โ€œIf we are the same person before and after we loved, that mean we havenโ€™t loved enough

-Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

๐–ฌ๐—’๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—† ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—‰๐—ˆ๐–พ๐—๐—‹๐—’ ๐—๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐–บ๐—…๐—๐–บ๐—’๐—Œ ๐–ป๐–พ๐–พ๐—‡ ๐—‚๐—†๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐— ๐–พ๐—…๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—Œ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐–จ๐—Œ๐—…๐–บ๐—†๐—‚๐–ผ ๐–ผ๐—Ž๐—…๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–พ๐—Œ. ๐–ณ๐—๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—๐–บ๐—Œ ๐–ป๐–พ๐–พ๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—€๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ผ๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐—‚๐–พ๐—Œ. ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ ๐–ฌ๐—Ž๐—Œ๐—…๐—‚๐—† ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—…๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—†๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–บ ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€๐—…๐–พ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‹. ๐– ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— ๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—๐—‚๐–ผ ๐–บ๐— ๐–บ๐—…๐—…. ๐–จ๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–บ ๐—๐–บ๐—‰๐–พ๐—Œ๐—๐—‹๐—’ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—†๐—Ž๐—…๐—๐—‚๐—‰๐—…๐–พ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—‰๐–บ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—‡๐—Œ. ๐–ฒ๐—Ž๐–ฟ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—† ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ผ๐—‚๐–พ๐—‡๐—, ๐–ป๐—’๐—€๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–พ ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐—๐–บ๐—€๐–พ. ๐–จ๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–บ ๐—…๐—‚๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€, ๐–ป๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—‰๐—๐—‚๐—…๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐—ˆ๐—‰๐—๐—’ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—…๐—‚๐–ฟ๐–พ. ๐–จ๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‰๐—‰๐—…๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ๐–ป๐—…๐–พ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹๐—‡ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—’. ๐–จ๐— ๐—๐–พ๐–บ๐–ผ๐—๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐—„ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐—‹๐–บ๐—‡๐—Œ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—† ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—Œ๐–พ๐—…๐—๐–พ๐—Œ, ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐—‚๐—Œ๐— ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐–พ๐—€๐—ˆ๐—Œ. ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–พ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—‰๐–พ๐—ˆ๐—‰๐—…๐–พ, ๐–พ๐—Œ๐—‰๐–พ๐–ผ๐—‚๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐—’ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡, ๐–บ๐—‹๐—๐—‚๐—Œ๐—๐—Œ, ๐—†๐—Ž๐—Œ๐—‚๐–ผ๐—‚๐–บ๐—‡๐—Œ, ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Œ๐—ˆ ๐—ˆ๐—‡, ๐—๐—๐—ˆ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐–พ๐—‰๐—…๐—’ ๐—‚๐—‡๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–ผ๐—Ž๐—…๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–พ.

A forty-year-old, Ella is a devoted housewife and mother. She waived her livelihood and happiness to heed her household in Boston and Aziz, a writer dwells in Amsterdam, fell in love in the most startling ways. Everybody believed that Aziz is the reincarnation of Shams of Tabriz (a dervish).

Society judged Ella and it wasnโ€™t the cakewalk for her either to fall in love in the mid-age when she was barely inclined to abide the idea of love. But the gospel reality is that love is the aroma and intent of life and it hits everybody, including those who scorn love and even those who use the word โ€œromanticโ€ as a sign of gripe.

Elif Shafak showcased the Sufi facet of love which brings the divinity and piety in the identities. The cover of the book is delightful and the touch of Islamic setting enhances its glamour.

The author aspires to unearth the need of care and belongingness from the victims of the cartel-beggar, drunk, harlot, leper; to the superiors like Shams of Tabriz and Rumi, and not overrating societal boundaries is something I liked most.

The Forty Rules of Love is a sober paced book which clutches your interest till the end. The citations used by Elif in the book was as simple and powerful as its cover.

And, how can I not mention that this book is full of fancy quotes that I couldnโ€™t resist penning down. Highly Recommended

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