Book Reviews

Rafina – A Review

Hey Bibliophiles,

Welcome to my blog! ❤

My semester – end examinations are beginning this Saturday, so this is my last review before my exams. 🙂

Today, I am posting a review on Shandana Minhass book,“Rafina”.

 

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Synopsis –

Rafina looks at the glamorous girl on the billboard outside her window in Karachi and thinks, It won’t be long before I’m up there. Too poor for college and dismissive of marriage, the clear-eyed young woman cajoles her mother’s friend and Radiance beauty parlour masseuse, Rosie khala, into taking her on as an apprentice.

Thus begin her brave misadventures – from clumsy parlour assistant, to mostly dependable tea girl, till in a stroke of serendipity, she is ‘discovered’.

Poised to have everything she thought she wanted, the only thing standing between Rafina and that billboard are the people who think she should still be using the service entrance.

My Review –

Rafina is an amazing book, describing the journey of Rafina who dreams of becoming a model/billboard girl. She is too poor for college and dismissive of marriage, the clear-eyed young woman cajoles her mother’s friend and Radiance beauty parlour masseuse, Rosie Khala, into taking her on as an apprentice.

She encounters people in Radiance – Nausheen, PJ, Nawal, Uzi, who are shown to be of various shades. Rafina has a good, but not great, relationship with all of them. She’s shown to be optimistic always about her future. She loves Rosie Khala like her mother, and is devastated when she dies.

Overall, I enjoyed this journey of Rafina from beauty parlour to billboards and TV commercials.

 

Verdict –

I have seen other reviewers not liking it, but to be honest, I loved it. I really liked Rafina’s simplicity, her yearning for becoming a model. She struggles to be in good looks of Nausheen, PJ, Nawal and sometimes gets a scolding from these three. Rafina’s mother is shown to be too busy in her son & her ignoring Rafina. So, Rafina finds solace in Rosie Khala.

Overall, this book was a good journey of Rafina from a beauty parlour to the modelling industry of Pakistan. I loved the book. Looking forward to read other books by the author. ❤

 

Title : Rafina
Author : Shandana Minhas
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Rating : 9/10 ❤

 

*Thank you Pan Macmillan for providing me a paperback edition of the book.*

 

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