Genre – Fiction (Collection of short stories)
A head covering worn in public by some Muslim women – A Hijab. While a hijab has a simple meaning as this, different people around the world have created their own definition of of it. However, out of all the perceptions, I did not know what it may mean to the women wearing it and how different women may have a totally different perception towards a Hijab. This book made me realise so.
Hijabistan is a collection of 16 short stories, with one or two that have been published earlier and is based in Pakistan and London. It tells you how different women incorporate a hijab in their daily life and the role it plays in their day-to-day lives. The entire book revolves around a hijab giving way to various different issues and stories.
A book full of different stories from around the two countries entirely based on Hijab. It surely can be called a Hijabistan.
The language is intense. The author has used easy words very accurately. The right word and the right phrase have been used at the right places. Some phrases also portray the creative side of the author, just like the book’s cover. It can be understood easily. You won’t have to wrack your brains to understand the hidden meaning or what the author wants to convey.
I loved most of the stories but 2-3 stories were cliche and not very clear compared to the other breath taking stories.
However, I did understand how a hijab can have so many meanings. I was brought in terms with the fact that hijab is not always pressure. Arrange marriages can be a personal choice. Hijab can be someone’s preference. But it may also turn out to be almost deadly.
In the end, I would love to recommend this book to everyone as a one time read and a must read to all the feminist friends.
Rating – 4/5