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Invisible Ties

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  156 reviews
As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process.
Traumatized by the turn of events
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 23rd 2017 by Rupa Publications
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Surabhi Sharma
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Ties is a story of a girl Noor. Noor spent most of his childhood in the company of household helpers and caretakers. Her secret companion is an antique jade mirror she stole from her mother’s collection. Turns of events and familial pressure made her submit to her mother’s wish to marry Meekaal Kalim and start a new life in Singapore, reluctantly.

The thing which impressed me the most is this is no ordinary or regular story of a girl and his journey and the way it is told is impressive
Pankaj Giri
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Around a month back, I received a mail from a company named ‘Keemiya Creatives’, asking me to review this book. I read the blurb, which seemed intriguing, and I accepted their offer.

I am constantly on the lookout for good literary fiction coming out from India, as I have discovered a few literary gems that sadly couldn’t achieve the level of popularity they deserved, unlike the cheesy commercial fiction books ruling the market. I had hoped that this particular book would fulfill that criterion,
Krinal Savaliya
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is astonishing - Invisible Ties by Nadya A R is sophisticated both in its subject matter and the way in which the story is told. It actually took me a little while to get into the swing of things - whose story is italicized? what is their relationship to the rest of the story?? But it was a good kind of lost - the kind of lost where you are in an interesting part of town with attractive people and cute little knickknack shops, not the kind of lost where you are late to a job interview in the ...more
The Bookish Elf
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Ties by Nadya A R is an incredible, heart-breaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing, while not for everyone I'm sure, had me mesmerized. It's so different and poetic and full of carefully crafted imagery. It's a writing style that's really out of the box, you'll either love it or hate it. Me, I was thoroughly compelled.
When I first started reading the book, I was a little put off, feeling it was an extremely pretentious novel. Nadya's descriptions
Khushi Gadhiya
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm gonna be honest, when I first started reading Invisible Ties by Nadya A R, I didn't find myself immediately drawn into the story. I was like that new kid in a group that's sort of hanging out on the edge of conversation, listening but not really participating.

But then I saw the light.

Things started to come together for me once Noor began to pursue the truth of her past. But looking back, the beginning being on the slower side gave me a chance to get to know the characters and so I'm not goin
Privy Trifles
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, review
My rating: 5 /5

The moment I had seen the cover of this book I was in love.Such an intricate piece of work that speaks so much and yet manages to tease a reader enough to want to pick the book. Added to it the beauty of the blurb, I was really looking forward to soak myself in its splendor. And the book, didn't disappoint me at all. Rather, it took the whole experience of reading it to another level altogether.

Starting from Karachi and travelling to Singapore followed by London this book is a hea
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It's all about an antique jade mirror.

The cover was the thing that attracted me to this book. I didn't read the blurb and straightway dived into the book. I didn't know what to expect from this book but 'Invisible Ties' didn't disappoint me.

The story is so different and unique. Nothing like I've ever read before. It's so beautifully written with a gripping storyline that the reader literally can't put the book down
Aparna Thaker
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Ties by Nadya A R is the kind of book that slowly sucks you in, and at first, you may be unsure if you want to go on but before you know it, it's already swallowed you whole.

And I'm not sure I ever want to get out of the abyss of emotions and just plain rawness this book snared out of me.

And it's not like there's some blatant, profound message here that's changed my life. It's not like I hadn't already started to pin the pieces of the puzzle early on for myself. It's the sheer beauty a
Khushbu Patel
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some books which are virtually impossible to explain, and Invisible Ties by Nadya A R is one of them. The book summary gives no indication what the book is really about, and truth be told, I'm not sure you'd want to know what the book is about before reading it.

The first part of the book is only giving you glimpses of the player's lives and their world. 
All I can do is echo the voices of those who prodded me to read the book - DON'T GIVE UP. You will not forget this book. You will not
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invisible ties is a beautifully written book and a great piece of contemporary literature. The most memorable thing about the book is the character of Noor Kamal. She is like an ordinary girl, but yet there is a certain mystery about her. After reading the book, I really applaud how the author unveils the whole mystery behind her. I felt that there was simplicity in the author's prose, and yet her choice of themes and use of imagery had a strange depth. I also thought that there was an unusual q ...more
Dipalee Joshi
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the detailing and plot building of Invisible Ties; nothing was left to speculation. I think, for me, that was one of the most adhering and important things about this book. The ending was resolute, unshakable and haunting and It left me with answers and a crater sized indentation in my heart.

There was that awkward stage when I found it hard to connect dots, and understand the significance of the story and most of what was being poured in, but, after the passing of that stage, I was fallin
Samama Reza
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It usually takes me around 10 days to finish a good book, and a whole month to finish a boring one, there’s no in between. But it took me only about a week to finish Invisible Ties, I think you can figure out already on how much I genuinely liked this book.

I found Invisible Ties to be a very beautiful and a very sophisticated novel. Every word, every sentence had unfathomable meanings, most of which made me think. It made me think about the things I never usually thought seriously about. It made
Mitul Gadhiya
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, Invisible Ties by Nadya A R, is not merely a reading experience; this book is a journey. One filled with two emotional plotlines, past and present, that overlap in places only to thread themselves together in a masterful and sad, yet agonizingly beautiful story. 

This book is about finding yourself. About hating the world and cursing the universe for forcing you to exist when you're left abandoned by everyone else. About your whole life being a question mark. And about finally opening
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The prudent systematic elucidation of the variegated themes that are woven with such delicacy and fine craftsmanship of words will make you feel one with the narration, the story of Noor.

Living in a world of insecurities, Noor finds an antique Jade mirror; that belongs to her mother; to house all her inner voices.

With the fall of events and her contorted destiny, she finds herself in a loveless marriage living in a foreign land, with psychotherapy serving her only ally in showing her the path to
Aishwarya Rathor
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invisible ties is an story of a simple girl named Noor. Her journey of her childhood, living with her caretakers to a completely different world after getting married and shifting to Singapore.
The most impressive fact about the book is the plot and narration. The author has described the story in a very simple way.
The character of Noor is a very simple yet engaging. She is a girl with mystery. Her mirror that she took for her mother's closet is her only mate in the new world.
After a very long ti
Sarah Salim
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Invisible Ties' is a beautifully written, plot-driven novel. Though the plot may seem simplistic, it is the treatment given to it which makes the book unique. There are multiple themes running in the novel, migration, arranged marriages, autonomy of countries and self, history of south east asia, life and death, identity as a woman and above all humanity. Each theme is tied up in the story with ease and gradual exploration until the end. The characters though may seem familiar have been given d ...more
Sahil Pradhan
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
first of all, I would like to thank the author for providing me with her beautiful work and for giving me an opportunity to give an honest opinion on the book. fiction is a critical genre both to read and write and most critical is it's writing as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting. I feel it is just a cup of tea for Nadya Mam for writing fiction.
the book is the author's second novel and is a story of a girl,
Mona Jilani
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book last night and I feel like there is a little bit of Noor in all of us. The dreamer who puts her parents wishes and happiness before her own. There is also a bit of Mikaal in all of our husbands. Their mothers comforts come before ours. Eventually, we learn to detach ourselves and find our own way to happiness and fulfillment.

A great read which kept me hooked the whole week!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this literary gem.

Have you ever read a book ,that gets better & better each page flies by ? With each chapter ,each word I became emotionally invested because writer is an artistic storyteller.
The story is about the journey of a girl named Noor , her self discovery,sociatal healing and the transfiguration from her errie and dark past.this is a story which makes you question on the complexities of society
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-s-owned, review
Invisible Ties (3.5/5)
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Let's talk about cover first. Mirror always shows the true side of person. When I saw the book I decided to read this. Though cover is eye catching.
This book is divided into 3 parts. First and sencond parts are little bit short. The main and importants part is 3rd one which changed my mind about this book.
Our protagonist noor spent her childhood in the company of caretaker. One fine day she stole mirror from her mother's collection. Then famil
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The moment I laid my eyes on the book cover of ‘Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R’ I knew I had to have this book…
You can call it Love at first sight or smitten by its good looks, I had a huge crush on it. And I had the feeling that it was going to be a very interesting read.
Was I wrong? Nope!.

First 2-3 chapters were kind of confusing, I was left baffled. I had to re-read the chapters again to understand. However once past those hurdles, the book turned out to be a very good read.

The protagonist’s exc
Khyati Gautam
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I had heard a lot about Invisible Ties and readers raving about it. Also, the magnificent cover has always intrigued me. So when I got an opportunity to review it, I was more than happy to do it. But to my dismay, the book didn't come out as well as I anticipated.

The book revolves around Noor who is shy, timid, and had a sad childhood. Her mom usually blabbers and her father is indebted to her mother. Her life turns upside down when a burglary takes place at her house and she loses her driver, U
Lunatic Reader
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet story. Author Nadya wraps you up from the very beginning. And not giving answers for half a book is a risky move but somehow it worked perfectly. Mixed with interesting characters and smart dialog, Invisible Ties not only as an interesting and bittersweet story but an emotional ride all way through. It is not a mystery masterpiece and I did see some of the plot twists coming, but by then I was really into Noor’s life so it didn’t bother me much. 

I loved the way that Author Nadya
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before going into the book itself, I must comment on the beautiful book cover! It has a cottony texture and had a feminine touch to it. All the objects displayed on the cover had a significant relation to the story inside.

Now, coming to the plot and the characters, we come across Noor, a shy, humble, kind - hearted girl who grew up in a household with several servants to fulfill the chores, but no one to caress her with compassion. Her mother, Daisy prefers to be a social butterfly and her fathe
Nikita Ranga
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story revolves around Noor; the protagonist and her journey from Karachi to Singapore stopping at London in midway. Noor is forced to marry Meekaal and start her life again. But does marrying Meekaal really help Noor in living her life and bringing it back on track? The story is highly relatable as it portrays the other side of society and finding marriage as the last option to everything. Engrossing story with well-developed characters and simple yet intriguing writing style keeps the reade ...more
Vidhya Thakkar
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Invisible ties is a story of Noor who faces many things in life. Finally, when Noor starts a new life after her wedding, there starts a whole new story. The book is about Noor and her struggle of self-discovery.

Well, first of all, I loved the title and the cover of the book. It's so attractive and interesting. Coming towards the story. This is a different type of story and is unique. The plot of the story is strong and innovative. e
Soniya Ahmed
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found the beginning of this book unusual and haunting, and that is what drew me into the story. It was like a jigsaw puzzle and piece by piece, the story unfolded in a very systematic and dramatic way. 'Invisible Ties' is storytelling at its best! The protagonist of the story, a young girl, Noor, seems like an ordinary girl but as you read on, you realize that they are layers to her. And slowly, one gets to know the real and congruent her. I loved the character of Noor, as I could relate to ho ...more
Sarmad Iqbal
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Ties showcases a journey full of conflicting emotions and moods of a Karachiite girl, Noor Kamal. Her journey is a saga of love and longing against a rich contrasting background. The different stages of her life have been beautifully encapsulated with a rich imagery and the use of a mélange of adjectives and verbs.

The writer has chosen a non-linear structure for her novel as it is divided into three parts. The first part covers Noor’s traumatic experiences in Malacca where she is in a
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A.R. Nadya’s spellbinding new novel is a riveting examination of love and loss. At the heart of the tale is the compelling character study of Noor Kamal. What’s not there to love about Noor? She is at once familiar, yet remains an enigma. Nadya’s prose deftly captures the heart and soul of Noor as she tries to break free from the shackles of tradition and her painful past. The changing backdrops from Karachi to Singapore accentuate her shifting moods and emotions. A melancholic, but strangely be ...more
Solitude and  books
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I liked -
Aesthetically a very beautifully designed book along with binding , font sizes , presentation are excellent.

Small chapters which prove to be easy for a reader like me.

Smooth narration.Breezy read .The sentimental moments were intricately described .

The plot is made rich with vivid backgrounds of Pakistan , Singapore , Malaysia , London  which kept the read intriguing.

Characters are well developed.

The imaginary backgrounds were easy to picturize in mind which were decorated with ca
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Nadya is an author, a psychotherapist and a motivational speaker. Her latest novel, Invisible Ties, has been published by Rupa Publications in August 2017. Nadya has written articles and submitted papers on different psychological constructs and topics in International conferences and workshops.

She is married and has two children. Nadya divides her time between Singapore and Pakistan. She plans to

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