A Book Review of Blues by Masooma Memon

Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing another superb entry from Daastan’s A War Within competition: Blues by writer and blogger, Masooma Memon. Before we dive into the analysis let’s just appreciate this beautiful book cover. It really does capture the essence of the story. Blurb Depression is an abyss. An abyss with sharp, scintillating canines that can swallow you whole. She knows about it … Continue reading A Book Review of Blues by Masooma Memon

A Book Review of An Abandoned Leaf by Neeraj Brahmankar

Hello readers! Besides my Whimsical Wednesdays series, where I post a detailed book review every week, I will be sharing reviews of shorter publications like short stories I have read. Daastan is a relatively new publishing platform of Pakistan that organizes short story competitions in both Urdu and English categories. I participated in “A War Within” (English category) and made it to the Top 15. … Continue reading A Book Review of An Abandoned Leaf by Neeraj Brahmankar

Riddles in the Dunes (Third Place Pakistani Readers Fantasy Short Story Competition 2016)

“Listen closely child to the tale of Mikamah, the goddess of wisdom. For her self-serving ways, she now suffers a fate worse than death they say. Perhaps she was not that bright after all. At a time when gods walked amongst humans and shifters in the desert realm of Yaransa, Mikamah was a celebrated deity. Combining the body of a lion, wings of an eagle … Continue reading Riddles in the Dunes (Third Place Pakistani Readers Fantasy Short Story Competition 2016)

Give Her a Break (Part One)

Sophie was enjoying herself. It was the first day of twelfth grade and everything was just as she had always imagined it would be. She could almost feel the excitement buzz against her skin as the returning second years swarmed through the college gates. She scanned the crowd for her best friends while expertly dodging the shoves generated by overly enthusiastic hugs accompanied by high … Continue reading Give Her a Break (Part One)