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Q&A with Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed

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Shaheen Ashraf-AhmedCurious Book Fans member koshkha loved Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed’s two short stories The Dust Beneath her Feet and A Change in the Weather and wanted to know more. She spoke with the author of these stories and her latest novel, ‘A Deconstructed Heart’ to find out more about the author’s inspiration and influences.

CBF: The Dust Beneath her Feet and A Change in the Weather are both part of the ‘Purana Qila’ series of short stories. I couldn’t see how the two stories were linked – did I miss something or will it take more stories for a pattern to become clearer?

Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed: I wanted each story to be complete in itself, but draw upon some of the same characters. The two stories are connected by physical location: they both revolve around Purana Qila, which means old fort.

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A Change in the Weather

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 A Change in the Weather, Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed, book review It’s often said that in the moments before you die your life passes in front of your eyes. I’m sceptical about how true that is since anyone who’s had it happen to them is unlikely to be able to report back after the event. By contrast, I can believe that in their final days, the sick and dying probably do look back on their lives and think about the people they loved, the chances they missed and the things that might have been different if they’d come to life’s junctions and taken a different direction. This is the theme of Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed’s short story A Change in the Weather.

An old man lies in his bedroom in India, gathering the people and things he loves around him.


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The Dust Beneath Her Feet

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The Dust Beneath Her Feet by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed, book reviewAt the time when history’s defining events are taking place, they aren’t always recognised as being such defining moments. It takes a bit of hindsight to realise how significant they are. I’m sure that when the first man walked on the moon, there were plenty of people eating their dinner, feeding the dog, going to the office and just getting on with their lives. When the Germans invaded Poland, much of the world was just living their lives, oblivious to the impact of what might come next. Why do I mention these things? Because it’s not always necessary for a book set at a significant time to actually be directly about that time. History’s defining events can be the back-drop to a book rather than front of stage getting all the attention. Such is the case in Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed’s short novel The Dust Beneath Her Feet.


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