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Volume 12


Dog Eat Dog - December 2013


Verse

Taimoor Shahid

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Taimoor Shahid

Taimoor Shahid is a writer and translator. His translation of two Ibn-e Safi novels from Urdu was published by Random House, India. He co-translated The Madness of Longing: the Story of Mirza Ruswa from a 19th century Urdu novella by Mirza Hadi Ruswa.

        
      
       
            
              

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Translation: It Isn’t An Extraordinary Thing by Afzal Ahmed Syed


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It isn’t an extraordinary thing
That I was searched
And my heart stolen

Nor
That my house was set on fire
To throw me out

Nor
That I was shoved into a truck
With dog tongs

Nor even
That when I held a piece of burning coal in my hand
And asked, “What’s in my hand?”
You could not say anything

Afzal Ahmed Syed, Yeh Koi Ghair Mamuli Baat Nahi, Matti Ki Kaan, p. 64.

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