I’m reviewing this hilarious book ‘Typically Tanya by Taha Kehar’
I’ve always enjoyed reading Chick-Lit as they are very light to the palate and full on entertainment. So obviously I expected the same with Taha Kehar’s Typically Tanya. Well, it doesn’t disappoint me.
Opening Sentence: I sink my elbow into a sofa cushion, heave a long sigh and ransack my bag in a frantic search for my cell phone.
Page Count: 252 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
Meet Sassy Journalist Tanya Shaukat, whose blood runs thick with sarcasm. Working for Karachi’s Daily Image, Tanya’s living her life to the fullest.
But like the general plots of this genre, things don’t always go according to plan, and what is life, if there are no problems. But Tanya with her ever presents sarcasm and funny take on life, side-steps those problems neatly. She even manages to side-step the rishtaas her mother’s friends sends her way.
But life is not the one to give up so easily, throws another hurdle at Tanya. When Tanya’s good friend Sonia’s shaddi is called off, and she blames it all on Tanya. Tanya turns to his Bestfriend Hafeez, for whom she has a soft spot. But again faces disappointment.
Will Tanya manage to save her friendship with Sonia or Hafeez? Read the book to find out more…
Full of satire take on High-Class society of Pakistan, the book is sure to make you chuckle all the way to the last past.
The book is actually pretty funny and fun to read. Through the Taha Kehar’s Typically Tanya, we get a taste of the nasty boyfriend of the friend our heroine falls in love, Tanya’s humor and sarcasm and dysfunctional home of the protagonist make it a very colorful. I’m not going to sugarcoat and say that Tanya’s a “Hilarious” character, because even though she’s funny, she had her annoying moments as well. But I laughed quite a bit, and pretty much enjoyed a book that didn’t make me think about what was going on…just let me sit back and enjoy the show.
The characters are hilarious and very relatable, especially the Protagonist’s mother, I was in fits of laughter during the mother-daughter banter and I so could relate to their relationship.
The book is fast paced, with no dragging or stupid conversation. Though the protagonist’s character is too bold and self-centered, but her funny take on life and her sarcasm made all the difference. Language is smooth and easy to understand.
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‘Typically Tanya’ is a perfect light read for wintry afternoons.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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Page Count: 205 pages
Publisher: Palimpsest Publisher
Hanif Khan’s journey through life subsumes the history of Pakistan, the country whose creation he as a young man had passionately believed in. His tempestuous marriage to Anita Waterhouse, daughter of a wealthy Englishman in Karachi, on the eve of Partition and the creation of Pakistan, their attempts to deceive and hurt each other, and the consequences of all this for the next two generations – this is a story of epic dimensions.
Revolution s Child is a significant point of departure from my previous work. My first anthology is replete with poems that are laced with political overtones and complex emotions. Ideas flow with subtlety and build the scope for a melange of possible interpretations. The focus of this book is quite different. Through the eyes of both the underdog and the tyrant, the poems in this particular collection address sociopolitical themes without relying too strongly on obscure images to sugarcoat facts.
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