The Writing on My Forehead

The Writing on My Forehead A free spirited and rebellious Muslim American of Indo Pakistani descent willful intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family duty obligation and fate choosing instead to

  • Title: The Writing on My Forehead
  • Author: Nafisa Haji
  • ISBN: 9780061493867
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • A free spirited and rebellious Muslim American of Indo Pakistani descent, willful, intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, making the world her home But when tragedy strikes, throwing Saira s life into turmoil, the woman who circled the globe to uncover the details of other lA free spirited and rebellious Muslim American of Indo Pakistani descent, willful, intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, making the world her home But when tragedy strikes, throwing Saira s life into turmoil, the woman who circled the globe to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own In need of understanding, she looks to the stories of those who came before her grandparents, a beloved aunt, her mother and father As Saira discovers the hope, pain, joy, and passion that defined their lives, she begins to face what she never wanted to admit that choice is not always our own, and that faith is not merely an intellectual preference.

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    1. I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars for this one. I settled on 4 because I like the roll of the prose. Very readable. Some of the "big reveals" are perhaps a bit too predictable---or maybe it's just that I'm a genius. ;-) As Saira reaches adolescence, she begins to probe her family history while on a visit to Pakistan. She discovers some juicy secrets her parents had been keeping from her, but as time goes by also gains a new respect for the choices and struggles of various family members. There's a [...]

    2. For the majority of the past year, I've been searching for novels written by Pakistanis, about Pakistanis. As someone who both identifies as a writer and South Asian, I figure that any future personal projects would be strongly influenced by my background. I was curious to see how other writers, those who identify similarly to me, would navigate this kind of task especially with consideration to the audience. I fear that Nafisa Haji hasn't really given readers a well-crafted story here and so I [...]

    3. This is a wonderful novel, so moving, tragic, emotional, captivating, full of wisdomThis is a story of mother-daughters and sisters relationships, a story about family ties and family secrets and loyalties, a story about the past and the future, about personal journey of young Muslim-American curious, questioning girl with strong Pakistani-Indian heritage who grows into an independent woman, struggling between tradition and modernity.The message of this so enchanting book is that your family and [...]

    4. Jedna dobra prica o familiji koja kao i svaka ima svojih tajni, zamjeranja, ljubavi, postovanja, prihvacanja

    5. Every family has secrets. Some they keep because they don't want to face the truth by repeating it to their next generation. Some things become secrets because your elders don't consider them to be important enough for you to know. And some are kept because they don't want the people involved to be hurt. This book is about family and relationships within families, how history can repeat itself, how your one decision can affect others and the future generations, about past regrets and future worr [...]

    6. An interesting take on Indo-Pak cultures,families and values. Lost in the midst of tradition and values, Saira an American by passport but brought up with values and beliefs from back home is in search of her roots. Her search takes her through various stories of her family members during and after the split. In my opinion I felt this book showed how people in the Indo-Pak region mix and give greater value to tradition rather religion. On the whole it was a good book but my only complaint for th [...]

    7. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have shared it with many of my friends. Not only is it a story of a young woman becoming an independent adult but it reveals many of the difficulties in blending two totally different cultures. One can only imagine the feelings of guilt when Saira chose a different lifestyle than that dictated by family tradition. Choices made by other family members also come to light as being quite untraditional and in the case of a much loved aunt gives support to the decisi [...]

    8. It wasn't until the middle of the story that The Writing On My Forehead nearly broke my heart. And the scene that did it wasn't anything remarkable: it was when Saira decides to lie to her mother about playing Rizzo in her school's production of Grease. Prior to that, although I was enjoying the book, nothing had really moved me very emotionally. But then it hit me, the line that Saira was crossing, and I was touched.Nafisa Haji creates a very personal microcosm around her narrator, but this doe [...]

    9. I finished it in less than 5 days! Something that I have been missing for years! It was so readable as another review stated. I liked the characters, the details and her simple and attractive style, with that vivid cultural and historical emphasis. Looking forward to start reading her second novel.

    10. I very much enjoyed “The Writing on My Forehead”, the first book by Nafisa Haji. She draws from her own life to setup the scenes of the novel, which takes place in California, Karachi, London, and Mumbai, all of which figure in her own childhood and upbringing. The culture, religion, and issues that her characters face are also ones which she likely faced, and she does a wonderful job of describing them.This novel is written from the point of view of Saira Qadar, who like Nafisa is a Muslim [...]

    11. I am filing this novel with a host of other readable, but ultimately forgettable, "light fiction by women writers covering the EastmeetsWest theme" - Chitra Divakaruni, Preethi Nair, Roopa Farooki, Nikita Lalwani* (all reviewed here on my bookshelf). Although momentous historical events (Partition, 9/11) & complex cultural/religious issues feature in The Writing on My Forehead, the treatment is too "light" to bear any substantial commentary on these complex socio-political issues. The book h [...]

    12. I received this book from a first reads giveaway. I signed up for several books that looked interesting, and was excited to hear I was selected for this one.I found this book both entertaining and thought provoking. In one sense, this is the story of Saira and her sister. It is the story of of a girl growing into a woman and of the meeting of cultures. It is also the story of an extended family, and many other sibling pairs within it. More than anything else, it is a story of relationships.Sair [...]

    13. Besides being the first book I have ever read by a Pakistani writer and having the subject matter be something so close to my everyday experiences, this book just didn't do it for me. As much as I wanted to like Saira, the supposedly spunky heroine of the novel, I couldn't get past her almost inauthentic voice. To be fair, the poor choices in regards to perspective and point of view made by the author is mostly to blame for that. The story starts in present tense, with Saira in her sister's hous [...]

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Writing on My Forehead" by Nafisa Haji. The novel provides an excellent glimpse into an Indian/Pakistani Muslim family's history. It is a novel that keeps unfolding itself, reaching deeper and deeper into the family's past. Not only does this novel manage to provide an insight into the Indian/Pakistani Muslim culture, it also shows beautifully how our past and our family members past shapes us and continue to shape us today. "The Writing on My Forehead" is a break with [...]

    15. The Writing on my Forehead by Nafisa Haji—amazing book with a great twist at the end—a story about a Saira Qader, an American teenager of Indo-Pakistani descent, lives a sheltered life in California with her older sister, Ameena, and their overprotective and fiercely traditional parents. Saira’s view of her family changes dramatically when she attends a wedding in Karachi and learns that her mother had lied to her about Saira’s grandfather: he is not dead but living in London with a seco [...]

    16. An excellent novel about family ties and a woman's role in a traditional culture. More here Guest post on her writing by author Nafisa Haji.

    17. Judul: Gadis PemberontakJudul Asli: The Writing on My ForeheadPenulis: Nafisa HajiPenerjemah: Alan Taufiq HidayatPenerbit: LiteratiJumlah Halaman: 410Cetakan: I, Juli 2010ISBN: 9786028740074Saira Qader, anak seorang Indo-Pakistani yang tinggal di Amerika Serikat, hidup dengan keketatan aturan agamis yang dibawakan oleh ibunya. Namun sifat keras kepalanya juga rasa dibandingkan dengan Ameena, kakaknya yang lebih taat. Kunjungannya ke pernikahan sepupunya dari pihak keluarga ibunya di Pakistan, di [...]

    18. Nafisa Haji's The Writing on my Forehead transports readers into another culture and the struggles that members find themselves in as the world around them evolves, causing clashes between modernity and the past. Told from the point of view of Saira, readers are taken on a very personal journey into the past, uncovering the deep secrets of Saira's grandmother and grandfather as well as her own parents. The dynamic between Saira and her sister is only partially shown, with the point of view of Am [...]

    19. 4.5 stars. I found this book by chance at the library and am glad I did, for it was quite an interesting read. Saira was born and raised near Los Angeles to Indo-Pakistani immigrants, leaving her struggling to fit in with her mom, who thinks all good girls just need to get married, and her dad, who's very quiet and lets the mom rule the house. Saira wants some sort of independence from this and to select her own path in life, not just follow the one her mom wants, so she leaves and becomes a jou [...]

    20. In this story, protagonist, Saira Quader is a second generation immigrant of Indo and Pakistani descent, who lives in California with her traditional parents and her older sister Ameena. While trying to honor her Muslim roots, Saira's free spirit and rebelliousness, has her wanting more out of life. Influenced by a great aunt who was a literary scholar, Saira wants to go to college, She chooses a non traditional career as a Muslim-American journalist.(p.40)"It had never occurred to me to wonder [...]

    21. Mama je imala prilično utješan pogled na svijet - loše stvari se dogadjaju lošim ljudima, ili barem ne baš tako dobrim ljudima koji su donijeli loše odluke. To je davalo svijetu neki logičan poredak, uloge su bile jasno odredjene, a dužnost i obaveza zadani u scenariju. Bila je to potpuno uvjerljiva logika za moju sestru.Niko je nije htio oženiti kada je odrasla, Njen brat je morao da je izdržava, brinuti se za svoju jadnu, unesrećenu sestru, neudatu, cijeli život. I dan-danas živi [...]

    22. The Writing on My Forehead is part of the growing genre about the immigrant experience in the US. It is the story of Saira Qader and her family, spanning 20 years and three continents. Saira's parents are Indian Moslems with their "global network" of family ties in England and Pakistan as well as the US. Saira's mother, Shabana, is very traditional, banning anything shorter than the knee after 12, eschewing Western-style dancing, performing in school plays. Any deviation from her view as appropr [...]

    23. I absolutely enjoyed my journey through this novel. In the first half, the reader is plunged into a series of stories and family history with 14-year-old Saira as she journeys from Los Angeles to London to Pakistan for her cousin’s wedding. I felt as though I were sitting in a room full of Saira’s family members, drinking tea and listening to each of them tell me their story. The second part of the novel is Saira’s story of growing up and finding herself in spite of - or because of – her [...]

    24. Great twist at the end :)I really enjoyed this novel, it started off well and just kept getting better - until at the end we discover something that I never would have guessed. That, for me, is the sure sign of a good book.The central character is Saira, the younger sister of Ameena. Although Ameena is very happy in her arranged marriage to Shuja, this is not enough to convince Saira that she wants to settle down to married life. Living in America, travelling to Pakistan, Saira also has relative [...]

    25. Haji has an unique ability to take a span of a lifetime and fluidly wrap it into 200 something pages. Even better--though it's overall in chronological order, she weaves moments of the past, even previous generations, into the story effortlessly. A very enjoyable read.More than that--there were two passages that really struck me:“I’m not normally so impressed by young writers. Altogether too self-consciously clever, too pat, too neat. Creative nonfiction is particularly repulsive—blurring [...]

    26. I would actually rate this as closer to 3 1/2 stars. I couldn't quite rate it 4 stars because the ending seemed rushed and out of sync with the rest of the story. While this story is about the experiences of a second generation Indian/Pakistani immigrant, I think it is much more a story about family, mothers, daughters and sisters. Saira, while growing up in America, is raised to follow her family's Indian/Pakistani culture, including the importance of family. While traveling to a cousin's weddi [...]

    27. A masterful tale of culture--a family's history as it unfolds parallel to modern history--and how individual choices affect so many. A fascinating glimpse into an Indo Pakistani world where family and culture are embedded into the main character's life, no matter how she tries to distance herself. The Indo Pakistani family relationship rules shape the lives and decisions of all the characters, even those who think they are rebelling. Family love is paradoxical - all encompassing, all inclusive w [...]

    28. A very good first novel with an interesting post-9/11 theme and a historical undercurrent. My main complaint is that it needed a bit more editing. Why did the acquiring editor allow her to quote a side character's boring political speech about journalism at length? My eyes glazed over after about the third sentence, and it went on for more than a page. It had nothing to do with the story, and in fact it made it seem less likely that the main character would actually find him attractive the way s [...]

    29. A very good book; a compelling and thoughtfully written work. Many favorite well crafted sentences, the opening being my favorite. "I close my eyes and imagine the touch of my mother's hand on my forehead, smoothing away the residue of childhood nightmares." ."I remember her soothing touch and appreciate it with an intensity that I never felt when she was alive.I shake my head to dispel the longing.""few cared about Rushdie's novel per se. It was its effect that was the story, not its content." [...]

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