Urdu is a widely spoken language in Pakistan and India. Since a lot of people speak, understand and practice Urdu, Urdu literature contains a wide reservoir of novels, poetry, tails and dramas.
Urdu romantic novels are specially very popular due to distinct writing style and the plot of the story. Major topics include common social issues, religion and other love tails.
Here in this list I am going to share “Top 6 Romantic Urdu Novels that You Should Read Once” if you can understand Urdu.
1) Peer-e-Kamil (SAWW) by Umera Ahmed
Peer-e-Kamil (English: The Perfect Mentor) is a story focusing on a deviational sect which violates the finality of our Prophet (P.B.U.H) meanwhile, narrating a heart wrenching journey of two unhappy souls; Salaar Sikandar, a genius with an outstanding I.Q who has complicated queries about life and Imama Hashim, an ordinary girl with a stable family. Both are poles apart in terms of spiritual awakening. Destiny maneuvers their lives to cross each other’s paths, until Salaar falls in love with Imama after facing a horrifying experience that totally changes the course of his life.
2) Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia
Raja Gidh is one of the most widely read and acclaimed Urdu novels. Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king. The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures. In fact, parallel to the main plot of the novel, an allegorical story of such a kingdom is narrated. The metaphor of the vulture as an animal feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals is employed to portray the trespassing of ethical limits imposed by the society or by the religion. Bano Qudsia has written this novel drawing on the religious concept of Haraam and Halaal.
Apart from the above implication the novel has many social, emotional and psychological aspects. The nostalgic narration of the historical Government College Lahore and of the Lawrence Garden Lahore lights upon the days of seventies and eighties.
3) Khudda aur Mohabaat by Hashim Nadeem
Khuda aur Mohabbat a fascinating novel written by Hashim Nadeem is totally worth reading. It consists of two parts: One that deals with Emotional conflict, and other one deals in religious conflict. Both the sides gradually develop keeping the readers engaged and entertained. A mind griping story for sure!
4) La-Hasil by Umera Ahmed
La Hasil (English: Hollow Pursuits) is a sublime tale of individuals who faced different trials in life. Driven by desire, belief, pride and prejudice, they run their lives according to their views. Khadija Noor, the centre stage character is the epitome of belief, patience and self-sacrifice. Mazhar, a seemingly practicing Muslim, is a self proclaimed caretaker of Islam. Marium, another main character, is desire personified. Catherine is a British girl, whose Pakistani father betrayed her mother, Ruth. This left irreparable scars on their lives.
It’s a story of redemption of someone and regrets of someone else. It’s a story of bringing out yourself from filth and then walking on the path of self-rectification & self-righteousness. It’s a story that tells when someone finds the light by the Grace of Almighty then nothing else matters anymore.
La Hasil was first published in Khawateen Digest from September 2001 to December 2001.
5) Jannat Kay Pattay by Nemrah Ahmed
Jannat Ke Pattay is a story of Courage, Reality, Struggle and Faith which makes novel reader thrilled, fascinated and awed. The leading character Haya Salman, LLB Hons student, a girl who initially has made an impression of a very modern girl, faced an amusing turning point in her life when she got a scholarship from a Turkish University and some body uploaded her personal video of a family function on internet. As she belongs to a conventional family, she contacted an Cybercrime Division Officer Major Ahmed but she was astonished that he knows her very well. The author has beautifully blended romance, loyalty, care, hospitality, suspense thriller treasure hunting and sacrifice along with enmity, wrath and fear with a beautiful and memorable message for her all readers, that we all make several faults in our life n remain unaware of them, but when Allah ta’la decides to make us to repent and learn of our deeds, HE assess us on the basis of taking the sacrifice of our most dear thing. Nemrah Ahmed has emerged as a very popular writer in recent years and produced some marvelous and best seller novels.
6) Ishq ka Aen by Aleem-ul-Haq Haqqi
Aleem Ul Haq Haqqi is a big name of Urdu Adab. He contributed a great work for it. His field is Novel writing. He writes for many digests of Urdu, like Suspense Digest. He wrote many novels, but his most famous and successful novel is Ishq Ka Ayn. The novel is a story about Ilahi Bakhsh, a poor person from Abbottabad, the beautiful valley of Pakistan, and Sadi (Sadia) a rich girl from Karachi. Ilahi Bakhsh goes from Abbotabad to Karachi to earn money and starts a job of loader in Karachi.
His Ishq (Love) with Sadi was Ishq Majazi (the love with human) but turn into Ishq Haqeeqi (the love with Allah) and he becomes a saint and his dua (pray) is approved by Allah Almighty. The book is very interesting and when one starts reading it, it is quite hard to leave it before finishing the book.