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Selected Short Stories from Balochistan

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Injeer Kay Phool

Balochistan is marked with despondence and deprivation. The stark landscape of   Pakistan's largest land mass is home to ancient traditions as well as many languages and literary traditions. Recently, political turbulence caused it to receive some media attention, but little attention is paid to the everyday reality in the area which does not make it to the nine o'clock news. Balochistan is a land seething with anger. This anger finds its literary expression in some of the short stories written by Balochistan authors in Balochi, Brahvi and Pashto. These moods are reflected in a selection of recent and notable fiction from Balochistan entitled "Injeer Kay Phool", just published from Scheherzade. The selection and translation
into Urdu is the work of Afzal Murad, himself a noted writer and poet in Urdu as well as Brahvi.

Some of the stories bring up haunting images and situations: An ageing woman returns to her ancestral village and finds it transformed after the nuclear tests, only to learn that progress is an elusive dream. A young man decides that he wants to make it big and be a top government official. A young man wants to take his ailing sister to the nearest hospital, a few
days away and finds himself trapped in the lunar landscape several years into the future. Is there no hope of conditions improving? A young woman finds the legendary 'injeer" flower and sacrifices her feelings to keep the flour bin full. The  writers include Gohar Malik, Niamutullah Gichki, Farooq Sarwar, Taj Raisani, Saba Dashtyari and others. The selection is introduced by M. Hameed Shahid, a notable fiction-writer and critic, who has himself focused on this area in some of his recent work. Asif Farrukhi discusses in detail the socio-political trends and their literary implications.

The book is published by Scheherzade, a non-profit organization devoted to publishing and the promotion of book culture, which also brings out the book series "Duniyazad". In addition to special issues on Palestine, post- 9/11 word and Iraq Fourteen issues of "Duniyazad" have appeared so far,
featuring new writings in Urdu as well as translations from the various languages of Pakistan.

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Afzal Murad

The selection and translation into Urdu is the work of Afzal Murad, himself a noted writer and poet in Urdu as well as Brahvi.
 
The selection is introduced by M. Hameed Shahid, a notable fiction-writer and critic, who has himself focused on this area in some of his recent work.
 
Asif Farrukhi discusses in detail the socio-political trends and their literary implications.

A Club of Urdu Writers

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Mohammad Hameed Shahid

Mohammad Hameed Shahid

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