Between Clay and Dust: Less is More with Austere Language & Narrative Restraint

I started reading this novel here in Lahore, on my iPhone, using my Scribd subscription. If I understand correctly, the story is set around (or right after) partition, the turbulence of which has negatively affected a tawaif. Initially, I didn’t look up the word tawaif, which the author did not explain, but later I satisfied …

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Reading Twilight in Delhi in Lahore (During the Pandemic)

December 3, 2020 The rendering of the city’s atmosphere evokes my own sense memories of Pakistani settings and has kept me engaged through chapter 11 with a cast of characters dealing with a kind of melodramatic need to get their boy married. The author’s reasonable, sympathetic, insider’s perspective on his Muslim characters is a relief. …

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New Era, New Theme

Welcome to my site as I continue to add to it this autumn, God willing.

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