The headlines from Pakistan are relentless, and all too familiar. But Pakistani author Daniyal Mueenuddin, in his stunning debut collection of short stories, goes well beyond the predictable, into the brooding, tender heart of his country.
Friendships and love affairs; poverty and ambition; the dramas, large and small, of rural life. Behind it all, a tapestry of banyan trees, mango groves, decaying feudal estates. And history, in the eyes of maids, laborers, and landowners.
This hour, On Point: Daniyal Mueenuddin on his Pakistan.
You can join the conversation. What’s your question about life in Pakistan? Pakistani, South Asian listeners, do you hear familiar voices in Daniyal Mueenuddin’s stories?
Daniyal Mueenuddin joins us from New York. His debut collection , “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” has captivated critics, with strong reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He grew up in Pakistan and was educated here in the United States. He worked in the U.S., but moved back to Pakistan years ago and now tends a farm in a rural stretch of Punjab province, where he grows mango, cotton, and sugarcane.
You can read the collection’s title story at The New Yorker.