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Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

« The space that writers invent is not a didactic or coercive space. It is a space you enter to open yourself up and engage with other ways of being. It is a space for empathy. To write, in other words, is to invent new ways of seeing the world. »  —Bilal Tanweer, Writing in a Country at War: Pakistan

As a bilingual poetry enthusiast, interested in both Urdu and English poetry, I have come across various artistic pieces that have inspired me to write my own pieces of literature. Urdu poetry has, perhaps, opened...

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Pieces of a broken mirror lay flat on the floor,

Sudden shivers and heaps of heavy sighs

surround the silhouette of a broken girl;


Bloodshot eyes seek familiarity

as...

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My graduate training is in the field of creative writing, with a specialization in fiction. During the course of my graduate study, I produced fiction based that was based on Karachi and arose out of the conflicts of...

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Politics in Pakistan is different from politics in most other places. We don’t just talk about politics, we experience it in real time. In light speed. In shock waves. It happens in bedrooms, it happens in...

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They were the sort of people who never paused to queue, yet on orientation day the couple stood meekly at attention with others outside the drawing room of a large two-story house in Old Clifton, waiting to...

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When three; her best friend is the grass,

Silver stokes of pointy blades tug the cloth of her dupatta.

She draws an open life, two irises in the mud,

“Eyes are God’s to make,” says Baba jaan,...

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It’s one thing when you’re cruising on a steady honk, going wham wham past everything, and one thing else when you go slow and easy, reading number plates, matching them with a number inside your head....

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I was sweating inside my mother’s car in that freak lane, saying to myself, “Come on, come oon,” while glancing in my rear view mirror searching for her female figure to hurry along in my direction. All I...

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Sa’adat Hasan Manto, widely considered to be the greatest short story writer from the Indian subcontinent, has a story called The Dog of Tetwal. Set against the backdrop of the Partition of India, it tells...

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The Silk Route Residency will be a 2-week rotating residency open to writers from any country legendary traveler Ibn Battuta passed through and noted in his memoir. This first residency will take place in February...

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The Silk Route Residency will be a 2-week rotating residency open to writers from any country legendary traveler Ibn Battuta passed through and noted in his memoir. This first residency will take place in February...

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Love brought me to writing. I should explain. My parents made an interfaith marriage in an intolerant country, and one of its side effects was that they had no social life. We ventured out rarely, and in the time we...

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