When you read Asma’s Moonlight Baby, you have a connection with each story in more ways than one.
You become a character in the story. But in various levels. In one you’re the protagonist. In the other, the underdog. In some, the bystander. Albeit innocent.
The stories are the slice of an era that’s now, a longing for some, a memory for others and incomprehensible to many. An era which had its own ways of life.
Asma’s writing has a style reminiscent of a time when everything was relaxed.uncomplicated. priorities different. People saying things that they really mean to. Doing things that they actually want to.
You begin to understand that Asma is “… Watching, watching and collecting these lessons in life…” . somewhere, she knew, she must keep quiet, keep out of the way.
This is what the readers get drawn into. You finally end with the feeling that you’ve travelled a time machine which has opened a whole new world which existed once upon a time.
While some may marvel at that, some will say “hey, that’s me. Owned that car! I read that book! That’s my brother and sister!”
And then, realisation dawns on you that it’s your story that’s being written about.
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