges it might bring up Geography only changes the type of problem, not the crux.The book has character It s about two people who get along really well and fall in love And we read about than just her fluttering heart and his firm hands or something Ahmed plays out Ahad and Rumi s conversations for you, from their families and jobs to their tastes in music, books They feel like real people instead of stock characters And they feel modern, not in the sense of unorthodox that would kind of beat the purpose of the book but in that there is little melodrama A fight feels like a fight, not a whole production.But the thing I love the most about this book is the atmosphere The writing feels alive with a love for the characters roots I like the little mentions of culture in the book, the bits of Urdu there is a compact glossary at the end of the book and even the very English English like when Ahad says his Cockney accent and the inevitable dropping of h s and t s made his mother teach him Urdu I like all the pop culture references be it the Junoon Vital Signs debate or the bad Corleone impression And I love the song that Ahmed has, for the most part, based the title on The butterfly motifs in the song and the fluttering butterflies in Rumi s stomach as she fell in love fit wonderfully together as the title of the book Convinced Well, go buy the book

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    I want to know if he really wants me, cares for me Ifmarriage is a part of that, then it will come, but love and marriage are not synonymous Every Pakistani girl knows that already CharactersRumi A Pakistani girl who took care of her mother for six years while her elder sister had already move on with her life After all those years, Rumi s mother dies and Mahira, Rumi s friend, sets up a meeting so Rumi can get to know Ahad because Mahira wants to help Rumi to be happy by a man s side.Rumi, just like Mahira, had strict parents about certain things However, Rumi s parents were open minded than Mahira s The problem starts when Rumi starts to go out with Ahad and Juveria, which is Rumi s sister, doesn t approve of him because he isn t from their religion or culture.Ahad Owns a small publishing firm, and is the mc character in this book Since the beginning, Ahad feels attracted to Rumi, and even though he wasn t sure about starting a relationship with a girl from Pakistan With time, he starts to fall in love until he cannot help himself but wanting to be with Rumi.Grammar This book has a few Urdu words in it, but don t worry, most are explained in the notes at the back of the book Also, there are some misspelled words but overall it was a great reading.It had a good pace considering this was a short novella Overall, characters were pretty relatable because they struggled with things that we might not see everyday, but are still happening around us Trying to decide who you are and what you want to I m your life is not a crime Nevertheless, I did understand Rumi s struggles between her social life and culture It wasn t easy but I do think it was worth the ride.

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    This is not the kind of book I usually read I received it for free from the publisher and so I decided to give it a try.The story talks about Rumi, a Pakistani woman who goes to England to meet her sister who lives there with her family Here Rumi falls in love with a man but they start having problems in their love story because of the cultural boundaries of Rumi For her relatives it was unacceptable that she dated a man before the wedding Rumi doesn t know if she must follow her love or respect her family s will At the end Rumi takes an important decision which will change her life.There are two main themes in this book how the cultural background can impact on a woman s life and how important it is to have a personal and inner growth.The main themes could have been interesting but the storyline followed a clich falling in love with a perfect man, having problems, solve the problems It was boring because I already knew what would happen next Moreover, the characters behaved in a very childish way, they didn t seem two people in their thirties Every happening or behaviour was superficial and pretty obvious Perhaps readers who enjoy romance will like this book, but it s nothing for me.

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    This is a well written love story that deals with an intense attraction and a culture that frowns on per marital intimacy The characters are very well defined as Rumi and Ahad try to develop their growing relationship despite family objections, cultural issues and their own insecurities as well I really enjoyed this story and hipe to read from this new author.Received copy for review

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    Going on a vacation to another country to visit relatives is so exciting Experiencing and learning about a different culture other than your own is something I find interesting and would love to do someday Rumi, the main character in the book Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed, is a vivacious young woman eager to experience all life can give While visiting her sister in England, Rumi is released into a world different from her own, and away from her strict upbringing When Rumi and her sister Juveria lost both of their parents, Juveria was already married and Rumi was the only one left at home Rumi went to live with her uncle in Pakistan Her uncle is a Pakistani conservative Even though Juveria, Rumi s sister, lives in England, it amazes people how she is still a conservative Pakistani On the other hand, Rumi, living in Pakistan, is very liberal and comfortable living in the western world Mahira, Rumi s best friend in England, and her husband Faizan, invited her and Faizan s friend Ahad to dinner and that s where Rumi s world was turned upside down Ahad is a handsome successful gentleman that enjoys the company of beautiful ladies Rumi was smitten by Ahads charm The dinner party was a success Everyone had a great time Rumi really did like Ahad, but knew it was forbidden to date without a chaperone according to Pakistani tradition and this would displease her sister.Ahad just could not get Rumi out of his mind Being quite the ladies man with a reputation on liking a certain type of woman Ahad could not understand his own feelings What is it about this girl She is young and Pakistani Ahad and Rumi had several dates Each date made her have a strong desire to be with him I love the way the author made me believe in this relationship These two people were from two different worlds and having different values but were destined to be together Rumi was a little nervous the relationship was moving way to fast and she was unclear about how Ahad felt.This book kept me turning pages wanting to know how Rumi would handle all the tough situations she had to face if she was to date Ahad How was she to deal with her family that tries to force her into unthinkable Pakistani conservative ways Was she to move on in life and be willing to accept her family s humiliation due to her behavior Could two people from two different worlds be able to withstand all the pressures life has to give Not only is this a great story I love the way the characters are true to life I would recommend reading this book if you love romance and mystery The message this book gives is we re not so different At the end of the day, we have so much common ground I would love to see a series made from this story.

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    Note A Copy of this book was provided by Indireads in exchange for an honest review I thank them for the opportunity.When I first read the synopsis for the I was intrigued because the subject is considered taboo in Pakistan Natasha Ahmed has taken a very risky theme and turned it into such a beautiful story.Firstly I had my doubts about it but the I got into the story the I fell in love with it.And importantly SOMEONE FINALLY TALKED ABOUT THIS Butterfly Season is many thing but most of all it s a love story.It s a coming of age contemporary romance.It follows Rumi,as she struggles to find her own identity in a society filled with suffocating rules set by her family.Its a fight between what is considered right and what is right according to her Rumi s journey is incredible and filled with all kinds of emotions.When the journey was this good,the end was even beautiful.It tells us about the freedom that we Asian women, desire for I loved Rumi s character Any Pakistani girl, leading the same situations as her, could easily relate to Rumi.This story is about Rumi from Karachi who visits London for holidays and meets Ahad Falling in love and breakup and how Ahad finally realisez he can t live without Rumi Well written and narrated novella What made me enjoy the story is the cultural barriers that makes one to go through confusion in taking decisions due to the values and culture that one is brought out and when one faces reality Many young people go through this situation and are bound by society and values.Natasha gives us a perspective..Love has no boundaries.In RUMI S own words Out beyond ideas of wrongdoings and rightdoings there s a field I ll meet you there.