Chronicles of a real mind, struggle

Staff Reporter

Kite Strings has been authored by Andaleeb Wajib

‘The book is unique and has no parallel’

Bangalore: What does it feel like to be a kite in the sky? Flying and yet being reminded of its restrictions, by the string that continues to pull it down. May be Mehnaz could tell what restricted freedom is. A Muslim girl from a south Indian family, hers is an intriguing tale that many girls could relate to, laugh, empathise and cry with.

Mehnaz, the protagonist of Kite Strings, the debut novel of Andaleeb Wajib, reminds us of many other young girls like her. Noted writer Wendy M. Dickenson, also the author’s teacher, who launched the novel here recently said: “I found myself getting into the world of Mehnaz as I started reading the novel,” Ms. Dickenson proudly said of her ex-student’s first novel. “You begin to care for Mehnaz very deeply,” she said.

“Important issues are dealt with very delicately in this book. It’s sensitively portrayed with a touch of humour,” Ms. Dickenson said. She eulogised the author for the way she brought to life the subtle feelings of conflict going on in a young girl’s mind, the rebel inside which doesn’t want to follow the obligations her community and family impose upon her.

“There’s a lot of me in her. She reacted the way I would, to many situations,” Ms. Wajib said, talking about the analogies in her own life and that of Mehnaz’s. “But it’s fiction,” she added. “It is the story of her search for her dream, to do something in life. She dreams big, but she does not know what she wants in life,” said a visibly excited Andaleeb, who describes herself as a mother, writer, blogger, foodie – strictly in that order.

Christina Daniels, author of Ginger Soda Lemon Pop, said Kite Strings was a kind of story that had no other inspiration. “Reading it wouldn’t remind you of any other book,” she said.

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