First of all a big fat sorry to Tariq Saleim for not posting the review on time
I had read the first part of the novel last year but due to my exams, couldn’t continue. After the exams, I started with another novel, and forgot all about this novel.
Well, as usual I will be honest about the story.
So, most of you must be thinking why I left the novel and “forgot” to continue?
With the stress of exams, i couldn’t pick the novel and when my exams finally ended, (about a few months later) I had started with my favourite author’s book. He had send me the book from USA and I couldn’t resist starting it. “On the money” is a novel divided into several parts and I had read the first part which, I don’t know why, just signalled my brain that the story is over. So when yesterday I came in front of this book with a bookmark in middle, I got curious. I started the book again and MAN! WOW!
I WAS TAKEN ABACK ALRIGHT.
Blurb of the novel –
Born in one of the poorest suburbs of Lahore, ambitious Asad will soon be catapulted into the journey of life by some incredible circumstances. In his quest for love, money, fame and happiness he tries to tackle the ultimate challenge – can he have it all in life? Everything in life comes at the cost of something else. The more you have of something, the more you have to let go of something else, and this applies to money, too. There is no exception to this, and therefore it is important to know the true cost of your achievements. The more money you accumulate, the less you have of something else (often health, time, relationships, dignity, respect, etc.). Most of us are not able to fathom these costs up front, and when we finally understand, it is usually too late. You should ask yourself this question now: What am I willing to sacrifice for money? Remember your answers so that you will be able to revisit your responses later in life. Money that is earned at any cost usually comes at the cost of everything else. A banker by profession, Tariq Saleim has been the confidant of many successful individuals across his international career. He is a believer that true happiness comes from knowing what you want in life -and what you are willing to sacrifice to get it. ‘On the money’ is his first romantic novel that discusses time-tested moneymaking concepts and reflects on the hidden costs of our decisions in the process.
My Review –
On the money is a novel which is all about its “title”. The story is easy to read, easy to imagine and quite interesting. To say you can leave the story midst would be a lie, I read it in two sitting and was quite impressed with the storyline. Asad is a brilliant student, observer and a kind plus patient human. Salman came out as an amazing teacher and a benevolent man.
Remember this quote by Mahatma Gandhi ?
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
This novel was all about that quote or so it felt to me.
The novel is not just about fame and money but also about challenges….
Its about love, sacrifice, morals, reverence, and several other things we see as minor and unimportant.
The author defines the true meaning of money, makes us realize that money is not the most essential thing in life, it doesn’t make a man immortal even if he has all the money in the world.
Furthermore, Mr. Saleim has made me realise that love is not only about having but about sacrificing and respect does not come with money but with true heart and honest feelings.
The relationship between Salman and Asad was like that of a teacher and a student, like that of a father and son.
The main characters were Asad, Salman, Samia, Kat and Omar. The story started with Asad and he is the protagonist throughout the novel though in between the novel, the author has written from other POV’s (point of views) as well (probably to make the story more clear). The love story is heartwarming. I liked Azad and Samia’s unrequited love story. Both the characters make the reader want to go inside the novel and force the couple to get together.
The English used is easy to understand, and the author has explained the words which were in different language so there was no problem in reading the novel. The story went smoothly, its hard to tell when it became too difficult to leave the novel.
I give it a 4.5 star and will end with a note.
“Write more! Your storytelling is awesome!”