Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Where could the letters have come from? And will they lead her to her mother? Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.
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We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is. Of all the rhetorical questions in the world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards and denial of the trespass that is about to follow. And when i told you that, you said my cultural references were the sign of a colonized mind. And at what point does that habit turn darkly into addiction? I wiped my hands clean. We are so desperate to be explicable to ourselves, to rely on ourselves, that we need to believe a certain version of who we are even when evidence starts to mount that the version is a lie, even when the part of us which is not tamed by habit strains to break free and overwhelm the tired, repetitive creature that our character has become, mouldering at the edges.
It was about a minute, five minutes, ten minutes in which she believed, with utter certainty, that she simply could not endure any more. All metaphors need to come up for air. When I can bear no more of separation, when I have learnt all that absence can teach me of desire, the walls will shimmer and I will step out of the mirage, into your arms, to lose myself and find myself.
I made you stop even when they were only just turning amber. I loved you because when you covered my eyes with your hands, I knew I could trust you to get me home. She was entirely human, entirely breakable, and entirely extraordinary. What our means of protest attempt to do is to move the battles towards abstract space.
Force tyranny to defend itself in language. Weaken it with public opinion, with supreme court judgements, with debates and subversive curriculum.
Take hold of the media, take hold of the printing presses and the newspapers, broadcast your views from pirate radio channels, spread the word.
Shelves: around-the-world , location-pakistan , read , asia "Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. I had previously read Home Fires by the same author, which was largely set outside of Pakistan, and wanted to read something set in the country for my Around the World reading project. Most of this novel is set in Karachi but some characters also go to Islamabad. Ramzan we sometimes call it Ramadan is also observed during the novel, which is interesting when everyone "should" be observing it. The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe. It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow. The story did not interest me.
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