Set in the Afghanistan of early 1960s, when war made children orphans, the story revolves around childhood lovers Laila and Tariq.
While Tariq’s parents move to Pakistan and Laila stays back, pregnant with his child, she is forced to marry Rasheed after she loses her parents in a bomb blast.
Rasheed gives her a false news of Tariq’s demise and while Laila settles down in her home with Rasheed’s wife, Mariam and bears him a child, Tariq comes back. Now it’s up to them to stand up against the abuses and conspiracies in order to unite.
“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”
(6) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
Set in a very elite society of Russia, the novel revolves around Anna Karenina who visits her brother Stiva in Moscow to save his marriage.
There, she falls in love with Count Vronksy but is denied divorce by her husband. Now it’s completely on Anna to deal with this complicated situation where her heart is bruised and broken.
“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
(7) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:
This one is one of the most romantic of all the romances. Romeo and Juliet are torn apart in their family feud and undying love for one another.
Even if their story ends in a tragedy, they live in the hearts of generations yet to come.
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
How many of these have you read?
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