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“Death and danger will shadow her, but the show must go on.”
― Harinder Sikka

Calling Sehmat

Book: Calling Sehmat
Author: Harrinder
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 204
Ratings: 5/5

Blurb: When a young, college-going Kashmiri girl, Sehmat, gets to know her dying father’s last wish, there is little she can do but surrender to his passion and patriotism and follow the path he has so painstakingly laid, It is the beginning of her transformation from an ordinary girl into a deadly spy.

She is married off to the son of a well-connected Pakistani General, and her mission is to regularly pass on information to the Indian intelligence. She pulls this of with extreme courage and bravado, till she stumbles upon information that could destroy the naval might of her beloved country.

Inspired by real events, Calling Sehmat is an espionage thriller that brings to life the story of this unsung heroine of war.

Overview and review: This is one of those books which I’d highly recommend and the significance of “high” is very high for me. Sehmat is a perfect women. She has wit and beauty and I believe with these two things she nearly conquered Pakistan. “Based on a true story” gives me goosebumps, it would be nearly impossible for a girl to sacrifice her love and normality for the sake of the country. No offence but the movie is nothing compared to the book, the author has got a great sense of writing man!. The author has done great work with the writing style. The plot is flawless, this book is the reason why we share book reviews, because they make other books dull. A man in my country will readily sacrifice everything he has got in his life. This book also concentrates over true feminism. Many of us would think that it is impossible for a girl to become a spy in a country which has been the centre of hate for Indians since its formation.

I don’t know if “Sehmat” was the real name of the women who ventured out in the alien lands but I’d like to salute her for what she did for the betterment of the country and it is very unfortunate of us that she remained “unsung”. In-laws are one of the most respected people in an Indian women’s perspective but Sehmat did not hesitated killing them for the sake of her watan. Bravo!!

The story taught us the meaning of true love from her parents to her, Abhinav even after knowing she is pregnant (virginity is a problem in India), he did not hesitated accepting her son as his foster son. Mir, a man who trusted the daughter of his friend and treated her as his own daughter, the fakir! without him the story would not have had a happy ending.

I love my country but due to constant negative news heard about injustice and lack of facilities and infrastructure makes me hate the system. It is our birthright to be patriotic even if you are born in Pakistan, you shall not hesitate loving your motherland because without your country, you may not have existed. I love reading fantasies but now I’ve realised that I’ve got a keen interest in thrillers. I’m betcha sure  once you pick up this masterpiece you are not gonna keep it down once you finish it. Lockdown proved to be a good time to finish my TBR, Calling Sehmat is one of the last books which I’ve kept on the bottom of the list but now I regret for the delay. Anyone reading this book review, you need to read it!!!!



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