Rafina: A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas

Rafina: A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas

Shandana Minhas / Jun 27, 2019

Rafina A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas 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

  • Title: Rafina: A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas
  • Author: Shandana Minhas
  • ISBN: 9386215381
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 pa 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 280 pages Published May 23rd 2018 by Pan Macmillan India More Details ISBN 9386215381 ISBN13 9789386215383 Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Rafina, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jul 06, 2018 Pooja rated it liked it Shelves arc, owns, 100 pages There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve the fear of failure Paulo Coelho, The AlchemistRafina, a girl with big dreams somewhat un achievable for her, lives in Pakistan She has grown seeing the picture of the models on the billboards outside her home She knows that until something magical happens she cannot make her dream come true And yet she never stops dreaming.Her mother works day and night for the survival of the family until the day comes when she cannot an There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve the fear of failure Paulo Coelho, The AlchemistRafina, a girl with big dreams somewhat un achievable for her, lives in Pakistan She has grown seeing the picture of the models on the billboards outside her home She knows that until something magical happens she cannot make her dream come true And yet she never stops dreaming.Her mother works day and night for the survival of the family until the day comes when she cannot any Rafina persuades her Khala to take her as her assistant in a beauty parlor.From a novice assistant to becoming a tea girl, her journey continues Ups and downs keep making friends with her Sometimes she copes with them and sometimes she combats with her fears.Where does fate take her Will she become a billboard girl that she dreamed of After coming so close to her dreams If yes, then at what cost Shandana writes her book like a poetry She has created a determined but a bit self obsessed character in Rafina At points you want to scold the protagonist for seeing the negative side of the coin rather than positive But that s life, isn t it At points you are bound to cheer You Go, Girl The nexus between the women themselves is sketched well Reading between the lines, one can see the clear image of how the mindset of people works You can relate to it if you dream of the impossible like Rafina But one shouldn t have high hopes from this one Character development has been portrayed a little Rafina comes from a financially low background that provides you a perspective of someone who hasn t received the resources and the struggles that comes their way to get to the top.Rafina s ambitions and hopes worked nice for it but her lack of knowledge, unawareness and confused nature lessen the impact that she could have had The cover design is certainly enticing The book was that it was written in 2004 and got published in 2018 Such a long journey, the words have been through A predictable plot, fantastic cover design and light read flag 12 likesLike see review Jul 05, 2018 Helly rated it liked it I am on the same boat as all other readers of Minhas when it comes to this book Rafina It is probably due to the lovely cover, the enticing blurb, the strong and independent Echoes of the title which makes way for a girl to show her real talent, and past works of Shandana Minhas that a reader opens the pages with high hopes However just 50 pages into it puts your feet as well as your expectations on the ground.So if you like light reads and reading about women, you may love this book but b I am on the same boat as all other readers of Minhas when it comes to this book Rafina It is probably due to the lovely cover, the enticing blurb, the strong and independent Echoes of the title which makes way for a girl to show her real talent, and past works of Shandana Minhas that a reader opens the pages with high hopes However just 50 pages into it puts your feet as well as your expectations on the ground.So if you like light reads and reading about women, you may love this book but beware of high hopes from this because it just doesn t deliver Rafina is an ambitious girl who wants to make it big in life and is enchanted with the dream of making it to a billboard that showcases beautiful women endorsing products Choosing a plot like this meant endless possibilities but soon the author disappoints and the story takes a much unsatisfactory turn Rafina could have been portrayed so extraordinarily, my complaint is that she was not even made ordinary She hangs somewhere in between, confused and almost unaware of where her life is leading her flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Anukriti Malik rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, review copy But my nose is straight and my eyes are better How are her teeth so white Or do they just look like that because she s so dark Truth be told , we all are influenced by reviews we hear or read , be it for a book or an author I heard outstanding reviews for Shandana Minhas s previous works and right about the same time Rafina was sent to me.Rafina is just like all the girls out there Her dreams touch the sky but society dismisses them Her eyes always look up , not towards the sky but the But my nose is straight and my eyes are better How are her teeth so white Or do they just look like that because she s so dark Truth be told , we all are influenced by reviews we hear or read , be it for a book or an author I heard outstanding reviews for Shandana Minhas s previous works and right about the same time Rafina was sent to me.Rafina is just like all the girls out there Her dreams touch the sky but society dismisses them Her eyes always look up , not towards the sky but the billboards of Karachi and her dream is to be up there for the world to see She knows the hardship to reach up there and her next to impossible dream may never be fulfilled but that never stops her from dreaming She joins her khala as an assistant in a beauty parlour and thus her journey begins.The refreshing blurb and subtle cover had my expectations touching the clouds but just few pages in and I knew this book isn t the one for me.The plot is great but what disappointed me was the execution The book just flows and flows and I absolutely failed to make a contact with Rafina s character The blurb sounded like it is a women oriented book , talking about hardships but it all felt lousy and didn t fell in place.There were no chances of the character building up , which the story definitely demanded The end was a fail and I really didn t see that coming Had it been something else the book would still have been a tad bit better.The writing is lucid and poetic which might provoke me to pick some other book by the author but this definitely didn t work for me.Not Recommended flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Sohinee Reads Reviews Bookarlo rated it liked it Shelves fiction, review copy, hardcover, 3 4 star Read The Full Review Here REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY Rafina is the story of an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams Dreams that compels her to stare at card Girl on The Billboard every single day from the window of her home at Karachi The lady on the billboard is an inspiration to her and she too wants to be up there one day and look down at the whole city of Karachi She wants to be a model and wants people to her All in all, she wants to be famous Read The Full Review Here REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY Rafina is the story of an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams Dreams that compels her to stare at card Girl on The Billboard every single day from the window of her home at Karachi The lady on the billboard is an inspiration to her and she too wants to be up there one day and look down at the whole city of Karachi She wants to be a model and wants people to her All in all, she wants to be famous Good for her She has a dream and she wants to achieve her goal, what could go wrong Apparently, many things.They say that we should keep our head between our shoulder and not try to peek in through the clouds, but who would tell Rafina that its better to keep her feet on the ground and not reach for the stars right in the beginning, when she isn t even walking in the same path as card girl Its good to have an ultimate goal but daydreaming usually doesn t do any good.Rafina s mother was the breadwinner for her household After her husband passed away on duty, she had to start working even harder and fend for her family When Rosie, Rafina s khala aunt visits them to inquire about their well being, she doesn t miss on talking about the ladies parlour she works in Rafina overhears the conversation between her mother and her khala, and makes an impulsive decision of working at the parlour as Rosie s helping hand Also, she believes apprenticing at the parlour will give her some experience on what goes on behind making someone beautiful.She is a quick learner and soon finds herself adept at handling the expensive wax used for waxing Not to forget she mastered threading too Working at the parlour sure did prove to be fruitful for her when another door of opportunity opened before her She grabbed it eagerly only to find herself working as a tea girl later on But she didn t lose her hope.Rafina is a mixed character All along I was confused whether I am supposed to like her or not I am still perplexed as to whether Minhas portrayed her character this way where you would almost want to dislike her but then she would do something which would make you like her in that moment So, I was in a constant dilemma Right from the beginning of the book, Rafina is portrayed as someone who believes she has all the talents to be up there on the billboard What I found unlikeable about her character was how she tended to belittle the people around her and often thought too highly of herself She would always compare herself with the models and think that she is better looking than them and even think of some of them as fat and ugly She was even rude to her mother when her face became ashen due to working too hard She would comment on Rosie s physique and would depreciate the way she looked, the way she walked and even the way she spoke She had narcissistic tendencies but I was okay with that But the minute she started downgrading others, even her mother, that s when I grew an urge to dislike her.If I forget about Rafina and talk about the other parts of the book, I would say that Shandana Minhas has a very impressive writing style The narration has a great flow and doesn t lag anywhere Overall, the flow is consistent and it really helped me from giving up on the book It didn t get boring Shandana has used very simple language but the way she has structured the sentences is what makes the reading process good The blurb is sure to garner reader s attention and the cover is also attractive.I really liked Rosie s character Even if she was a supporting character, I felt she was developed than Rafina I didn t see a character development in case of Rafina and that was a bit disappointing Also, the ending of the book felt rushed to me I was hoping for a clean end where I wouldn t have any questions after I close the book, but that sadly didn t happenNAL THOUGHTSI won t say that I am completely disappointed with the book Disappointed with the character on some level Yes When I first read the blurb, I formed an image of Rafina who is a strong and bold woman, someone who knows what she wants and how she would achieve her goals But upon reading, I found out that she is nothing like what I had expected and that was a tad bit disappointing.Overall it s a short read which would be ideal for a Sunday afternoon.POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING For reviews and bookish posts, follow my blog at poesyinchrysalis.wordpress For review enquiries, write to me at queryhinee gmail. flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 08, 2018 Tavleen Kaur rated it it was ok Shelves read in 2018 Reading the blurb of this book makes one expect a unique and refreshing story Perhaps the journey and struggles of a strong woman It was a huge disappointment when I discovered that this book is nothing like that.I liked the author s writing style She had a good way of providing vivid descriptions The problem is that I didn t like the things she was describing and they went on and on.The story follows Rafina as she starts working at a salon and eventually gets discovered It shows the shad Reading the blurb of this book makes one expect a unique and refreshing story Perhaps the journey and struggles of a strong woman It was a huge disappointment when I discovered that this book is nothing like that.I liked the author s writing style She had a good way of providing vivid descriptions The problem is that I didn t like the things she was describing and they went on and on.The story follows Rafina as she starts working at a salon and eventually gets discovered It shows the shady ways of the modeling business Most of the characters were unlikeable and that made it hard to read about them Rafina had it in her mind that she was destined for great and better things I like characters who are confident and ambitious but I kept wondering while reading if she has any talents that will take her to stardom I found her delusional and her character didn t improve at all throughout the book.I can t say this book was enjoyable for me The ending was abrupt and I wish it was better It is possible that the main point of the story was Rafina s hardships but it was delivered in such a way that I couldn t appreciate the story at all.Thanks to the publisher for the review copy flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 19, 2018 Booxoul rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here No one is any better or worse than anyone else Rafina is a story of Rafina who is an ambitious young girl living in a 2 room police quarter on the 3rd floor of service compound in Karachi, Pakistan From the vantage of her room s window, she can see a billboard with a model s face on that and she has a dream of being on that billboard some day.The headlights from the cars that fed the road, illuminated her bedroom walls at night made it easier to pretend the room was a stage With the hop No one is any better or worse than anyone else Rafina is a story of Rafina who is an ambitious young girl living in a 2 room police quarter on the 3rd floor of service compound in Karachi, Pakistan From the vantage of her room s window, she can see a billboard with a model s face on that and she has a dream of being on that billboard some day.The headlights from the cars that fed the road, illuminated her bedroom walls at night made it easier to pretend the room was a stage With the hope that someday a man in a big car will spot her at the window would be delighted by her beauty, comes Deputy Superintendent to tell that her father was dead And that s when this whole journey starts.Rafina s mother, Naz started working at a garment factory which was harming her health and thus Rafina decided that she will work from now.She started working with her Rosie Khala Aunt , who works at a beauty parlor and does all kind of stuff like waxing, threading etc as an apprentice What she wanted was to rise above it all, and loom over the world like the woman in the billboard When I first received this book, first of all, I loved the cover and read the synopsis, I thought Ok, so this book is about a girl chasing her dreams but trust me other than some few pages of starting and ending, the whole book is about waxing, threading, manicure and all other beauty stuff and tea.If you want to read how she became what she wants to be, then read the last 3 pages In spite of being a short read of 163 pages, neither it entertains you nor it makes you wiser Though it can be your lethargic noon read.I would ve loved the book if the ending would be different or if the book is a bit lengthier to relate all things because when you read the book and you re at the sake of finishing it, you ll feel like that after 160 pages, Shandana has written only because she has to complete the book 2 5 stars from me flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Aditi A Thousand Words A Million Books rated it liked it Shelves 2018, review copy, india, could have been better, whiny heroine, fame, family Actual Rating 2.75 StarsAS SEEN ON A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Pan Macmillan India in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own THOUGHTS BEFORE READING THE BOOK 1 This cover is pretty AND, I mean VERY PRETTY.2 YAY for books set in the Desi Pakistani world There can never be enough of them out there 3 I really hope this is a feminist journeyOUGHTS AFTER READING THIS BOOK 1 I m just not sure what I felt while rea Actual Rating 2.75 StarsAS SEEN ON A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Pan Macmillan India in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own THOUGHTS BEFORE READING THE BOOK 1 This cover is pretty AND, I mean VERY PRETTY.2 YAY for books set in the Desi Pakistani world There can never be enough of them out there 3 I really hope this is a feminist journeyOUGHTS AFTER READING THIS BOOK 1 I m just not sure what I felt while reading it It was sort of this mechanical read where I kept telling myself, Oh, there s only sixty three pages left Let s get to the end and formulate your thoughts And then I reached the end, and I had felt and thought nothing of this book 2 Rafina is basically the story of this young, ambitious Pakistani girl who wants to make it big as she stares at a billboard next to her window, and I WOULD HAVE LIKED IT, except the actual making it big part, which we know happens from the blurb description, was all of three pages in the end and the REST WAS ALL ABOUT MAKING WAX, JUDGING WOMEN AND MAKING TEA And, I was basically just confused 3 Also, there s this last paragraph in the book that was just SO STRANGE AND DEGRADING, I honestly didn t know what to make of it.And that s all the thoughts I have on this book It was strange, and basically felt like a lot of filler and judging poor women based on their body type, size and appearance, and I didn t really like it much This could have been so much , but it just wasn t flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Faiqa Mansab rated it really liked it Devastatingly honest portrayal of a woman living below poverty line, trying to make a better life for herself and her family Plenty of humour and a heartwrenching representation of a girl with dreams I thoroughly enjoyed this novel I was rooting for Rafina all the way The ending was superb and reminded me of Barbara Taylor Bradford famous A Woman of Substance Would tell you why but don t want to spoil it for others This is the story of a survivor and I imagine many Pakistani girls would r Devastatingly honest portrayal of a woman living below poverty line, trying to make a better life for herself and her family Plenty of humour and a heartwrenching representation of a girl with dreams I thoroughly enjoyed this novel I was rooting for Rafina all the way The ending was superb and reminded me of Barbara Taylor Bradford famous A Woman of Substance Would tell you why but don t want to spoil it for others This is the story of a survivor and I imagine many Pakistani girls would recognize themselves in this story The humour was sharp and stinging I swallowed the digs on Punjabisthere were plenty to go around and were very funny.The representation of the salon life, the fashion industry, and Karachi is devastatingly honest and makes this a rich read I want to read all tour other books now So off I go to Readings Congratulations on writing such a wonderful woman like rich novel and not a marriage in sight Bravo flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Gayatri Saikia rated it liked it Was I impressed by the synopsis Yes Did I oogle over the cover Yes Yes.On the outset of the novella Minhas gives us a glimpse of the life of Rafina, the main protagonist who inspite of not belonging to a well off family has always dreamt of dominating the bigscreen.I personally had a love hate relationship with Rafina She is an optimistic and always sees the positive of situations On the other hand she is kind of mean and selfish and tends to hurt her mother and her aunt who is her guide Was I impressed by the synopsis Yes Did I oogle over the cover Yes Yes.On the outset of the novella Minhas gives us a glimpse of the life of Rafina, the main protagonist who inspite of not belonging to a well off family has always dreamt of dominating the bigscreen.I personally had a love hate relationship with Rafina She is an optimistic and always sees the positive of situations On the other hand she is kind of mean and selfish and tends to hurt her mother and her aunt who is her guide at times She considers her beauty to be prime and although it isn t a bad thing she kind of judges others physical appearances too She is also indecisive at times that completely turned me off.The writing style of the author was exemplary and kept me going on With vivid descriptions of the places and events the book seemed to be a treat The characterization was well off but it would have been better if the author had given some spotlight to characters like Nawal, Kunwar the brother of the protagonist and Fahad.I was fascinated by Rafina s character development but the end was abit rushed and I could have done with a few pages to learn about how and what happened to her after the party.My personal favorite was Rosie Khala and I adored her Her diligence and how she guided Rafina was indeed a highlight for this book.My Rating.8 9 flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 25, 2018 Atiya rated it liked it I love this novel for how firmly it is set in the Karachi of my youth when music channels and Vaneeza were the ish everything felt glittery and shiny and there was hope I think the characterization of Rafina felt a little forced, just like the urdu words inserted here and there The descriptions of the underworld of the parlor Radiance was she taking a jibe at Nabila s were incredible though The processes of waxing, threading and hair dying were nothing short of visceral and beautifu I love this novel for how firmly it is set in the Karachi of my youth when music channels and Vaneeza were the ish everything felt glittery and shiny and there was hope I think the characterization of Rafina felt a little forced, just like the urdu words inserted here and there The descriptions of the underworld of the parlor Radiance was she taking a jibe at Nabila s were incredible though The processes of waxing, threading and hair dying were nothing short of visceral and beautiful juxtaposed with Rafina s filthy surroundings and where she grew up Rafina is poverty porn but doesn t feel sorry for it s characters and that is where it triumphs flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Komal rated it liked it Shelves 2018 Rafina was much better than I expected it to be the blurb made me think of Other Rooms, Other Wonders and Slumchild and neither are very positive associations for me The novel was engaging and Rafina is relatable but the ending was extremely unsatisfying and rushed flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 01, 2018 Simran poetryd.tea rated it really liked it Shelves coming of age, chick lit, fiction This lovely novella by Shandana Minhas is a great book to read on a relaxed evening with a cup of tea I m glad I picked this up, I was in a reading slumber and this genuinely put me out of it The easy smooth flowing narrative with some outrageously witty and funny comments just kept me hooked and I managed to finish it in one go A bit about Rafina, she s a beautiful, clever a bit narcissistic Pakistani girl who looks at the billboard outside her window in Karachi and dreams of being on one so This lovely novella by Shandana Minhas is a great book to read on a relaxed evening with a cup of tea I m glad I picked this up, I was in a reading slumber and this genuinely put me out of it The easy smooth flowing narrative with some outrageously witty and funny comments just kept me hooked and I managed to finish it in one go A bit about Rafina, she s a beautiful, clever a bit narcissistic Pakistani girl who looks at the billboard outside her window in Karachi and dreams of being on one someday It takes a lot of misadventures from working as a clumsy parlour assistant, to mostly dependable tea girl to get where she dreamed of despite everybody who tries to meddle and stand in the way.The character portrayal does justice to her roots, it s quite realistic added with the effortless writing style of author which doesn t need to beg for your attention because you are all ears for the story from start made it a perfect read for me The usp of this book is that it stays devastatingly honest about the situation of a woman living below poverty line, with crude inner thoughts portrayed without edits that might shock you that the character has uttered something of this sort or even offend you but is the honest portrayal of Rafina flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Anukriti Geekybibliophilictraveller kaleidoscopicnerdy rated it did not like it An ARC was provided to me by the publisher This review is in no way influenced by that fact Thank you Pan Macmillan India When I first saw the cover of this book, I was elated It was super pretty and the story sounded really good and I was so excited to find out about Rafina One of the reasons was also that it was based in Pakistan and I wanted to see that perspective as well The author had even been nominated for several prestigious awards But, in one word, this book was disappoint An ARC was provided to me by the publisher This review is in no way influenced by that fact Thank you Pan Macmillan India When I first saw the cover of this book, I was elated It was super pretty and the story sounded really good and I was so excited to find out about Rafina One of the reasons was also that it was based in Pakistan and I wanted to see that perspective as well The author had even been nominated for several prestigious awards But, in one word, this book was disappointing.The thing is, there are different type of people in the world kind, cruel, self obsessed, narcissistic, nerdy and I can go on with the list of adjectives Similarly, there are different types of characters in books Rafina is like everyone, with dreams to touch the sky and be famous but she is cruel, self obsessed, narcissistic, arrogant and an all rounder jerk Being poor doesn t give anyone the right to be a douchebag When people read books, they are influenced by what they are reading This book had so much potential and it was all wasted I didn t understand the use of this book at all I know this is a novella and they are supposed to be short but they are supposed to make sense too More than 100 pages were literally wasted in explaining waxing and all the rude things Rafina had to say about people around her There was one twist on page 117 but frankly speaking, I didn t understand the need for it yet again When finally something happens for Rafina, the book ends abruptly and dayum that ending I didn t like that at all I had to force myself to read this book and it was just so degrading towards females that I didn t feel like reading it Instead of complaining about everything, I ll try to give some suggestions from my side on how improve this novel well this is already here but some pointers on how it could have been better First of all, do something with that plot Please don t talk about only one thing for than half the duration of the novel Too much world building with no world as such built.Second, if you are an author, you are also acting as an influencer Please, don make your protagonist so mean and cruel for no reason.Third, I understand we live in a dark world and I m not asking for rainbows and unicorns but does Rafina had to be shown in such a light, including the last part of the novel With an enticing cover and blurb, this book failed to live upto my expectations.Peace out Byee flag Like see review Aug 09, 2018 Gazala rated it it was ok This novella takes one through the life altering events in Rafina s life She is a young girl who feels her beauty will take her places But the reality of life is completely different The girl on the hoarding inspires her everyday to dream big And thus Rafina quits her education and decides to work in a salon where she hopes she will get her miraculous big break while helping her widowed mother in running their humble household.The book came off as a rather clich one to me, but I just hop This novella takes one through the life altering events in Rafina s life She is a young girl who feels her beauty will take her places But the reality of life is completely different The girl on the hoarding inspires her everyday to dream big And thus Rafina quits her education and decides to work in a salon where she hopes she will get her miraculous big break while helping her widowed mother in running their humble household.The book came off as a rather clich one to me, but I just hoped that maybe it would be funny or full of satire There were definitely moments where I felt empathic towards her, but by and large, I found the lead character to be quite shallow and superficial Perhaps that was intentional, as the book shows the gap between the privileged and the ones who are striving hard to make ends meet It shows how the thinking of people from different economic stratas are completely different It shows how much appearances and the way a person looks seems to matter to certain people Apart from this, the book was an average read It stuck to all the clich ideas that one has of the glamour world with absolutely no new or interesting insights The plot was pretty average too, nothing amazing there either However, what did surprise me was how I had always imagined a predominantly Muslim Country like the one in the book would have a much conservative approach to fashion and glamour, but that clearly isn t the case It seems a lot similar to what we see in the rest of the world The book really lacked something I can t point out to what it could be Perhaps a spark of uniqueness Maybe something that really made me feel like hey, now I did not expect that Every book should leave you with something, this book left me with nothing.It just made me vary of the fact that one needs to get down and dirty to make it big Which am really hoping isn t the case.Overall, a pretty clich and ordinary book Doesn t particularly bore you, but it doesn t promise fireworks of any sort either flag Like see review Jul 21, 2018 Shashank Pandey rated it really liked it The whole thing starts with the arrival of a billboard with a picture of a card girl on it Rafina a simple girl with a simple family comprising of her mother Naz and brother Kunwar starts competing herself with the card girl She developed dreams that someday she would be also on some billboard and people will admire her beauty Rafina s life takes a turn when her mother s friend Rosie Khala, as called by her offers her a job in the Radiance Salon where she herself worked Rosie Khala beca The whole thing starts with the arrival of a billboard with a picture of a card girl on it Rafina a simple girl with a simple family comprising of her mother Naz and brother Kunwar starts competing herself with the card girl She developed dreams that someday she would be also on some billboard and people will admire her beauty Rafina s life takes a turn when her mother s friend Rosie Khala, as called by her offers her a job in the Radiance Salon where she herself worked Rosie Khala became than a friend for Rafina, she turned to a mother like figure for her who cared for Rafina Rafina succeeded in acquiring a small position in Radiance but it was enough for her as Radiance was the most famous salon in the whole Karachi and many big stars came there every day She thought that someday it could give her a golden opportunity to fulfil her dream to become a real MODEL, with millions of fans at her back And it did happen and she got the success but it came with a bitter experience.The ending is a bit disappointing and not as good as compared to the whole story Shandana Minhas wrote an inspirational and very good story The story is wonderful and must read Written in an interesting and simple way, this story will tell you that sometimes ambitions as big as sky also become true The characters are well created and described.Everything is fine except the ending She did a poor work with the ending It was not according to the expectations of readers from her It ruins the soul of the story, a story of an innocent girl, and limits the audience of the story just because of the ending.If we leave that, overall, it is a superb story flag Like see review Jul 25, 2018 Theknightedcat rated it liked it I bought this book at the book launch in Karachi a very enjoyable event and although my tastes usually include fantasy books, Rafina held my interest from the first page The author s writing style is descriptive while still being pleasant and simple to follow Rafina is a all of us when we were teens, her I m better than you at this XYZ thing, saying things and regretting them immediately, dreaming way too big I ve often felt we hate the characters who remind us of ourselves, and Rafina pro I bought this book at the book launch in Karachi a very enjoyable event and although my tastes usually include fantasy books, Rafina held my interest from the first page The author s writing style is descriptive while still being pleasant and simple to follow Rafina is a all of us when we were teens, her I m better than you at this XYZ thing, saying things and regretting them immediately, dreaming way too big I ve often felt we hate the characters who remind us of ourselves, and Rafina proves that her vainness is irksome, but we ve all been there, whether we openly admit or not Rafina s gossipy inner voice brought humour to the story and she made a very good narrator The only thing I really didn t like was the ending rather the last paragraph , it felt emotionless, like words had just been thrown on the paper, and created a disconnect between the reader and the character, are we to believe that view spoiler Rafina used sex to further her career Perhaps it is not so uncommon, but there must have been reservations that were not explored or if they were in a relationship, there was no indication hide spoiler Rafina is a good read, plus a beautiful cover, I would recommend it for anyone looking to briefly hop into a different but not really world flag Like see review Jun 30, 2018 Kartika rated it did not like it A complete disappointment I read the summary and I was so excited to read this book but the book and the writing failed me I continued reading this book to the end to find out if it gets better but it only got worse It was getting better in the middle when Rafina was beginning to realize what her aunt meant to her butyou know how some people kill the moments The character and the writing as done as it was, killed every good moment possible with ignorance and poor representation In my opi A complete disappointment I read the summary and I was so excited to read this book but the book and the writing failed me I continued reading this book to the end to find out if it gets better but it only got worse It was getting better in the middle when Rafina was beginning to realize what her aunt meant to her butyou know how some people kill the moments The character and the writing as done as it was, killed every good moment possible with ignorance and poor representation In my opinion, the book has a flawed idea about sexual orientations, sexuality, women, confidence Maybe the author wanted the support of the dark and skinny girls who are so hated by the popular media but it doesn t mean you can pull other women down to feel superior Plus, the book actually shames people who are overweight How is anyone s weight your problem And the ending oh my fucking God It is so terrible I did not like the book at all I promised an honest review So, here it is flag Like see review Aug 05, 2018 Samra Muslim rated it it was ok Maybe the author was aiming for realistic read dark and twisted closure to Rafina s dreaming but i for one am disappointed What could have been a great attempt to showcase and tell a story of a strong independent girl who dares to dream and fulfil its an almost blabbering attempt to her life reaching a point due to fate, people around Rafina like Rosie Khala and very convenient read cliched scenarios Extremely let down because this story REALLY has potential and Maybe the author was aiming for realistic read dark and twisted closure to Rafina s dreaming but i for one am disappointed What could have been a great attempt to showcase and tell a story of a strong independent girl who dares to dream and fulfil its an almost blabbering attempt to her life reaching a point due to fate, people around Rafina like Rosie Khala and very convenient read cliched scenarios Extremely let down because this story REALLY has potential and could have gone 100 different ways flag Like see review Jul 25, 2018 Privy Trifles rated it really liked it I have always enjoyed reading stories based in Pakistan and this one was no different.Rafina comes across as a someone who is you and yet so much different in so many ways It was perfect roller coaster ride in terms of emotions There were pages where I laughed like crazy while there were pages that tugged my heart like none another.Read the full review on my blog flag Like see review Jul 20, 2018 Sara Naveed rated it really liked it Rafina is an ordinary girl daring to see extraordinary dreams with her open eyes Her zest to become successful in life takes her on a smooth sailing ride to explore the key players in the industry fashion she hopes to work in From being a salon girl to becoming the ramp model for an impending commercial consumer product, Rafina is ready to give in everything to fulfill her dreams and take her family far away from the poverty stricken life Will she succeed in her mission Find out by reading Rafina is an ordinary girl daring to see extraordinary dreams with her open eyes Her zest to become successful in life takes her on a smooth sailing ride to explore the key players in the industry fashion she hopes to work in From being a salon girl to becoming the ramp model for an impending commercial consumer product, Rafina is ready to give in everything to fulfill her dreams and take her family far away from the poverty stricken life Will she succeed in her mission Find out by reading Rafina s story which has been told in an extremely funny yet poignant way This is the first book I ve read by Shandana Minhas After having read this book, I would love to explore other works from her I wish her all the best with her future endeavors flag Like see review Jun 27, 2018 shreya rated it liked it Shelves review copy Wasnt up to my expectations flag Like see review Aug 09, 2018 Vani Kalra rated it really liked it Enjoyable short read She captures Rafina s desperation to rise above her lot and ambition very well flag Like see review Aug 22, 2018 Sunny Moudgil rated it really liked it Shelves teen Shandana MinhasRafina 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 apprenticeShe 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 t Shandana MinhasRafina 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 apprenticeShe 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 diesOverall, I enjoyed this journey of Rafina from beauty parlour to billboards and TV commercialsI 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 flag Like see review Subhajit Das rated it liked it Nov 21, 2018 Sanyya rated it really liked it Sep 23, 2018 Gaurav rated it really liked it Sep 17, 2018 Lanika rated it liked it Jan 02, 2019 Teesta Guha Sarkar rated it it was amazing Jun 30, 2018 Rutuja Patil rated it liked it Sep 18, 2018 Jul 04, 2018 Sulagna Mondal added it Shelves owned books Read my complete review this book, the author Shandana Minhas gives the readers a glimpse into the dirty works of this industry.The book also tells about the relationship that these women have between themselves while working in the industry They have no one but each other to hold on to I loved how Rafina s previously held cynical view of Rosie Khala changes into admiration once she sees how Rosie Khala is helping her throughout her journey.The Read my complete review this book, the author Shandana Minhas gives the readers a glimpse into the dirty works of this industry.The book also tells about the relationship that these women have between themselves while working in the industry They have no one but each other to hold on to I loved how Rafina s previously held cynical view of Rosie Khala changes into admiration once she sees how Rosie Khala is helping her throughout her journey.The little mentions of Rafina s family s skepticism about her work, her neighbours constant teasing and jealousy, her colleagues indifferences when she worked as a tea girl and her own naivete thoughts about her being the best amongst all, adds flavour to this novella flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Fiction 2 users Young Adult Coming Of Age 1 user Womens Fiction Chick Lit 1 user Young Adult Teen 1 user See top shelves About Shandana Minhas Shandana Minhas 28 followers Shandana Minhas, born on 26th October 1975 in Karachi, is an award winning Pakistani writer Her first novel, Tunnel Vision , a first person meditation on life as a woman in a man s world In a coma, reduced to the sum of my biological function, I was the perfect woman Pretty Pliant Docile Accepting was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize It was later tr Shandana Minhas, born on 26th October 1975 in Karachi, is an award winning Pakistani writer Her first novel, Tunnel Vision , a first person meditation on life as a woman in a man s world In a coma, reduced to the sum of my biological function, I was the perfect woman Pretty Pliant Docile Accepting was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize It was later translated into Italian as Pakistan Graffiti Her second novel, Survival Tips for Lunatics , was published in 2014 A bitingly funny adventure in which a bickering couple accidentally leaves their two sons behind on a camping trip in Pakistan s turbulent Balochistan province, it became the first children s book to win a general fiction prize in the region, taking the Karachi Literature Festival fiction prize in 2015 Her third novel Daddy s Boy an amorality tale was published in 2016 by 4th Estate Mohammed Hanif called it heartbreaking and hilarious Ms Minhas has also written for stage, screen and opinion pages Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, and been adapted for cinema She is a college dropout, and a mother of three She still lives in Karachi where she co founded, in 2016, the indie press Mongrel Books mongrelbooks.pub Books by Shandana Minhas More Trivia About Rafina A Novella No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 2, 10, 17, 6, 5 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    Rafina A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas Rafina A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas 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 pa. Rafina A Novella libertybooks 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 Rafina, A Novella by Shandana Minhas reviewed by Sheila Jul , The novella opens with a statement made by a family friend, which Rafina overhears It s the name, Naz, it s the name Who told you to call her Rafina Sounds like a dancer in the movies. Cover Reveal RAFINA A Novella by Shandana Minhas From Jun , Announcing RAFINA , a beautiful yet heart breaking novella by Shandana Minhas published by Pan Macmillan Publishing India Private Limited 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. Customer reviews Rafina A Novella Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Rafina A Novella at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Rafina A Novella by Shandana Minhas Book Review Booxoul Rafina is a story of an ambitious young girl living in a room police quarter on the rd floor of service compound in Karachi, Pakistan with a dream of Buy Rafina A Novella Book Online at Low Prices in India Review of Rafina A Novella by Shandana Minhas Rafina is a story of Rafina who is an ambitious young girl living in a room police quarter on the rd floor of service compound in Karachi, Pakistan From the vantage of her room s window, she can see a billboard with a model s face on that and she has a dream of being on that billboard some day. PDF Download Rafina A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Rafina A Novella Hardcover by Shandana Minhas Rafina looks at the glamorous girl on the billboard outside her window in Karachi and thinks It won t be long before I m

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        Shandana Minhas, born on 26th October 1975 in Karachi, is an award winning Pakistani writer Her first novel, Tunnel Vision , a first person meditation on life as a woman in a man s world In a coma, reduced to the sum of my biological function, I was the perfect woman Pretty Pliant Docile Accepting was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize It was later tr Shandana Minhas, born on 26th October 1975 in Karachi, is an award winning Pakistani writer Her first novel, Tunnel Vision , a first person meditation on life as a woman in a man s world In a coma, reduced to the sum of my biological function, I was the perfect woman Pretty Pliant Docile Accepting was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize It was later translated into Italian as Pakistan Graffiti Her second novel, Survival Tips for Lunatics , was published in 2014 A bitingly funny adventure in which a bickering couple accidentally leaves their two sons behind on a camping trip in Pakistan s turbulent Balochistan province, it became the first children s book to win a general fiction prize in the region, taking the Karachi Literature Festival fiction prize in 2015 Her third novel Daddy s Boy an amorality tale was published in 2016 by 4th Estate Mohammed Hanif called it heartbreaking and hilarious Ms Minhas has also written for stage, screen and opinion pages Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, and been adapted for cinema She is a college dropout, and a mother of three She still lives in Karachi where she co founded, in 2016, the indie press Mongrel Books mongrelbooks.pub


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    1. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve the fear of failure Paulo Coelho, The AlchemistRafina, a girl with big dreams somewhat un achievable for her, lives in Pakistan She has grown seeing the picture of the models on the billboards outside her home She knows that until something magical happens she cannot make her dream come true And yet she never stops dreaming.Her mother works day and night for the survival of the family until the day comes when she cannot an There is [...]


    2. I am on the same boat as all other readers of Minhas when it comes to this book Rafina It is probably due to the lovely cover, the enticing blurb, the strong and independent Echoes of the title which makes way for a girl to show her real talent, and past works of Shandana Minhas that a reader opens the pages with high hopes However just 50 pages into it puts your feet as well as your expectations on the ground.So if you like light reads and reading about women, you may love this book but b I am [...]


    3. But my nose is straight and my eyes are better How are her teeth so white Or do they just look like that because she s so dark Truth be told , we all are influenced by reviews we hear or read , be it for a book or an author I heard outstanding reviews for Shandana Minhas s previous works and right about the same time Rafina was sent to me.Rafina is just like all the girls out there Her dreams touch the sky but society dismisses them Her eyes always look up , not towards the sky but the But my no [...]


    4. Read The Full Review Here REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY Rafina is the story of an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams Dreams that compels her to stare at card Girl on The Billboard every single day from the window of her home at Karachi The lady on the billboard is an inspiration to her and she too wants to be up there one day and look down at the whole city of Karachi She wants to be a model and wants people to her All in all, she wants to be famous Read The Full Review Here REVI [...]


    5. Reading the blurb of this book makes one expect a unique and refreshing story Perhaps the journey and struggles of a strong woman It was a huge disappointment when I discovered that this book is nothing like that.I liked the author s writing style She had a good way of providing vivid descriptions The problem is that I didn t like the things she was describing and they went on and on.The story follows Rafina as she starts working at a salon and eventually gets discovered It shows the shad Readin [...]


    6. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here No one is any better or worse than anyone else Rafina is a story of Rafina who is an ambitious young girl living in a 2 room police quarter on the 3rd floor of service compound in Karachi, Pakistan From the vantage of her room s window, she can see a billboard with a model s face on that and she has a dream of being on that billboard some day.The headlights from the cars that fed the road, illuminated her bedroom wal [...]


    7. Actual Rating 2.75 StarsAS SEEN ON A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Pan Macmillan India in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own THOUGHTS BEFORE READING THE BOOK 1 This cover is pretty AND, I mean VERY PRETTY.2 YAY for books set in the Desi Pakistani world There can never be enough of them out there 3 I really hope this is a feminist journeyOUGHTS AFTER READING THIS BOOK 1 I m just not sure what I felt while rea Actual R [...]


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