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By: Omer Malik

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Five years of marriage or fooling around? Five years of love or sexual desire? Five years of living or hiding? 

These questions haunted a couple from day one, prying on their freedom to do as they pleased. This is the story of a marriage embroiled in forbidden love and desire, a marriage burdened by the two contradictory extremes of honor and passion in sub-continental society. When one partner tries to rekindle the lost affection with other, the narrator tries to explain to us why forsaking everything; their parents, society, religion and the teachings of God was not such a bad idea. Or was it? 

Torn between the will to live their lives as they please and the norms of the traditional and religious society of Pakistan, will these two forbidden lovers find consolation in their love for each other on this ‘second honeymoon’?

ISBN (Digital) 978-969-696-086-7
Total Pages 30
Language English
Estimated Reading Time 30 mins
Genre Tragedy
Published By Dastaan
Published On 01 Nov 2020
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Omer Malik

Omer Malik

An alumni of Froebels International School. Currently Studying law at Lahore University of Management Sciences. Author of Music of Life and All its Other Melodies, Pakistan's first young adult e-novelette. I love to write, photograph and travel. My writing motto: Tell the most simplest of stories, in the most beautiful of ways.


Arham Bhaiji


Jan 10, 2017

Lots of things about the lead character really hit home for me. Thanks for the great read!

Jan 02, 2017

I have never in my entire life read such a hypnotizing story. This little story felt like an amazing journey and left me in a state of awe that i cannot describe in words. It portrays the norms of our society in the most accurate way possible. I was bewitched by this tale. Hats off to you Omer !

hania khan


Nov 24, 2016

It was lovely.
I absolutely adored the little surprises & how the writer wonderfully portrayed entire lives in a few sentences .

Froza Ahmed


Nov 19, 2016

Murk Rajper


Nov 15, 2016

Written with such a nice flow!

Adiha Sohail


Aug 10, 2016

Not only the subject was a challenging one and the writer pull it off with great excellence and strong ability to narrate but also the placements,detailing and descriptions of scenes did justice to the story.

Aug 08, 2016

Thought-provoking, bold and honest. One of the rare gems to find especially coming from a Pakistani origin. The writing is excellent. Beautifully executed; a must read short story.

Aqsa Imran


Aug 07, 2016

well written!

Sameen Fawad


Aug 05, 2016

A short story that has so much to say. The success of this story is that there are so many things that stay with the reader and the description is on point.

Aug 05, 2016

A really powerful short story with vivid discriptions and a beyond amazing portrayal of the emotions of the characters.

Wafa Zaka


Aug 05, 2016

An achingly beautiful story. An eloquent narrative. Thoroughly enjoyed the honesty of ideas within the story.

Komal Rehan


Aug 04, 2016

To be able to introduce so many necessary elements of depth plaguing our country in a piece so short, and being able to involve the reader with equal ferocity, is truly a sign of skill and the creative mind.
Omer Malik has forced us to reconsider the perceptions of the society we live in, as well as much of our own.
Brilliant read.

Aug 03, 2016

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