December 2, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

Spotlight on Pakistan at South Asian Literature Festival

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I walked into the session a few minutes late and was struck by the tall and broad woman on screen in what appeared to be a Western country, crying as she heard the news of a flood destroying a village in India. She was obviously connected to the village somehow.

She then stumbles into a phone booth, dials a number and when a woman says ‘hello?’ at the other end, she is overcome with relief.

She tries but cannot say anything in response. She hangs up, calls again, this time managing a ‘ma’ in between her tears.

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