In an inspection of identity, influences and civilisational pull, Sardar reclaims ‘desi-ness’ for the Pakistani, craving a new binding of old unifiers
Zaman focuses on Islam as a fiercely contested terrain in colonial times as well as in a new Pakistan. He also scrutinises the marginalised fate of Ahmadis and Shias.
Warne wastes words rambling on his growing up, affairs and escapades. On spin bowling, cricketing personages and vignettes he delivers like a maestro.
Like his coruscatingly brilliant stories, Manto was quirky, unpredictable, made of hard and soft edges. These essays, by his literary friends, confirm his genius.