Review: Remnants of a Separation

Rating: 4.5 Stars Objects have a way of inspiring the mind to remember things it might have forgotten. I got Aanchal Malhotra's book from Karachi, back in July 2018. Since then, it had been sitting around on my shelf with all the other numerous books that I never read. One fine day, sick from my... Continue Reading →

Review: Hijabistan

Rating: 4 Stars Hijabistan by Sabyn Javeri is a collection of short stories about women, with a common thread of hijab running through all the stories. As a rule, I'm not one for short stories. They always leave me feeling like I missed the point. These short stories just sucked me in and left their... Continue Reading →

Review: A Firefly In The Dark

Rating: 3 Stars I'm suitably spooked. The book cover tricrked me into thinking this was a children's book, if not funny, then surely a bit sad and melancholy. The name of the writer tricked me into thinking that this would be a lighthearted affair, suitable for reading before going to bed. I was so off... Continue Reading →

Review: The Party Worker

Rating: 4.5 Stars Omar Shahid Hamid is a Pakistani author who I rate very highly. If you want to read about the real Karachi, then his books are the ones you should pick up. Of course, his books show the underbelly of this multi-layered, multi-cultural city, and are only reflective of the shady side of... Continue Reading →

Review: Austenistan

Rating: 2.5 Stars I don't like giving a low rating to books by Pakistani authors, and if they are female Pakistani authors, then I'd rather skip reviewing the book than give it a bad rating. I wanted to do the same with this book, but despite my low rating, there are some things here that... Continue Reading →

Review: Things She Could Never Have

Rating: 4.5 Stars I have never been very enthusiastic about short stories in English. While I love reading Urdu short stories, somehow English short stories have never held any fascination for me. Furthermore, contemporary Pakistani writers have, with the exception of one or two, always left me disappointed. It was these two factors that made... Continue Reading →

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