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Raised and educated in Lahore, Pakistan, Tahira Naqvi is now settled
United States. She has been teaching English for nearly fifteen years
has also taught Urdu at NYU and Columbia. Her short stories have been
anthologized and she has published two collections of short
is working on her first novel.
Maniza Naqvi (no relation) and Sabrina Saleem at a panel in New York.
Photo by Jeet Thayil &
Also a translator of Urdu fiction and prose, Tahira has translated
Chughtai's short stories, published as The Quilt and Other Stories,
novellas titled The Heart Breaks Free, Chughtai's novel, titled The
Line in English, and recently Chughtai's essays under the title, My
My Enemy, the anthology expected to be available in December 2000. In
addition, Tahira has translated a collection of short fiction
Cool, Sweet Water), by Khadija Mastur, a well-known Pakistani writer.
translations of Saadat Hasan Manto's stories appeared in 1983.
is completing a collection of works by Hajira Masroor, another writer
fiction from Pakistan.
- About Tahira Naqvi
by Gayatri Devi in Monsoon magazine.
writers discuss challenges of life in America. The companion piece
to the photograph above, by Jeet Thayil in India Abroad.
- Review of
Living in America by Sudha Sundaresh. A collection of poetry and
fiction by South Asian American writers, the book includes a story by
- Online work by Naqvi
Good Wife, a short story in Monsoon magazine.
in the Marketplace. A short story in Weber Studies.
- About Attar of Roses
Excerpt from Bapsi Sidhwa's review in Journal of Asian Studies,
I was asked last year by the members of a reading group in
"Why is it every time we read a story with a Muslim setting it
sensationalizes some dreadful aspect of culture . . . Isn't there any
about ordinary, day-to-day life in a Muslim setting?"
Of course there is, but little that I know in English. Western
publishers favor the sensational. I suggested Sara Suleri's magical
MEATLESS DAYS . . . I can also now recommend Tahira Naqvi's ATTAR OF
AND OTHER STORIES OF PAKISTAN. This collection . . . devoid of
pretension, is refreshing and honest in its depiction . . . Tahira
[who] purports to write from memory, has a very good memory indeed,
eye for the accumulation of detail that brings the characters (mostly
and the environment they inhabit, to life . . . In her quiet way
sustains a tension and suspense that make many of her stories
- Attar of Roses and other stories from Pakistan. Lynne
Riener Press, 1998.
- Dying in a Strange Country. TSAR Press, 2001.
The linked stories in this collection have a life in the Pakistani
community of North America. Set primarily among a large extended
family from a
beloved Lahore, at the center of which is the young and sensitive
housewife Zenab, the several voices of the stories all converge upon
though no less exciting and wonderful world of the immigrant. That
evolving, at times amid protests; as when an aged aunt asks of a
'But is he circumcised?'; and at times in surprising ways, but
relentlessly. Guilt walks hand in hand with nostalgia, the desire to
completely overcomes that longing to return. But ultimately, as Zenab
is not lost, is it?'
- My Friend, My Enemy: A Prose Anthology, by Ismat
Chughtai. Translated by Tahira Naqvi. Kali for Women Press, New Delhi,
- Another Lonely Voice: The Life and Works of Saadat Hasan
Manto. Translated by Tahira Naqvi. Introduction by Leslie
Fleming. Vanguard books, Lahore, Pakistan. 1985.
- The Quilt and Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai. Translated
by Tahira Naqvi. Kali for Women Press, New Delhi, India. 1990.
- Cool, Sweet Water, by Khadija Mastur. Translated by Tahira
Naqvi. Oxford University Press, Pakistan. 1999.
- The Heart Breaks Free & The Wild One. Two novellas by
Ismat Chughtai, translated by Tahira Naqvi. Kali for Women Press,
New Delhi, 1993.
- The Crooked Line (Terhi Lakir). A novel by Ismat Chugtai,
translated by Tahira Naqvi. Kali for Women Press, New Delhi, 1995.
Also published by Heinemann International Press, UK, 1995.
- Dying in a strange country
TSAR Books. (2001)
- Sawnet Review by Pratibha Ghogale-Kelapure
- Attar of Roses and other stories of Pakistan
Lynne Rienner Press, CO. (1987)
South Asian Women authors