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.
[...] six-part essay on Lahore (start here) was the highlight of the year, here at CM. He also started to write about Berlin and we hope that [...]
[...] Berlin series: I, II, III (also, earlier: I, II, III) On the city, see companion series on Lahore: I, II, III, IV, V, VI] My first ghost sighting in Berlin was on September 8th, 2009, on the fifth [...]