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Understanding Pakistan through its artists.
[Text by Mayank Austen Soofi]
To showcase the alternative reality of Pakistan, Pakistan Paindabad presents an interview series with novelist Sehba Sarwar. This exclusive feature forwards the process that was started by holding exhaustive conversations with Islamabad-based painter Faiza Khan (read that interview here). The idea was that by celebrating the country’s artists, this blogsite could throw a momentary light on the inner - and the Other - world of Pakistan.
Ms Sarwar’s life that spans two continents is fascinating. Her parents were born and raised in Uttar Pradesh, now in India, and relocated to Pakistan a few years after the Partition. She spent her own teenage years in the Karachi of General Zia’s regime. Her childhood home was known for hosting artistic soirees. She then studied in USA; married a Mexican-American. She now has a daughter.
In 2004, Ms Sarwar’s first novel, Black Wings, was published by Alhamra Publishing. Presently, besides working on her new novel, she is also the director of a multi-media arts organisation in Houston.
While based in US, Ms Sarwar travels frequently to Pakistan. She has also spent time in India. No doubt her experience of Pakistan will interest all those who want a better understanding of this country. Ms Sarwar talked to Pakistan Paindabad about Karachi and Houston; about writing and writers; about boundaries and nations, and of course, about Pakistan.
Click here to read the first part of the interview.