Sehr Ek Istaara Hai was one of the best novels published in 1998 and like other novels of Umera Ahmed, this starts with sacrifices but ends with the happiness brought by love.
The main characters are Maryam, Emaan, Sehd and Hadid. Emaan is the youngest sister of Maryam while Sehd is her childhood fiancé. Maryam plays the role of a perfect sister and a brilliant mother as well. She also plays the role of a loyal wife owing to which she gets happiness at the end of the story.
The story begins with Maryam and her sister Emaan when childhood fiancé refuses to marry Maryam. He wants to marry Emaan. Maryam agrees to the new scheme thinking about the love of her sister and she sacrifices her own life partner. After some time, Emaan seeks divorce after having a two-year old son namely Hadid from the marriage who later on is cared by Maryam. Misfortunes strike Maryam as Emaan now develops an affair with her husband, Sehd. However, this time Maryam is helped by her son who Maryam looked after for more than 20 years; both of them left the house, Hadid got married and had children. On the other hand, Sehd once again married Emaan but the reunion could not make them happy this time because there was not any love.
The story is very interesting that several love stories and sacrifices seem to keep the chain of the novel authentic and the writer beautiful depicts the things as they are. Hadid remained with Maryam which made Emaan and Sehd unhappy because Maryam took care of him as her own child. This is what brings both Emaan and Sehd in such a situation where they suffer a lot as they are deprived of true love. Maryam with her beloved family got the foundation of happiness, pride in their performances as if was she was contented with freedom and joy. How difficult it is when you are deceived by your own loved ones and the same is the true of Maryam who despite being stung by the people, still showed loyalty and normal attitudes. Though it is too tough but Maryam proved her love towards her family and this is the best thing in the book which leaves an impact on readers’ minds.