You Cannot Have All the Answers

A collection of fifteen short stories that offers a glimpse into the conflicting emotions which define the human condition. From the Partition tale, Cradle Song, winner of The Asian Age short story competition to the enigmatic You Cannot Have All the Answers, these narratives deal with issues like trauma, sexuality, prejudice, family relations and the recklessness of youth.

The Begum 

Born Irene Ruth Margaret Pant in the hill region of Kumaon in India, Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan was the wife of Pakistan's first prime minister.  Intelligent, outgoing and independent, Irene was teaching Economics in a Delhi college when she married Liaquat Ali Khan, a leading member of the Muslim League, and adopted the Muslim name of Gul-i-Ra'ana. Four years after the formation of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated. Bravely, Ra'ana continued to be active in public life and worked for the cause of women's empowerment in Pakistan. Her heroic story embodies all the major tropes of the Indian sub-continent's recent history. 

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Poems that celebrate life, family, love and art. That articulate women's struggle to break out of traditional moulds. Poems that capture moments of revelation and self realisation. 

"Deepa Agarwal writes consistently good poetry...Do Not Weep Lonely Mirror fully reflects the growing range of her poetic talent and sensibility." K. Satchidanandan