Ma’I Dada- The Man With Three Names

Asad Muhammad Khan, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

This story is, again, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon and is part of collection called ‘The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told’. I have loved each and every story in this particular collection and this one is no different. The story is about this icon of a man called Ma’I Dada who had three different names. As the names were different so were the stories of his lineage. Some thought him to be a... continue reading→

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A Happy Story

Helen Garner

He turned 41 that day. He bought himself a car and went to a far off drive. He parked the car under a tree and walked inside an entertainment center to buy two tickets for a band playing that evening. But he has started feeling the weight of his age now. The warm-up bands will be terrible. It’ll hurt my ears. I’ll get bored and spoil it for her. I’ll get bored. I’ll get bored.... continue reading→

Escape from New York

Zadie Smith

Escape from New York is a story set in the time of Apocalypse, when the entire world is fighting. The planes are shut down. There is no way to escape New York other than by road. Three friends—Michael, Elizabeth and Marlon—decide to hire a car and drive away from the madness. They are the rich brats covered in diamonds and talking about books and poetry. “We’re exactly the kinds of sons of bitches who’d make... continue reading→

The Wagon

Khalida Asghar, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

The author was in a rush to get back home one day when on the bridge to cross Ravi river the when he saw three men looking over the sun setting into the water and the sky turning red. The author became curious. He wanted to know what the men were looking for. After pointing out the red sky, the author became conscious of the red sky which the people around started noticing slowly. They... continue reading→


Ghulam Abbas, translated from Urdu by G.A. Chausse

‘The meeting of the Municipal council was at full boil.’ They were discussing the expulsion of zanaan-e-baazaari from the city. The expulsion was being justified with all the possible moral reasons and it was decided that the prostitutes would be resettled in another patch of land around twelve kos far from this city. The women didn’t like it. Several stayed in the city in hotels and rented accommodations. Only fourteen of them decided to move... continue reading→

the Assassinations - A Novel of 1984

by Vikram Kapur

I have read a few books on the life and death of Mrs Gandhi but none that exclusively talks about the assassination and the riot that followed. Indira by Sagarika Ghose talks briefly about the episode but it hardly does justice in describing the massacre. This particular book, I can conveniently say, is the first striking read for me on the subject. Follow Cover page When I received the book the red and black cover... continue reading→

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