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This week, Mariyath A.K reviews Rumi's Daughter by Muriel Maufroy
"When there is great pain, there are only three rules: not to push the pain away, not to try to understand it, and not to indulge in it...Make yourself as open as a young tree caught in a storm. Let the storm bend you at its will, do not resist it, do not argue with it either- how could one argue with the wind and the rain?- and never ever feel sorry for yourself"
Rumi's Daughter by Muriel Maufroy is a story about Kimya, the adopted daughter of Rumi. The novel describes Kimya's childhood and how her life leads to being the daughter and the student of Rumi. Kimya, who already had mystical tendencies learned a great deal under Rumi's guidance.
The novel also talks about the friendship between Rumi and Shams and how eventually Kimya got married to Shams. Shams was an unusual husband absorbed by his longing for God. Their marriage was different and heartbreaking, and in the end, dissolved by Kimya's death.
Rumi's daughter talks about Kimya's story with great affection and love. It is well written with mystical elements and is sure to draw some similarities with Elif Shafak's Forty Rules of Love, although there are few details that contradict both the books.