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The Heat

Aisha Khan

Is it the unbearable weather or the weight of expectations that is making Rukhsana act crazy? And what is the difference between madness and defiance anyway?

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Letting My Hair Down

Musfira Shaffi

The perennial problem for the Pakistani woman is in her genes. And blessings in one department can be a curse in another.

A History of Heartstrings

Asma Mani

Two lives intersect and move apart through the years. A story of loss and yearning for a simpler time.

Bhar Mein Jayein Loug
(People Can Just Go to Hell)

Zoha B. Khan

“My life is not mine because everything I do is relational, defining everyone else around me.” A powerful memoir describing the absence of free agency in a woman’s life.

Indian Street Art

Tamreez Inam

The wanton cruelty of children towards servants has consequences that haunt their adult selves. A story about dark secrets, casual bullying and flashing green eyes.

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Of Places and People

Aliya Farrukh  

poignant memoir of one woman's childhood attachments, captured in the places and people she loved best.

What's in a Name?

Mehroo Waqas

A fragment of a nameless woman's life is portrayed in this uncompromising stream-of-consciousness narrative

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Growing as a Pakistani Woman:
A Journey of Emotions

Nabeeha Chaudhary

Anger and guilt are what girls feel at the start of their journey through life. But is there room for hope as the journey goes on?


Manahil Naik

Who is 'Aman', the mystery writer of Shahpur? And why does he live in a village where nobody reads?

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The Freedom of Space

Iman Khan

An edict by the newly elected Mayor of Lahore cancels the end of year school gala. But that is only the start of  a dystopian future of access to public spaces being curtailed by “The Guardians” of the New Lahore.

Is this Pakistan? Or Womanhood in Images

Sauleha Kamal

Will hope ultimately trump despair for women in this examination of the promise of Pakistan? What it is, and what it could be?

Spit Can

Asna Nusrat

A daughter's loving care for an infirm father is tested to the limits, especially when sons are more highly valued.

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Sadia Mubarak

Why must it be men who design a woman’s characteristics in an image, an avatar, that suits them? A call to arms for women to take control of their own narratives

Paratha, and a Cup of Tea Afterwards

Noor Us Sabah Tauqeer

A mystery woman stops at a dhaba for breakfast one early morning. But why is she travelling alone? And where is she going?

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