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Becoming Assiya: The Story of the Children of War by [Keshwani, Simran]
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Length: 120 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"The Past is always in a discordant love with the present. And it is upto us to unleash its secrets, and learn from it, not repeat it."
Becoming Assiya is the story of a misplaced Syrian refugee and her trial with a past of Blood, wounds, War, Doubt and Hatred and the troublesome Hope of a better tomorrow. The woman's journey encompasses through the landscape of Wartime Syria, through her mother's journal and the rebuilding of a Post War identity for a land washed with blood, and what it meant to be alive, stuck in the middle with No Identity and Struggle, two complex concepts intermingle in this book and intersect at a common point, that of finding yourself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1940 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N5XZT7N
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got a free book in exchange for a review.

Becoming Assiya is a gorgeous yet heart wrenching story about war and it’s ravages and how everyone especially women suffer through it. It talks about a young girl and her story, woven into the Syrian war.

Although I found the book a little hard to read initially, because of its style of writing, but soon I was engrossed into it and developed a deep bond with Assiya.

Assiya is someone with a voice. Her struggles and ordeals felt real. However I hoped the character was a little more defined and developed.

Overall, Becoming Assiya is a fantastic debut and I hope Simran Keshwani writes a lot in future.

Rating – 4.4/5
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Becoming Assiya is about a Syrian refugee Assiya Al Saeed who lands up in the great nation of America. But this land of dreams hardly provides any solace and she lives a detestable life. Nikki, Silver, Crissy and many more names for her but not Assiya Al Saeed. Daughter of a courageous mother who died saving the life of another child, Assiya now seeks refuge in her mother’s poems. But she survives courageously because the spirit runs in the family.
The story traverses to future when the civil war has finally ended but only after brutally shredding a beautiful country of every shred of its soul. Assiya and many other Daughters of the War now want to come back to their Sham (country) to rebuild it. But what UN claims as “mass genocide” has left scars too deep to heal so easily and quickly. The horror that war instilled in young hearts and minds can take ugly shape any moment. Revenge knows no reasons, afterall.
I have to confess that during the initial few pages, I was tempted more than once to quit. But I am glad I didn’t because the story gradually grows on you. And somewhere in the between, you are completely absorbed by it. There are shocking descriptions of the cruelty which make you squirm. And a strong determination develops within you assuring that this entire struggle will not go in vain. Though the plot is fictional, I am sure there is an Assiya, a Rabbia and a Malak somewhere out there who are living a life that makes death look like a pleasant dream.
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Has a book really got into your heart so deep that you could barely sleep that night? One such book I had the privilege to read – BECOMING ASSIYA by Simran Keshwani.

The book is about a Syrian refugee – events she sees, people she encounters, her feelings. I have always seen the news on the conditions of these refugees but never did I feel so much for them. This particular paragraph I would’ve read a couple of times –

‘ A young boy watches fascinated as his fellow ‘Jihadi’ brother teaches him to shoot a moving target. He is only thirteen years old but he has seen sights which would make even the most hardened military men or women shiver.’

 When finished, I put the book down, took a deep breath and prayed that night. Prayed to the Supreme Being for justice! What had they done to go through this all! It took me a while to go to sleep …. this reality was disturbing – even if I wish to, how could I help ?!?!
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Assiya is a dystopian fiction covering the story of a young teenage girl Assiya, and the hardships she faced during the Syrian civil war. A heart wrenching story of how a young refugee fought through all circumstances.
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