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Wednesday 15 April 2015 
AfK - Conference Hall - 6:30 pm

by Shazaf Fatima Haider
Talk moderate by Afia Aslam

Wednesday 15 April, 6:30 pm, Conference Hall

Shazaf Fatima Haider was born in Islamabad in 1982. She is a writer and teacher and is currently based in Karachi, Pakistan. “How it happened” is her first novel.


Dadi, the imperious matriarch of the Bandian family in Karachi, swears by the virtues of the?arranged marriage. All her ancestors - including a dentally and optically challenged aunt - have been perfectly well-served by such arrangements. But her grandchildren are harder to please. Haroon, the apple of her eye, has to suffer half a dozen candidates until he finds the perfect Shia-Syed girl of his dreams. But it is Zeba, his sister, who has the tougher time, as she is accosted by a bevy of suitors, including a potbellied cousin and a banker who reeks of sesame oil. Told by the witty, hawk-eyed Saleha, the precocious youngest sibling, this is a romantic, amusing and utterly delightful story about how marriages are made and unmade-not in heaven, but in the drawing room and over the phone.

Afia Aslam is a co-founder of Desi Writers’ Lounge (DWL) and Editor of its bi-annual literary magazine, Papercuts.

The Salon Littéraire is an initiative of the Alliance Française de Karachi which brings Pakistani and French writers, both contemporary and past, to the AFK in order to discuss and interact on matters of literature with AFK members and the general public. Previous sessions have included talks on Parveen Shakir, the poetry of Benazir Bhutto, and the First World War in French Literature.
The Salon Littéraire is free and open to the public.