Sunday, October 6, 2013

Book Review : A Wild Rose

Book:  A Wild Rose

Author:  Uzma Jafri

 ISBN:  9789350880630

Genre:  Fiction/Romance

Price:  150 (I received it from Author)

Pages:  263


 If you are one amongst those who is always curious about- ‘why all bad things happen to good people’ then I must say this story would leave no stones unturned. A passionate story about love that reflects the true picture of teenagers/youth specially females who up till the age of late twenties grow up with the dreams of prince charming coming and sweeping them off their feet. A riveting must read for the fairer sex and an eye opener for all.

Cover page & Title:

If anybody wants me to generalize the story in one line I would say ‘A Wild Rose   love blossoms… until the thorn pricks’. Title is as aptly named as the cover page and therefore there should be a special mention of inkstudious and Sunil Kaushik for their outstanding work as any person who has read the story can acutely flash back through the entire story just by a glance.

About the Author:

Though she belongs to an affluent Muslim family, Uzma Jafri has been brought up in the most cosmopolitan way. A commerce graduate from Delhi University with a keen interest and active participation in public speaking, helped her to chisel a career in the media world. A television anchor by profession, she glows as a human being due to the unconditional support and love of her husband and child.

A Wild Rose’ is her debut humble attempt. Being a feminist at heart and in her actions, Uzma wrote this woman- centered fiction so that she could share her views with her readers. She is also a patron of the Non Profit Serve humanity foundation NGO which solely aims at serving humanity irrespective of colour, religion and culture.

She hands over the book to you and says “I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!”

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Compositional Report:

The first and the foremost thing that comes to my mind while writing about it’s compositional report is the panache at which the Urdu shayaris have been used and therefore I would suitably state a shayari which clearly defines the state of  the main character Ritu Anand –‘Doodh ka jala, chhaachh bhi phook phook kar peeta hai’ (Once Bitten Twice Shy).  

If the lessons of one’s first debacle is understood and analyzed properly the outcome of any recurring incidence would be sound. Though we often see a person who is being deceived once undergoes the pangs again and again if he/she doesn’t learn from their past experiences. Furthermore their wounds deepen when they start believing a person whom they know only for a certain time over the ones who know them from their childhood. This is the baseline over which the entire story revolves.

This story reminds me of one of the common question we often ask ‘Why do good people always suffer ?’ It’s not because they are genuinely good it’s because they are unable to differentiate between gold and the dust (good and the bad). 

Ritu Anand tries to salvage her lost possession (Name and fame) by returning to media after 2 years a consequence of the brunt of traumatic divorce which she has kept secret to the rest of the world. It’s said a person who has everything but not love is missing a huge chunk from their life…same was the case with Ritu, in the urge to find love she met a dashing, Casanova Anshuman through her new job in DAG (Dharma Agni Group).
Initially Ritu was weary of Anshuman though she was attracted to his looks but when Anshuman played his cards…it was too much to handle for Ritu and she gave in. Unable to control her crave for love she even curtailed her relations with her best friend Sumbul Siddiqui thus ignoring her warnings. This was the beginning of the path to downhill, Blinded by love she could only feel the passion of the wild rose until she was pricked by the merciless thorn. By then it was too late for either her best friend or her parents as the damage was beyond control.  


The best part of the story according to me is the way Uzma handled emotions. Though it’s a fiction but I believe there would be many who would relate their thinking with that of the main character Ritu and the dilemmas surrounding her.

I had one question right by the time I went through this Story. I am not taking anything away from her BFF (Sumbul Siddiqui ) and her efforts. She knew in and out about her friend…She knew it very well that Ritu was going down the wrong road then why didn’t she come up to rescue her friend before? Why was she not making efforts to contact Ritu for 2 months? 

This indeed is the charisma of the writer who made me feel helpless going about this riveting story. Full marks for the way she handled a rather difficult theme. Mesmerized with precise and engrossing story and now am eagerly waiting, crossing my fingers for the 2nd Part as I believe almighty can never be so harsh to people who are genuinely true with their feelings...!!!


I would rate ‘A Wild Rose’ 4 out of 5

Life Adjudication of the book: 

Though a fiction but a true eye opener which narrates the truth of about every second teenager/youth. This book shouldn’t be read for mere enjoyment but for a social upbringing.


  1. Hello Anjan. You presented the review in a very intuitive and true to heart manner. Looks a great pick to me.

  2. Some reviews makes the readers want to buy the book ..
    this one does.


  3. nice review -should be interesting.

  4. Hi Anjan, remember you had nominated me for Liebster Blog award long back? Thanks a lot, dear. Here's your questions answered:


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