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Natasha Ahmed's works

Butterfly Season

Travelling to the Land of Butterflies

A few years earlier, a scandal ran through Karachi’s middle classes when several cyber cafés released videos of couples necking (and a lot more) in the small private booths of their establishments. The couples were unaware that they were being filmed and some of the videos were incredibly explicit. To the sensibilities of ordinary Pakistanis, […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

When I first joined the Twittersphere on Jan 20, 2014 (yes, I am that anal — I mark such dates in the calendar), one of the most welcoming and friendly voices I was found was dystopian novelist, D. M. Cain. She continues to be a source of great support to newbies and indie authors, so […]

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A Pre-Release Preview

Butterfly Season hasn’t been released yet, but it’s in the starting blocks, ready to accelerate as soon as the gun goes off. Granted, for it to be in the race, well, you have to want it. So this is a sneak peek for you, a small taste of the full book. Let me know what […]

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Writer’s Kaboodle Interviews Natasha Ahmed

On February 6, 2014, the lovely Sezoni Whitfield interviewed me on Twitter. It was my first interview, and I had butterflies in my stomach right until we started. But Sezoni’s a fantastic interviewer. She let me ramble on in the beginning, and then guided me to saner avenues when I was finally in stride. I […]

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Music: Distraction or Inspiration?

My husband, who is also a writer, likes to write in the dead of night, free from all distractions and possible interruptions. He doesn’t put on his headphones, and he writes in bed (an annoyance that’s right up there with crumbs in the sheets!). I will sometimes wake up at four in the morning and […]

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Cover Reveal

In my real life and day job, I’m a graphic designer, and creating a book cover is routine, to say the least. It’s still a tense moment, however, when I present the first round of ideas to the public (read client) and wait for the critics to pounce.

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The Average Pakistani Woman

When you think of women from Pakistan, it’s easy to think in extremes. We have two images: the woman covered from head to toe and subject to the men in her life, or the upper-class elite woman who dresses, speaks, thinks and lives exactly as she pleases.

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The Song

I found the song ‘Kabhi Hum Khoobsurat Thay’ on Soundcloud:

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A Journey Through Sand

Kashmir poet Ahmed Shamim’s (1927 – 1982) most famous work was the poem The Moment of Embarking on a Journey Through Sand, a free-verse ghazal (a form of poetry peculiar to Urdu and Persian literature) that was popularized by Nayyara Noor’s rendition for Pakistan Television (Teesra Kinara, 1986).

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‘Butterfly Season’ – Chapter 4 (Excerpt)

This is an excerpt from chapter 4 of ‘Butterfly Season’. “So, are you going to tell me where we’re going?” “It’s a surprise.” “Am I going to like this surprise?” His brows went up, and he said mildly, “I hope so, or this will be a very short evening.” They had entered a wooded area, […]

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