Exploring the Complexity of Human Relationships
Nishat Zaidi
CONTEMPORARY URDU SHORT STORIES FROM KOLKATA by Edited by Shams Afif Siddiqi and Fuzail Asar Siddiqi Translated from the original Urdu by Shams Afif Siddiqi Niyogi/Thornbird Books, 2023, 289 pp., INR 495.00
March 2024, volume 48, No 3

After all what is the purpose of the story, if it cannot help us leave time behind?’ asks Gocharan Ray, the signalman in Siddique Alam’s story ‘The Stopped Clock’. Indeed, it is the privilege of stories to take us away and beyond the clock time of history that weaves patterns to the tune of exigencies of politics and power,

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