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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Short Stories (single author)
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • eBook ISBN:9781624885280

Obscure Women Obscure Stories

A Pakistani Trilogy

by Parveen Talpur

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This book gives a glimpse of three ordinary Pakistani women who lived in different periods of time. Purani Kahani is of a desert woman, born before the Partition of India, who migrates to the fertile land of Sindh where a tragic incident creates in her a strong faith in a long dead saint. A miracle happens, her prayers are answered. Naya Daur, is a political satire set in the 1970's when democracy comes to Pakistan and how it deals with the age old tradition of child marriage. The third story is set in upstate New York, where a Pakistani woman struggles to earn money through cooking classes and faces a challenge from an Indian woman. The story ends with the tragic attack on Twin Towers. Together this trilogy presents not only the segments of lives of ordinary women in difficult circumstances but it also reveals a Pakistan beyond the monotonous day-to-day straight reporting of its military and political developments. The three stories set in different time periods and geographical locales weave the past and present through an engaging narrative that grips the reader with crisp dialog, intriguing plot points - and the vulnerability of women in hostile surroundings


As democracy ushers in a new era in Pakistan, Wadero Ali Khan, in the heat of his campaign, is faced with a controversial issue. He finds a unique solution to the problem that is more scandalous than the problem itself. “Where is my fortune,” a young Bhaag Bhari asks. “It’s all around you. The desert is your fortune,” she is told. Luck always comes to Bhaag Bhari in strange ways and she must pay the price of every gift that comes her way. Bina whips up interest in her Pakistani cooking classes in a small college town in upstate New York. But the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers change everything. Obscure Women Obscure Stories reveals a Pakistan beyond the monotonous day-to-day straight reporting of its military and political developments.  From thunderous political rallies and rustic remote shrines, to the inner world of surreal Sufi experiences and the household of a landlord politician, this trilogy takes the readers on a spectacular journey across the landscape of time and space.

About the author
Parveen Talpur is a writer, historian, and archaeologist. Apart from her books on history, Talpur has published a children’s novel, a book of verse, and a significant number of articles, short stories and poems in American and Pakistani newspapers and magazines.
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