Piquant Pakistan - Society & The Arts News - Issue Date: Jul 10,The Dard-e-Dils are a wealthy and powerful family that was divided when part of the family left India and settled in Pakistan in the mid-twentieth century. The family fortunes have been negatively affected by "not-quite-twins. Mariam, the daughter of one of the triplets, appears in the home of Aliya's parents the day that Aliya is born. Despite never saying a word except to Masood, the family cook, Mariam is accepted into the family, especially by Aliya. The novel opens four years after Mariam leaves home, resulting in a falling out between Aliya and her grandmother. Aliya is returning home on summer break to see her grandmother, but first she stops in London, where she meets Khaleel, a man who she is drawn to despite his unsuitable background, as well as members of the Indian branch of her family.
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. This is a weird, prickly, sometimes funny, sometimes boring novel that ends up being very likable despite itself. For me, Home Fires was one of the best reads of the year and this isn't but I still liked seeing the trajectory of her style and her storytelling. Shamsie's more recent books are better and they reflect a more mature viewpoint at least, of the main characters. I felt this book tried to use too many tricks and gimmicks e. I think the writing itself was strong and capable. And the story had some intrigue.
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Thank you!, This contemporary novel tells the story of Aliya, a Pakistani woman of an aristocratic family who becomes reacquainted with family members — first in London and then in Karachi — after being away for four years at a university in America.
Jump to navigation. All "good" novels are a hybrid form: part social inquiry or history, part fantasy, part confessional in search of an answer to "Who am I? Young Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie's second novel, Salt and Saffron , is precisely this: stories within stories that describe themselves not by birth, ethnicity or geographical location but by the confluence of all these with the facts of migration, transculturation and multiple identities. The story is built around the homecoming of a young Pakistani girl, Aliya, a student in her early 20s who returns from her university in the United States to Karachi for the summer vacations. The distance has provided a perspective to look at her life that has been embedded in the Dard-e-Dil clan that spirals back to Mughal times. The clan is a garrulous lot.