Author: Shandana Minhas
Publisher: Panmacmillian India
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.
The passage to the limelight stage of glitter and glamour is made through the dark abyssal alleys of politics, compromises, favors and sacrifices.
The book captures the quest of Rafina, a common girl grown up in poverty in a cramped government quarter dreaming of making it big in the world, changing the destiny of her family. Sudden turns of events lands her in the beauty business.From Radiance the ultimate place for any beauty lover, begins her struggle to achieve the place her heart always yearned for.
The author skillfully captured the stark reality of life, the cutting throat competition, the class difference and the constant struggle of the working class to make both ends meet.She deftly captured the undercurrents among the multiple characters and the constant pressure driving them.The detailed description brought alive the premise.
The central character is flawed.The shades of mean,selfish and ambitious Rafina came to the fore during various circumstances.Her thinking about close ones, clients and co-workers gives an insight into her dual nature.
The supporting characters were deprived of enough breathing space.The climax failed to do justice.It was quite contrasting to the whole story.
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