Altaf Fatima, "Do You Suppose It’s The East Wind"

A Muslim girl takes Hindu lessons from a Hindi boy.

(from An Epic Unwritten)

A cool little story of almost courtship, with a light shadow cast by the girl’s gradual enlightment. The differences between Muslims and Hindis were always apparent to her, but the borders are drawn simultaneously broad and thin when these two characters get together. Partion must have been a crazy confusing time for children. Fatima treats everybody with care and respect, without getting all after school special on us.
The back of my book says this: “[Altaf Fatima] is counted among the second generation of women Urdu writers.”

The Mountain Goats, “Masher”

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