For the love of Manto.
Saadat Hasan Manto's stories, dark as they may be, leave your heart that much lighter for the whittling down it endures whilst reading them.
A sample ~ "I had seen Siraj once or twice. She was really skinny but beautiful, and her prominent eyes over-shadowed every other feature on her oval face. When I saw her for the first time on Clare road, I was puzzled. I wanted to tell her eyes, ‘Excuse me, please move aside a little so I can see Siraj.’ Needless to say, it didn’t happen."
Here are two of a series of letters written post partition by Manto to "Uncle Sam" that not only reflect his own wit, writing genius and the ethos of that era, but make for delightful and relevant reading even and especially now, more than 5 decades later.. http://www.alhamra.com/Excerpts/LettersExcerpt.htm