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Undying Affinity: Faiza Fazal

Sara Naveed was born on 1st April in Sialkot, Pakistan. She is an author and a deputy editor. She has authored many books, such as “Undying Affinity”, “Our Story Ends Here”, “All About Our Heart” and “The World Between Us”.
Undying Affinity is authored by Sara Naveed which contains 304 pages. It is one of the best novels, which is about love, that true love never dies . It can lose its way temporarily, but at the end it always finds its way back. This book got published in 2017.
The story of this book is about a girl, Zarish, who has everything in life. She is a beautiful student at University. Haroon has been her best friend since her childhood, when they were school classmates.

He had feelings for Zarish, but Zarish just took him as her best friend. One day, her friends planned to watch a movie and had dinner in a restaurant, where she met Ahmar Muraad. Mistakenly, Ahmar’s salad plate fell from his hands and ruined her top completely in the restaurant. She wanted to take revenge for it. Zarish asked her friends to do what she wanted them to do. When Ahmar left the restaurant going towards his car, Zarish’s friends splattered him with mud, an act about which Zarish felt guilty deep inside her heart.

On the other hand, Ahmer Murad was the son of Hussain Muraad, who was also one of the trustees of University. Ahmar had returned from the U.S after his M.Phil degree, and was about to teach financial statement analysis in the university.
When Zarish later saw Ahmar at her university, she became shocked, guessing why he was there. He entered in her class, and had an introduction with students. Zarish came to know that he was a professor of the university where she was studying.

He assigned the students an assignment, in which Zarish scored ten out of six. For her, these marks were not enough, because she was otherwise an intelligent student. She thought that he might have lessened her marks deliberately in order to take revenge of that night, or she had done Haroon’s assignment. She mustered some courage and asked him about her marks. He explained that he didn’t even remember that night. He took an assignment for rechecking, in which the student got ten out of eight. Zarish sent a friend request on Facebook to Ahmar. At first, he did not accept it, but later he accepted.

The faculty members had organized a trip to Badshahi mosque. They reached there and one of the university, Wahab told the students about Badshahi mosque, which was built in 1671by Moghul emperor Aurangzeb towards the end of the Moghul rule, and where Ahmar distributed sweets to poor children. After this, a carnival was held in university, in which Ahmar was the mentor of Zarish’s group. They sold cheese balls and Zarish made them. Zarish earned more money and she was the winner.

As the time kept going, Zarish got attracted towards Ahmar. Seeing Zarish with Haroon, Ahmar felt jealousy, because he loved her too, but he did not know. At first, Zarish’s friend Saleha, who made Zarish understand that he was her professor, told her that he could not love her. She thought about her friend’s words, and decided to not share her feelings to Ahmar.

However, in the masquerade ball, when Zarish danced with Haroon, Ahmar didn’t feel happy about this. With the passage of time , they both were attached to one another. Ahmar used to drop her home. One day, Ahmar was absent in university, which bothered Zarish that why he was absent, and that why he had not informed her. She went to Hussain Muraad, and enquired about Ahmar. He told her that Ahmar had met an accident. When she listened that, she could not bear it, and went to his home to ask about his health. Ahmar’s father knew that they both loved each other. At the time, Ahmar was sitting in his office, busy with checking papers, and Zarish was also there. When Zarish’s coffee fell across the table and also stained the papers, Ahmar shouted at her, and said she was an emotional fool. She became very angry and emotional, and she accepted that she was an emotional fool who fell in love with him.

He remained silent when he listened what she told him. Later at home, his father made him understand that nothing is immoral. Love can never be immoral. It is like a magnet which has no boundaries. It is free from all discriminations and it is limitless. After this, Ahmar decided to propose Zarish, but she was not ready to talk, because she was angry with him, but later when Ahmar proposed her, her anger broke into happiness. They were happy with one another, but Zarish’s father wanted Haroon for his daughter.

The next day was the marriage of one of the university professors, Maleeha, who invited all students as well as her best friend, Ambar, who was her first love. Ahmar loved her, but did not propose her, and that is why she got married to someone else. At the same time, Ambar was a widow and had a daughter. When Zarish came to know that Ahmar had concealed this to her, she bursted into tears, but later Ahmar made her understand that Ambar was his past, and now he just loved her. Soon, Zarish’s father came to know about Zarish’s love. He threatened Ahmar’s father as well as Ahmar, and got Haroon to beat Ahmar. Ahmar was admitted to hospital. Zarish knew who was responsible for Ahmar’s condition, who was her father. Zarish’s father decided to ruin the career of Ahmar, and he could, because he had the authority.

Ahmar’s father called Zarish and requested her to go away from his son’s life, otherwise her father would destroy his son. Zarish became ready to get engaged with Haroon, telling her father that he would not ruin Ahmar’s career. At the university, she told Ahmar about her engagement with Haroon, telling a lie that she had realised Haroon was the best partner for her. She didn’t tell him that she was doing these all for him.
On the day of engagement, she left her home and came to Ahmar. Ahmar’s guard told her that he had left for the U.S with Ambar. She thought maybe he had married Ambar, but Ahmar actually took her to Islamabad for treatment, where Ambar lost her life and Ahmar took her daughter’s responsibility.

At the same time, Zarish was living in Mansehra, running an orphanage, but no one knew where she was except her friend, Saleha. After three years, Ahmar came back from the U.S to Lahore, because Zarish’s father wanted to meet him before dying, but he died and left a letter for him. After his funeral, Ahmar read the letter and came to know why Zarish left him and how her father regretted not giving her hand to Ahmar. After reading the letter, he went for finding Zarish.

He found her with the help of her friend , Saleha, and took her back to Lahore. Both of them got married and started living a happy life.I recommend this book to those who have recently started reading books. I never felt bored while reading this novel. I assure the one who hands over this book will enjoy it a lot while reading.

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