Kis jahan ka zar liya (February 2000)
Kis jahan ka zar liya (February 2000)
Kis jahan ka zar liya (February 2000)
Written in the first person, this is a monologue. It’s a sublime story of love, betrayal, deceit and sacrifice. With clearly defined characters the story proceeds in an inimitable fashion that grabs the reader’s heart. Farooq and Shehla are madly in love. The only problem in their love story is that of a financial nature. Laden with responsibilities that are almost impossible to meet Farooq has no clue to how he is going to manage. He finds himself on a crossroad when Maleeha; an only child, whose parents are deceased and who is the sole owner of all their wealth falls, in love and proposes to him. Being sure that he still loves Shehla, he finds an alternate solution with Shehla’s consent. Farooq marries Maleeha, who has blind faith in him. Following his evil plan Farooq starts manipulating Maleeha. Maleeha is least bothered about anything but Farooq, and does not pay any attention to Farooq’s endeavors. The reality is revealed to Maleeha accidently while Farooq is away on a trip. She confronts Farooq, gets divorced and leaves the house, abandoning all her property. Farooq’s instant reaction is of immense joy and relief. He is amazed at achieving his aim so easily and starts his new life with his beloved Shehla. Life is absolutely hunky-dory for both of them, when Farooq’s thoughts start drifting towards Maleeha unintentionally. He tries to get rid of the thoughts but is unable to do so. Out of curiosity and caution he tries to trace her trail, but to no avail. Farooq succeeds in every aspect of life but the guilt keeps on lingering. He is further devastated to know that she was pregnant when she left him. Farooq is scarred for life; his successful life becomes meaningless and shallow when he thinks about his deception and Maleeha’s sacrifice. The part of the story where Farooq confesses his deep love for Maleeha has the most beautiful yet profound lines.