Current Issue
Organiser Home
The Moving Finger Writes
Media Watch
Thinking Aloud
Kids Org.
News Round-up
Readers’ Forum:
Kerala Newsletter

Previous Issues
September 04, 2011

August 28, 2011
August 21, 2011
August 14, 2011
August 07, 2011

July 31, 2011
July 24, 2011
July 17, 2011
July 10, 2011
July 03, 2011

June 26, 2011
June 19, 2011
June 12, 2011
June 05, 2011

May 29, 2011
May 22, 2011
May 15, 2011
May 08, 2011
May 01, 2011

April 24, 2011
April 17, 2011
April 10, 2011
April 03, 2011

March 27, 2011
March 20, 2011
March 13, 2011
March 06, 2011

February 27, 2011
February 20, 2011
February 13, 2011
February 06, 2011

January 30, 2011
January 23, 2011
January 16, 2011
January 09, 2011
January 02, 2011

December 26, 2010
December 19, 2010
December 12, 2010
December 05, 2010
November 28, 2010
November 21, 2010
November 14, 2010
November 7, 2010

October 31, 2010
October 24, 2010
October 17, 2010
October 10, 2010
October 03, 2010

2010 Issues
2009 Issues
2008 Issues
2007 Issues
2006 Issues

About us
Contact us


May 1, 2011

Page: 29/37

Home > 2011 Issues > May 01, 2011

Short stories from Pakistan
By Manju Gupta

The Life’s Too Short Literary Review: New Writing from Pakistan, Faiza S. Khan & Aysha Raja (comp.), Hachette, Pp 122, Rs 395.00

THIS anthology of short stories has aroused considerable interest in the international literary world as they craft out close and intimate, utterly believable, fleshed-out characters, who are like any of you may know. There are stories told with conviction and skill and stay close to the reader’s heart; stories that make their point with subtlety and precision, notwithstanding the conflict-ridden country.

Some of the stories are very ordinary like ‘Baby’ where young 20-year old boy and 19-year old girl love each other but after some time the boy wants to escape from her. But what happens is that on seeing her in front of him, he wants her one last time.

One of the best stories is ‘Settling Affairs’ where a domestic help Zaheer who has worked and looked after 82-year old Khalida Begum Sahib as a devoted servant to the extent of even helping her to pour water on her back when she is unable to raise her arms due to weakness. One day, she collapses on the floor and dies.

A bit of humour is introduced through the story ‘Mir Sahib’s Hairdo’, in which Mir Sahib is forced to dye his white beard and hair with Kala Kola to avoid persistent nagging from his wife. But the result is outrageous because his hair, after dyeing, "ranges from the darkest black to a duller black with intervals of white." When he goes out for some work, he is reprimanded by a young girl for staring at her when he had actually been peering intently at the blurred oncoming traffic.

In the story titled ‘Not another Voice’, Khadija is sleeping in a hospital bed and has been told that her newborn is dead. The baby had not been a stillborn but was incapable of breathing and thus gets suffocated. The writer Bina Shah describes the ordeal of the mother on recovery from the effects of anaesthesia to hear the daily news.

The selection of stories has been wisely done in the sense that there is unusual diversity in the themes.

(Hachette, 612-614 (6th Floor), Time Tower, M.G. Road, Sector 28, Gurgaon-122001;

Previous Page Previous Page (28/37) - Next Page (30/37) Next Page

copyright© 2004 Bharat Prakashan(Delhi) Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Designed and Hosted by KSHEERAJA Web Solutions Pvt Ltd