Book Review: Nights of Rain and Stars

images-4By Maasi Saba

Book: Nights of Rain and Stars
Author: Maeve Binchy
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 400
Rating: 3.5/5

One of my favorite writers is the Irish author, Maeve Binchy. She writes beautiful, clean novels that I wouldn’t be embarrassed if my daughter picked up and started reading. Most of her novels take place in Ireland. One can picture the loches, greenery, mountains and the small towns with great detail.

This particular novel is set in a small, fictitious village of Aghia Anna in Greece. Nights of Rain and Stars is about one summer and four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape.  These strangers from Ireland, America, Germany and England, have each left their homes and their old lives; each with a life in turmoil, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together. Fiona is a young nurse, trying to make her family understand her need to follow her own path, even if it involves Shane the drug dealer. Thomas, a professor, can handle his divorce, but not the thought of sharing his son with another man. He misses his young son and fears that his ex-wife will come between them. Elsa abruptly left her career as a television presenter in Germany, but someone from her past refuses to let her go. And shy, quiet David is determined to make a stand against his overbearing father.

With these four is Andreas, the tavern owner, where they all first meet. He badly misses the son who left home nine years ago and has never returned. There is also Vonnie, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near native. With Vonnie’s help, the tourists gradually begin to realize how they must solve their problems, even though they may resent her at times. Though Vonnie helps them all understand their problems, she makes a mess of her own life.

As light rain falls on this village, strangers come together to become the closest of friends. This novel is beautifully written, and takes you away to a wonderful place. After turning the last page, I felt as if a good friend had moved away. I wanted to continue reading about these life long friends. Try and get a copy of this novel, you will truly enjoy it as much as I did.

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Hello, we have arrived!

Veuve-Clicquot-BoursaultAnd we come in peace!

Whether you go by Mom, Mother, Mummy or Mama, or by any other name under the sun, there is one common fact that we all share… that is, we crave the company of other moms in order for us to share, to believe and to understand that the chaos in our lives is not unreal.

This blog has been created by us (the maasis!) for all of you moms out there who want motherhood to be one never-ending adventure (which it is, really) but more importantly, to be able to enjoy it as well along the way.  

We all need people who can understand us, a place to go to in our desperate times, when we feel so down we just want to shut ourselves in a room, never to come out again. But of course, you know it as well as we do, this is not how the story goes, which (among other reasons) is exactly why we came up with the idea of this blog. And exactly why we want you all to be an active part of it! 

Let this blog be a place where you can come to be inspired, to be encouraged and to find hope when you feel you’re losing faith in yourself. A place to giggle over a cute story, take part in a “mommy rant” or just give your very precious two cents about anything which could be of use to other mums. 

Remember, you can ask us if you are having any problems that you think you need help with. You can approach us and it will be our utmost pleasure to be of help. 

Just be happy and strive, strive always to be the best mom you can ever be. And being the best doesn’t necessarily mean being a super mom. Sometimes, being the best mom only means being there for your children, whenever they need you. Sometimes it’s just as simple!

A brief little history of this cute little word, “Maasi”!

Okay, so we call ourselves the Maasis and are very glad about it too! But wait, what does this word Maasi actually mean?

Maasi (Punjabi): maternal aunt; mother’s sister. ‘Mausi’ in Hindi and old Urdu. 

Sadly, the correct usage of this word has diminished to a great extent nowadays. These days, house helpers in Pakistan are the ones mostly called maasis. Which isn’t bad in anyway; if anything it gives these women the respect that they deserve for doing all that they do for us. But that said, this modern usage of the word “maasi” has to a great extent, diminished its proper use and meaning of the word “maasi” has altered completely. So much so, that most people in Pakistan, let alone anywhere else, are unaware of what this word initially stood for.

We, at Maasi is Trying, realise this and it is exactly why we’ve chosen this name to represent us. We want to give power back to this word; also to make people realise that maasis (the ones who work day and night for our comfort) are actually very much like our maternal aunts and should be respected as such.

Happy reading! 🙂