Slow Burn Lahore

I sincerely apologize for the absence, gentle Readers. Let it be known that I have been tweeting in my absence here, and I wrote a very short note on Ismat Chughtai:

These essays showcase the best of Chughtai’s range and mastery as a writer – they are erudite, self-aware and always probing. This is not, as the introduction notes, a memoir. Akin to Walter Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit um Neunzehnhundert (A Berlin Childhood in 1900), these essays intersect space and interiority, letting the reader discover a highly subjective and original reading of a world that is otherwise saturated by categories like The Muslim Woman and thus rendered un-intelligible.

I have also been in Lahore for the last few weeks and headed back home (?) in a few days. Some snaps are up on flickr.

In the meantime, there is much to share – and share I will.

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what is the vertiginous chapati saying to me?