In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal MueenuddinRate this book. Saleema was born in the Jhulan clan, blackmailers and bootleggers, Muslim refugees at Partition from the country northwest of Delhi. They were lucky, the new border lay only thirty or forty miles distant, and from thieving expeditions they knew how to travel unobserved along canals and tracks. Skirting the edge of the Cholistan Desert, crossing into Pakistan, on the fourth night they came to a Hindu village abandoned by all but a few old women. They drove them away and occupied the houses, finding pots and pans, buckets, even guard dogs, which grew accustomed to them. Then a suitor appeared, strutting the village on leave from his job in the city, and plucked her off to Lahore.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Refined, sensuous, by turns humorous, elegiac, and tragic, Mueenuddin evokes the complexities of the Pakistani feudal order as it is undermined and transformed. Download Cover Image up to px. The book became available in paperback and as an ebook in November Mueenuddin unveils a nuanced world where social status and expectations are understood without being stated, and where poverty and the desire to advance frame each critical choice. I n Other Rooms, Other Wonders is quite unlike anything recently published on the Indian side of the border, and throws the gauntlet down to a new generation of Indian writers.
Daniyal Mueenuddin's representation of gender in "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders"
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. - But to tell stories about the poor, the desperately poor, without making us feel we are turning the pages dutifully takes talent. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders , a debut collection by a Pakistani-American writer named Daniyal Mueenuddin, examines Pakistani society from the bottom to the top, and though the eight long stories are equally beautiful, the ones about the poverty-stricken are the most startling, because the lives they open a window onto are so far outside our ken.
Harouni's massive land holdings, makes one mistake: he takes a risk for love. Having fallen for Zainab, the married sister of one his servants, Jaglani decides to force her husband into a divorce. In coming to this decision, Jaglani, who is himself estranged from his wife, decides that "he had risen so far, had become invulnerable to the judgments of those around him, had become preeminent in this area by the river Indus, and now he deserved to make this mistake, for once not to make a calculated choice, but to surrender to his desire. By this scene in Mueenuddin's debut book, an impressive collection of short stories titled In Other Rooms, Other Wonders , it is clear that by abandoning the Machiavellian methodologies that made him wealthy and secure, Jaglani ensures his eventual downfall. The only question remaining is whether that decline will be a spiritual or material one. But before that inevitable decay takes hold, we follow, in Mueenuddin's deft, precise prose, Jaglani's gradual rise to power, observing how he uses his master's aristocratic detachment towards his own affairs to fulfill his own desires.