ABOUT ANDALEEB WAJID
Andaleeb Wajid is a Bangalore-based writer very well known for topics like food, relationships and weddings in a Muslim context. Andaleeb Wajid has published 23 novels, of which three are e-books. Andaleeb Wajid started writing at very young age of 10 and after that decided to pursue writing as a career after school. She got married at the age of 19 and has two sons.Her book titles are very interesting and mostly food oriented,Her young adult novel When She Went Away was shortlisted for The Hindu Young World GoodBooks Award (2017). She is also a creative writing facilitator at Nutcracker Workshops.Let us now discuss about the books by Andaleeb Wajid.
BOOKS BY ANDALEEB WAJID
1.Kite Strings (2009)
The story is about life in Vellore, a town in Tamil Nadu from the perspective of Mehnaz, a headstrong girl who is unlike most other girls in her family or community. The culture and traditions of the Lababin Muslim community are well displayed in this book. Kite Strings is a novel dealing with the struggles growing up and making choices.
3.My Brothers Wedding (2013)
Here author has written about a girl who starts blogging about her experience of looking for a girl for her brother.The book is very interesting, with Q, Y, X, T, T and B representing the people in Sabas life who feature on her blog.Here Sabas brother Y, is to get married and, since the day her mother and sister began to search a perfect bride for him, And this was an opportunity for Saba to share with the world how a wedding can make everything around you go haywire.
4.More than just biryani (2014)
The story is about three women who followed their dreams.The story revolves around Sonia Kapoor, a journalist working in a Hong Kong food magazine, Zubi, a shy Indian woman living in Hong Kong with her husband and child and Zubis mother. Here Sonia Kapoor is interested to know about Zubi’s connection with food which results to Zubis mother’s simply cooked home food in her hometown Bangalore , where Sonia realises that there’s more to Zubi and Muslim food than just their love for biryani.
a) No Time for Goodbyes (2012)
This is the first book in a three-part series of Tamanna Trilogy which is set in Bangalore and is about sixteen year old Tamanna. The story revolves around Tamanna who discovers a Polaroid photo in her attic and then she suddenly find herself transported to the past – exactly thirty years ago.
b) Back in Time (2014)
Back in Time by Andaleeb Wajid is the second of the Tamanna Trilogy is a slight weak link in this series.Tamanna’s time-travelling adventures continued in this book here She and Manoj are very much in love but the trouble arises with the camera getting stolen and with no idea of how she will ever get back to the present. Still enjoys her life in the 80s, while saving her Ajji.
c) Time will Tell (2014)
Time will Tell is the third of the Tamanna Trilogy the story starts with Tamanna being in hospital with multiple injuries. And on the other hand Manoj is in desperate hurry to travel from 1983 to 2012 to be with Tamanna but by mistake, landed in 2022 and Tamanna is the only one who can bring him back.
6.When She Went Away (2015)
Story is about Maria whose sole focus in life is to find her mother ( who abandoned her family one fine day without explanation) and bring her home, so that life could go back to normal. The good thing was that the book is a smooth and breezy read, and despite its flaws, I was hooked on enough to want to know what happens next.The ending is a bit unsatisfying I would love if had a sequel for this.
7. Asmara’s Summer (2016)
The story is about Seventeen-year-old Asmara who is popular, funny and pretty, but has a secret that could destroy her street cred in college and that is her grandparents live on Tannery Road, an area known for its lower-middle-class Muslim population area she’s always ensured she’s avoided. And now, to her horror, she discovers that she must spend her entire summer vacation there.
8.The Crunch Factor (2017)
The Crunch Factor is a story about Twenty-six-year-old Aliya loves almost everything to do with food – eating it, styling it, photographing it. But while her career as a food photographer is on track, her personal life is entirely derailed.
Here Aliya is a food photographer with a taste for the finer things in life, Aliya is 27 year old single and lives with parents and doesn’t feel the urgency of getting married but soon finds Kamaal a perfect match for her but the story changes soon and there are many unfolds to the story read the book to find them out.
9. A Sweet Deal(2019)
A Sweet Deal is a story about Rumana A freshly minted chef who decides to trade her powersuit for chef’s whites to live her dream of owning a cafe. Cut to six months later and there is not too sweet, a gorgeous little cafe with a burgeoning clientele. This is home and heart and everything in between. But Rumana’s Banker’s bliss is cut short when competition drives in not only right into her street but parks itself right next door! What the… Enter Daniyal—rock star chef, too good-looking, and annoyingly charming. With him around, Rumana flits between being putty in his hands—giving away a cherished recipe to him when he asks nicely!—and getting mad at herself for her actions. But battle lines get drawn when Daniyal decides to present her recipe to the world with his take on it. Attracted towards the wild-haired Rumana, whose sweet kisses are a complete contradiction to her angry personality, Daniyal has no idea what’s about to hit him. At Daniyal’s Desserts, he can’t get her out of his mind. At not too sweet, Romana is plotting sweet revenge. Will the two be able to strike a sweet deal?
10.Twenty Nine going on Thirty(2018)
Twenty Nine going on Thirty is about Priya who is turning thirty, and feeling overwhelmed. Living in Bangalore with her best friend, Farida, and working as the social media head of a software firm, she’s weighed down by the thought of becoming a responsible thirty-year-old. To add to this, she also has to fend off her mother’s persistent queries about when she intends to get married. Things begin to look up when Priya bumps into her charming new neighbour, Ajay. Sparks fly, but she soon finds out that he’s a widower who has some baggage to deal with.
11.The Sum of All my Parts(2018)
The Sum of All my Parts is story that centers on women and relationships. It has everything, be it tragedy, heartbreak, courage, conviction, catharsis, humour or romance. The protagonist, Mariam, is living the retired life of an old woman in a quiet Vellore suburb. She teaches four woman how to crochet and all of them recount their lives while crocheting. their time together is refuge for them all.Of these four woman, one is merely 15, already married and pregnant, but doesn’t want the child. The second has been married for 3 years but hasn’t conceived yet. The third is in love with someone who is not her husband and is scared to break free from the shackles of marriage. And the fourth is sick of managing her home, son and mother-in-law all by herself, while her husband lives and works in Dubai.All the stories blend seamlessly. The conceptualization is brilliant and the narrative us beautiful. this engrossing tale of the lives of four ordinary women will surely invoke myriad feelings in the reader.
12.House of Screams(2018)
House of Screams is about Muneera who finds out her uncle’s old house on Myrtle Lane, and decides to move in with her husband, Zain, and their three-year-old son, Adnan. The promise of saving money and living in one of Bangalore’s nicest areas has them packing up their old lives at their tiny apartment and shifting to this sprawling bungalow.
But they soon realize there’s more to the house than its old-world charm. Bloody hands reach out of the walls; there’s a boy whom only Adnan can see; and every night, they’re woken up by loud, blood-curdling screams. As the terrors threaten to tear their little family apart, they discover the shocking extent of the house’s gory history. And unless they manage to leave, they’re going to become a part of it.
13. My Sister’s Wedding(2019)
My Sister’s Wedding is the second part of My Brothers Wedding the story is about Shahid and Saba have waited for three years to get married after the disastrous events that took place during her brother’s wedding. But with only three months to go, Shahid is impatient to be with the love of his life and Saba can’t understand his hurry.Quietly observing every move of theirs from afar is Rabia, Saba’s diva sister who bore the brunt of Saba’s enthusiastic blog. Now, with her daughter and her loving husband Rafiq by her side, Rabia ought to find her life complete, but she wants payback and she’s out to get it.Even as she collects evidence against Saba, she finds herself changing her mind. Is revenge worth ruining the tenuous relationship she had built with her sister finally? But then, certain events take place that hurtle the family into scandalous waters and Saba and Shahid’s wedding becomes the kind of wedding that was never seen before.
14. Jasmine Villa Series
a) One Way to Love(2019)
This is the first book of the series the story is about Tehzeeb Hasan lives in the quaint Jasmine Villa in Bangalore with her father Yusuf and her sisters Ana and Athiya. Their rundown little house is no villa but Tehzeeb loves it dearly. Not too keen on marriage, she hopes to work for a few more years in an NGO before her father succumbs to one of the many inevitable proposals sent by nosy aunties. A chance meeting with an old friend Yusuf brings home, results in a marriage proposal for Tehzeeb who is reluctant and wary.
Young, handsome architect Ayub Ahmed is one of the most eligible bachelors of the city and he is not interested in getting married either, until he meets beautiful Tehzeeb. Their vastly different backgrounds do not matter until after they get married and Tehzeeb realises that she’s expected to be a perfect bahu, dressed in flowy ghagras, and wearing jewellery at all times. Stifled by the numerous vapid parties she attends with her mother-in-law, she yearns to break free.
Will Tehzeeb go too far in her quest for her own identity amidst the well-coiffed ladies who lunch? Will her love be enough to overcome the sense of betrayal Ayub feels over her actions? Tehzeeb and Ayub’s story, One Way to Love is the first in the Jasmine Villa series, a romance novel series by Andaleeb Wajid.
b) Loving You Twice(2019)
Loving you Twice is the second romance in the Jasmine Villa series by Andaleeb Wajid.Here Ana Hasan has never given much thought to love and is focused on her new job. She keeps her feelings closely guarded and is good at pretending that everything is fine, even when it isn’t. When she finds herself seated next to Luqman Ahmed on an international flight, she knows why has avoided men like him all her life. But she also remembers everything that had drawn him to her the previous times she met him.Luqman is tired of travelling for his job and is seriously considering relocating to the US. But his plans go awry when he’s seated next to his friend Ayub’s sister-in-law Ana. He considers himself lucky to get some time talking to pretty Ana whose eyes have always captivated him from the moment he met her for the first time.
It isn’t too long until they discover their feelings for each other but Luqman is travelling to the US and by the time he returns, their lives are thrown far apart and brought dangerously close at the same time. Will they be able to get back their love for each other again? Will they survive the double whammy that fate has planned for them?
c) Three Times Lucky(2019)
Three Times Lucky is the third and final book in the Jasmine Villa series, written by Andaleeb Wajid.The story is about Athiya Hasan didn’t believe in love. She thought it was overrated and yet, something happened inside, every time she thought of Farhaan Ahmed, the man her sister was supposed to marry. Farhaan can’t get Athiya out of his head and in a bid to get to know her better, he offers her a job in his office. But now, he’s her boss and it means Athiya is further away from him.A mistake in judgment turns out to be a grave error for Athiya whose father worries about his rash and angry daughter. But Farhaan steps in like a knight in shining armour to save Athiya. Only, Athiya doesn’t want one, no matter how attracted she is to him.
15.It Was Always You (Destination Weddings book 1)
It Was Always You is a story about Naima Ali Pretty, self-absorbed, self-proclaimed princess of her father’s world. Who having the wedding of her dreams A destination wedding , on the other hand Uzair Ahmed her childhood friend and now her fathers assistant, Uzair has seen several ups and downs in his life. He’s been working hard for Naima’s father, making life for everyone easy and even organizing the dream wedding in Maldives. All the while, quietly ignoring the way his heart skips a beat whenever he sees Naima. She’s the bride. She’s getting married in a month. And he’s organizing it. He can’t possibly be in love with her.
16.Remembering You ( Destination Weddings book )
Khalil loved Kimmy in college but she didn’t even know of his existence. Now, years later, she’s the photographer at his wedding to Naima Ali and he realizes to his chagrin that he still harbors feelings for her. Kimmy knew of Khalil’s crush on her in college but she dismissed it and went her own way, getting married, having a baby and getting divorced as well. She’s taken aback to see him all these years later, a handsome and successful entrepreneur and she finds her heart fluttering every time she lifts her camera to focus on his face.There isn’t any chance for the two of them to reunite but when the wedding is cancelled, their paths cross once more and sparks fly. Can Kimmy and Khalil put aside their differences and make a life together?