Women of Prey (Shikari Auratein), Saadat Hasan Manto and Saba Mahmood Bashir

The stories in Women of Prey were first published in 1955 (coincidentally the year he died at the age of forty-two) in a collection with a titillating title, Shikari Auratein. Sharply witty, these stories border on the lines of pulp fiction. Moving round the cities of Lahore and Bombay, the stories show a raunchier and darkly funny side of Manto.

Of female bodies, war crimes, and impunity

While Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora is a critical study on impunity, The Mothers of Manipur is a chronicle of twelve women who staged a historic protest against the armed forces in Manipur on 15 July, 2004.

The Life of a Woman

A review of Scaachi Koul’s One Day We’ll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, a collection of personal essays published by Penguin. This review originally appeared in The Punch Magazine.

Book dedications

  Book dedications. One odd lil one. Another heartening, yet sad. I wonder what they would say to each other.