New Delhi, 2016
They called her 'Barsa' in Arabic. Barsa—the one who does not veil her face, the one who does not bow her head, the one who asks questions.
"Sabitha and Rasheed, a doctor couple, leave their homeland in Kerala to work in the holy city of Mecca.The story spans the six years they spend in Mecca. Not a Muslim by birth, Sabitha converts to Islam for marriage. In her time in Mecca, she observes, experiences and questions the restrictions to which women around her are subjected, even as she faces challenges of her own and finally understands that religion, gender, patriarchy and spirituality, and how the experience of religion can be different for men and women, this is the first-ever English translation of a celebrated novel in the original Malayalam by a valiant Muslim female voice. "