Love In Chakiwara And Other Misadventures
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A small Karachi neighbourhood, Chakiwara
is humdrum and unspectacular to all
appearances. But inside its shops and
at the street corners, there is curious
Chronicling the drama that unfolds daily
is Iqbal Hussain Changezi, bakery owner
and collector of writers and geniuses.
He has his eyes on out-of-work comedian
Chakori, apprentice to a Chinese dentist,
even as the town’s mostly unsuccessful
healer of physical and spiritual maladies
prepares to unleash his top-secret
invention, the love meter.
Muhammad Khalid Akhtar presents a world
at once familiar and peculiar but always
surprising, his unforgettable characters
keeping alive the old ways in a quietly
changing Karachi in post-independence
Pakistan. Love in Chakiwara and Other
Misadventures is a true testament to
the wit, sagacity and quiet brilliance of
one of the greatest storytellers of his time.