Fiction

Review: White Tiger

Review: White Tiger

Winner of the Man Booker prize 2008, White Tiger has been read and loved throughout the world and surrounded by constant controversy in the sub-continent. I had been planning to read the book for ages but the hectic life of an MBBS had not yet allowed me to enjoy the thrilling masterpiece. So on the first day of my summer… Read more →

Dreaming of Darcy

Dreaming of Darcy

When I am standing by the railing, you come up from behind me. Like in some epic romance, your arms wrap around my waist and your cheek fits snugly at my temple. I can feel the warmth of your chest rising and I can feel the hollow it leaves between us when it falls. I think you feel it too… Read more →

Five Prayers of a Day

Five Prayers of a Day

Fajr, or “when will dawn arrive?”   “Why be infatuated with him?” “He’s proud, he’s pretentious — the world’s not the right fucking place, now that he’s turned his eye upon it.”   “Yes.   He’s the man I’d die for in one instant, and kill the other.”   I would own you. Each stubborn hair on your head —… Read more →

Review: Lahore Love!

Review: Lahore Love!

Lahore With Love: Growing Up with Girlfriends Pakistani Style by Fawzia Afzal-Khal Syracuse Unviversity Press, 2010   Although this is quite a bold statement to make, I will go ahead and make it: Fawzia Afzal-Khan is one of the most overlooked creative non-fiction writers of our time. She has a linguistic gift that gives her prose a weighty depth that… Read more →

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Walking with Cristina on Burnt Oak High Street

As you crossed the road, without looking, the cars stopped.  How could they not, as aspirations float and the wind too finds its path through trees, and between bricks, it must move, must be allowed to move, apparitions which carry gaps of breath, that space which contains you is sacred to them who appreciate their visions and hopes, for a… Read more →

Prayer

Have you ever felt the ecstasy on achieving something that fell completely outside your personality? Has your fantasy ever taken you to a place from where there seems to be no return? Has your imagination become so vivid that you have failed to distinguish the thing imagined from reality? I imagined a life, filled with love and hope and ideals…. Read more →