An Evening with Shandana Minhas, Author of “Tunnel Vision”
Friday, 24th Oct 2008 | 7:00 pm
Tunnel Vision is the story of Ayesha Siddiqui, 31 and independent. She proposes to the man she loves; his silence makes her crash through the windshield of her car. In her comatose state, Ayesha floats between Time Past and Time Present. The narrative meanders through her life, throwing up startling facts about her immediate family, relatives and friends. It is set against the backdrop of Karachi – a city where the past, present and future battle it out on billboards, TV and the backs of rickshaws.
Tunnel Vision was published in November 2007 by Roli Books and short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book.
“The provocative opening to Shandana Minhas‘ debut novel is the perfect introduction to her book – piercingly witty and acutely perceptive, with a strong sense of place and an avid appreciation of the ridiculous … the city is not so much a backdrop but rather an active participant in Minhas’s universe …”
Dawn Books and Authors
“Tunnel Vision is written with zest and verve. Minhas’ character portraits are exceptional, especially that of Ayesha and her scheming, victim-playing mother.”
About the Author
Shandana Minhas was born in Karachi in 1975 and is not dead yet (apologies to Terry Pratchett). In the years since she dropped out of college she has written for stage, screen and print, taught at a high school and a university, and perfected the art of looking very busy while doing very little. Her column Don’t Shoot the Messenger appears in The News on Sunday, her column Djinn and Tonic appears regularly on www.chowk.com, her novella Rafina is being adapted into a feature film by acclaimed director Sabiha Sumar, and about twice a year someone is stupid enough to give her money to script a documentary or write copy. Shandana’s first collection of poetry will be published by Chowk Press in San Francisco in early 2009 and she is currently working on her second novel. She considers having had a baby without an epidural her biggest accomplishment to date.
Date: Friday 24th October, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.