Top 5 Pakistani Authors You Need To Read Amidst This Epidemic

Amidst this epidemic that’s going on in our country and around the world, reading is that habit that will help us in staying sane.

In the last six months or so, I got a chance to explore some very talented Pakistani authors. Each of them have a unique writing style. Being an avid reader, writing style of the author is one of the important elements that compels you to keep reading. Here are those authors who inspired me with their depth of writing:

1. Musharraf Ali Farooqi:

His book “Merman And The Book of Power” was publish was last year. Believe me when I tell you that this book is one of the masterpieces in Pakistani Literature.  As the title suggests, this book does talk about a merman and the tale is mixed with the historical era of Abbasid caliphate. Being a Muslim, I have studied the history and a little bit about this caliphate in my teens. But the tales weaved in this book are from a whole different point of view and it’s intriguing.⁣

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This book is a must read! I don’t usually start my book reviews like this, but this is a special book and you JUST GOTTA GIVE IT A READ! @micromaf has done an exceptional job here. 📔 The book is written with the finest recipe of a non-traditional dish, which was long forgotten. We all know what a Merman is, we are all fascinated by mythical creatures but this Qissa is like a breeze of fresh air. 📖 For this book, I have written a Recipe Style book review, hoping that you will enjoy reading it and it will be more insightful. 📖 2 Cup – Mixture of Abbasid Era and Destruction of Baghdad by Hulago Khan 2 Tbsp – Mystery & Mythical Creature 1 Tbsp – More information about mythical creatures 1 Cup – Research & References 2 Tbsp – Glamour  For Garnishing – Engaging Qissa – Without dialogs and short chapters to finish it off in one sitting. Instructions: Use a huge wok – This is for the whole family and you can invite your friends too, Heat up the wok on low burner and add “mixture of Abbasid Era and Destruction of Baghdad by Hulago Khan”, then stir slowly with a slotted spoon and it set aside. In the same oil, fry Mystery and Mythical Creatures with lower body of a fish with beautiful fins and upper body of a human. Keep frying for 30 seconds and then add more information with spicy illustrations (they are a treat for a book lover), fry for another 30 seconds. Throw in some research and references like onions and cook for 3 minutes until translucent. Now pour in Glamour (like Salt bae 🙄) and some intimate relation as tomato puree. Cook for 3-5 minutes until each ingredient starts settling in. 📔 Here is a tip, before you serve it the dish: This is a Qissa, it's written without dialogs. That means, there is no need of Garnishing or preparing any additional Salad. 📖 If you can’t make it, just order it from www.micromaf.com (or you can visit @micromaf 's profile, the link is in his bio) P. S. This Recipe Style review is inspired by @its4eyedgal recent posts and thank you @sawera_dedar for editing it for meeehhh.

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2. Anumm Salman:

She published her first poetry book “Sense Me” last year. Her poems are so relatable, nostalgic and motivational. They give you a flavor of our Pakistani society as you read along.

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"Maybe this isn’t the destination. Maybe where you are right now is the transit. That doesn’t mean you aren’t travelling, you can’t be a rock, stuck in a moment. You need to be sand, swept away and landed wherever the wind takes you. Maybe you’re a monad with no home. And maybe that’s good; maybe you’ll never be homeless, and that is something to be happy about." ~Sense Me by @writeroholic 🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌 #qotd : Lets spread love. Tell me who inspires you and why? Or who is that wonder woman in your life? #Bookreview : Gosh! From where should I even start? All these poetries by the Annum swept me away through the various phases of life.  I found myself relating to so many poems that she wrote.  Here are some of my favorites: ● The narrow Escape of an Artist ● Home ● You are loved ● Anna ● The last dance ● My body ● I found words ● Maybe ● Not your punch line ● Tell them ● Artists Most of all her book inspired me, gave me motivation to write my own. I can’t write a long review for this one because reading and writing poems is a kind of an spiritual experience for me. I am unable to explain it in words.  I will just say that you have to get this book and read it for yourself. It’s a different experience and you will feel it…take my word for it.  Thank you so much Annum for sending me your book. I felt so honored to read it. Also, the wonder women bookmark you included in the box is literally my favorite😍. I say it again, please get this book for yourself and be prepared for the intense ride. Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.5/5 🌌🌌 Shoutout to my boss/mentor @iamramshazia for supporting me immensely, helping me hone my skills and for being my inspiration. A true wonder woman❤. #betterreadschallenge : 142/365 #mymusicplaylist : #Confident by @ddlovato . . . #bookstagram #senseme #annumsalman #bookphotography #poetrybook #igbooks #booklife #cupcakesandbooks #cupcakes #foodandbooks #bookaesthetic #mybookfeatures #goodreads #read #booknerdigans #bookblogger #bookish #flatlay #readers #bookpic #bookcommunity #bookishlove #bookaholic #ilovebooks #unitedbookstagram

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3. Safinah Danish Elahi:

Her book was publish last year. “The Unbridled Romance of Love and Pain” is a short poetry book for all kinds of readers.

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“I came to peace with myself⁣ When I opened my heart⁣ To feelings I had been⁣ Hiding from myself⁣ Feeling a I hadn’t⁣ Introduced myself to⁣ It was nice to meet them⁣ At last.“ – The Unbridled Romance of Love & Pain by @safinah.danishelahi⁣ 🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌⁣ ⁣ #Qotd : How was the weekend y'all? Anything interesting that you got to do?⁣ ⁣ #BookReview : The Unbridled Romance of Love & Pain⁣ ⁣ I am kinda late for this review post and am sorry for that. But here it is. ⁣ ⁣ Firstly, thank you so much to author Safinah D. Elahi for sending me your poetry book. I love reading poetry and since I write poetry myself, this feels amazing. ⁣ ⁣ I will get back to the poetries itself in a bit because I want to talk about the physical book. The cover itself is so simple yet beautiful and the pages of the book…Omg they are just so soft and beautiful. All of this made the reading experience even more mind blowing. ⁣ ⁣ When I saw that there were these short poems on each page with deep feelings oozing out of them, I was just so intrigued. Most poem books that I’ve read till now have a title and are beautifully formed no doubt. ⁣ But the pure beauty of this book were all these little poems in such raw form. They just got to me, like each and Every one of em. I was reading them and it just felt like ⁣ ..what I know this feeling, I have felt these emotions and omg I have gone through this experience. I could relate to all of these raw, powerful words so intimately.⁣ ⁣ Thank you Safinah for these powerful And heartwrenching poems. This book is a treasure that I will cherish and will always look back to💜😍.⁣ ⁣ #goodnight ⁣ . . #bookblog #poemsofinstagram #shortpoems #rawpoems #safinahdanishelahi #theunbridledromanceofloveandpain #booklovin #booklitty #altereafeature #themagicofbookstagram #bookgirl #bookishphotography #bookphotography #goodreads #goodreadschallenge2019 #lifestyle #love #pain #poems #poetsofinstagram #pkreaders #bookstersofpakistan #lightroompakistany #poetsandwriters #poemsofig

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4. Humaira Amjad:

Her poetry book “Fixing” is all about the individuality of womanhood. The way she is, the way she survives with the phenomenal courage and existence.

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#bookreview : Fixing by @humairawritings ⁣ ⁣ ⭐ : 5/5⁣ ⁣ What do I say about this book? Apart from the fact that it's amazingly woven through the thoughts of a bold young lady, it's stunningly deep and beautiful. I mean it's all about the phases of a girl's life. ⁣ ⁣ How a girl, in her teenage – dependent on her father, craves for that unrequited feeling of love that she has only seen in movies or read about in books. Then, she grows up and finally holds the hands of a man that is not her father. Then there comes a phase when her heart is broken and her hopes shattered. It's that phase where she must learn to accept her marvellous ness. It's that phase where she must need to understand that her power lies beyond one person. And then comes the phase when she's stronger than she's ever been. She is bold and independent and she knows it. – It's all about a chaotic journey from being a girl to a woman and then transforming into a sensible lady. One might think that all the poetry books are about women empowerment these days – or almost all or most of them are about the strength of women, YES – you might be right. Because in a society we live, girls are not given their freedom of decisions by default. They have to prove themselves worthy of the powers. And in our male oriented and male dominant socities, it's a not a piece of cake for women to achieve that spot. ⁣ ⁣ Though I don't think women need empowerment from external sources. Women are given a separate status and rights from their birth. I'm not your typical aurat march type of a feminist and I know the difference between 'a woman being independent' and 'a foolish girl trying to intimidate men and prove that she is an independent woman'.⁣ ⁣ Respect yourself girls, prioritize your self respect above your heart's desires. Don't blame others for breaking your heart, know your worth yourself first! 🌸⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ -⁣ ⁣ Ps: while reading the poems, I decided to speak about all this. Yes, this book was that good ❤⁣ ⁣ -⁣ #fixing #bookstagram #poetrybook #womenempowerment #woman #iam #beingwoman #loveyourself #ilovemyself #feminist #booksaboutwomen#booksters #poemsaboutlove #poemsofinstagram #pakistaniauthors #rawareads

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5. Hina Shamsi:

Hina published a quick-witted satire called “The Quintessential Fat Girl” last year. This book is a quick, fun read with an important message to the readers.

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#bookreview: The quintessential fat girl by @hinashamsiwrites⁣ ⁣ 🌟: 4/5⁣ ⁣ TGFG is equal parts inspiring and funny because the events in this story resonate so well with the typical stereotypical Pakistani society. I loved reading something so true and relatable, seeing the protagonist shift through one mood swing to another in a matter of seconds, facing remarks about her appearance and weight, wanting to put a stop to the double standards but giving in at times and trying to adjust to the rotten societal norms.⁣ ⁣ It’s not just some book about the weight loss journey of a fat girl, it’s an embodiment of agony and extreme mental suffering that many of us have to face every day in terms of fat-shaming disguised as health advice or a rude remark about one’s appearance or disability labeled as a ‘joke’. It’s an essential read with a powerful message, full of witty sarcasm and hilarious pickup lines. It would make you smile and laugh and sad but it will also make you ponder on your responsibilities as a member of this society. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, truly!⁣ ⁣ Synopsis: Our sweetheart Zoie, almost 40, lives in the metropolis city Karachi and is trying all sorts of diets, conscientious gym workouts to lose these extra bags of flesh on her body for this upcoming wedding in the family but nothing has made a significant difference yet, not even Keto meals and ABC juices that she has consumed dreadfully. Amidst her struggles and anxieties about her weight, she has to bear blood-boiling remarks of her thinner cousins and those typical aunties in the family. It seems like everybody and everything has made a point to remind her of her extra pounds which has greatly affected her peace of mind. But life cannot only be about bad things, right? There is a lot of positivity surrounding Zoie as well, if only she stops this self-doubting recognizes her worth as Nayyirah Waheed said: “And I said to my body softly, I want to be your friend, it took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this’”⁣ ⁣ (Continued in comments) #rawareads

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