Stories within stories are woven into this contemporary revisiting of the classical ‘qissa’ genre
The immensity that the novel as a form promises is often considered the pinnacle of modern literature. This isn’t a notion limited to the English language. Even in Hindi and Urdu, despite the robust short story movements of the 20th century, the modern novel has commanded a particular kind of admiration. For the Pakistani-Canadian author Musharraf Ali Farooqi, however, the novel, despite its scope, falls short.