Story of a Widow (BP) By: Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Story of a Widow (BP) By: Musharraf Ali Farooqi

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She contemplated her good fortune in finding an upright man like Akbar Ahmad as her life partner and felt grateful for his bounteous legacy, which released her from all financial cares. Akbar Ahmad looked back at her, his face cast in an expression of long suffering. Mona s eyes welled up with tears. from The Story of a Widow After the death of her husband Akbar Ahmad, Mona finds herself settling ambivalently into a new life. But the calm rhythm of her days gardening, cooking, time with her neighbours and family in Karachi is upset by the appearance of Salamat Ali, the new tenant in her friend Mrs. Baig s house. Vivacious, friendly, and at times almost impertinent, Salamat Ali is both a breath of fresh air and a disconcerting new presence in Mona s life, and their awkward meetings always seem to end in embarrassment or misunderstanding. When Salamat Ali, encouraged by Mrs. Baig, presents Mona with a marriage proposal, she is forced to consider what kind of future she wishes to make for herself and what her past with Akbar Ahmad really means.

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