TITLE: Little Maryam
AUTHOR: Hamid Baig
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
PAGES: 298
GENRE: Romance


During the course of an international flight, Saadiq Haider, a renowned gene therapist is transported not only back to the country that he left behind 20 years ago, but also back to a past that has never ceased to haunt him. A past filled with pain and love lost. A past that refuses to be suppressed by alcohol and drugs; memories of lost love that can't be forgotten by the charms of other women.

Saadiq travels back in time-to the rice fields of northern India, to the boughs of an ancient banyan, to the cool and calming winds of the valley where he grew up- a time when he could trust people. A time where every second, every minute, every hour, was Maryam's. Maryam Dawood, a little girl who was scared of monsters, a girl who asked too many questions, a girl Saadiq was born to protect. A girl whith whom he shared his first kiss; Saadiq's first and only love. The girl who was forcefully taken away from him. Now, decades later, Saadiq is going to see Maryam. One last time.


This is Author Hamid Baig's debut novel and I absolutely fell in love with this unique story of true love between Dr. Saadiq Haider and Maryam Dawood. Journalist Anne Miller plays an important role in this book. Miller meets Saadiq and she is curious to know about his story and she is finally successful in her attempt in knowing the story behind Saadiq's visit to India. He narrates his story to her in flight when he is coming back to India after 20 years.

Protagonist, Saadiq was a son of  Gardener Haji. Maryam was Colonel's daughter. He grows up with her and falls in love with her innocence. They were planning to marry soon and unfortunately Saadiq was accused of killing Ritesh, his friend and son of influential politician Ashish Bidhuri. He spent 5 years in prison and his love Maryam is parted from him. After his release from Jail, Saadiq faces many difficulties but soon he becomes a rich and famous personality. After 20 years, fate brings Saadiq and Maryam together again. After that there are many twists and turns in the story. To know what happens next, you'll have to grab this book.

I loved the beautiful and cute love story, Saadiq and Maryam share. The unconditional love and sacrifice for love, shown in this story deeply moved me. Author Hamid made the characters come alive through his words. I could feel Saadiq's pain of separation from his beloved Maryam and I could truly feel his happiness when he reunites with her. Saadiq showed what selflessness and love is all about.

I loved the writing style of author. The language used is simple and easy to understand. The book cover is attractive. The title is apt. The book was gripping and an emotional read and I couldn't put it down until I finished the entire book. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Reading Little Maryam was a wonderful experience.

I can say the Hamid Baig has become one of my favourite Authors in no time to all and I can't wait to read his next book. I highly recommend this novel- Little Maryam to all romance lovers and I am sure you will fall in love with the book.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Book cover: 5/5
Language: 5/5


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Hamid runs a successful market research company, providing customer insights to some of biggest names in the industry. He is a voracious reader and has been one for as long as he can remember. He started penning short stories at a very young age, but never thought of writing a full length novel until the idea for Little Maryam popped into his head. He writes as fast as he reads, which is sometimes just a little too fast. Apart from enjoying good books, Hamid is passionate about travel and food. He is sometimes called “the culture connoisseur” by his friends because he loves having long conversations about different cuisines, exotic travel locations, and of course, books. Hamid lives in New Delhi with his wife and two wonderful kids.


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