Typically Tanya by Taha Kehar

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    Meet Tanya Shaukat. Tanya's got a pretty good life, working for Karachi's Daily Image newspaper and smoking-drinking-flirting her way through minor romantic escapades. Sure, there are a few tiny problems. But, so far, she's been handling them well enough - in fact, she's even managed to neatly sidestep the rishtaas her mother's match-making friends keep bringing in. Arranged marriage? No, thank you. She'd like some knee-shaking love instead. But Tanya's carefree life quickly gets complicated after her (erstwhile) best friend Sonia's shaadi is called off when the groom runs away with another woman - the same groom Tanya once got intimate with on a drunken night she would rather not remember. Now it's up to Tanya to set things right. Will Tanya manage to save Sonia's wedding? And will she finally find true love?

    • Author: Taha Kehar.
    • Publisher: Harper Collins India.
    • Publishing Date: 6 September 2006.
    • Pages: 252.

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    "[Tanya's] story... cover[s] the formation and destruction of relationships." - Hindustan Times Brunch

    "Typically Tanya explores the themes of freedom and negotiation [and] also looks at marriage and love." - The Asian Age

    "It's a risky undertaking for a man to write in the female first-person, but one that the novelist pulls off with aplomb...Kehar is a good observer of human frailties and paradoxes." - Dawn, Books and Authors

    "One of Pakistan's most exciting new writers." -The Express Tribune

    "When Taha Kehar writes Typically Tanya, he borrows a page out of the Wodehousian narrative, but he does not go for the whole Wodehousian spirit. Instead, he fashions a world out of Karachi that is more Wodehouse and less Dostoevsky." - The News on Sunday

    "Typically Tanya is like a breath of fresh air as it sparks hope that Pakistan has room for paperbacks." -Slogan Magazine


    About the Author

    Taha Kehar is a novelist, journalist and literary critic. A law graduate from SOAS, London, Kehar is the author of two novels, Typically Tanya (HarperCollins India, 2018) and Of Rift and Rivalry (Palimpsest Publishers, 2014). He is the co-editor of The Stained-Glass Window: Stories of the Pandemic from Pakistan. Kehar has served as the head of The Express Tribune’s Peshawar city pages and bi-monthly books page, and worked as an assistant editor on the op-ed desk at The News. Kehar’s essays, reviews and commentaries have been published in The News on Sunday, The Hindu and South Asia magazine and his short fiction has appeared in the Delhi-based quarterly The Equator Line, the biannual journal Pakistani Literature and the OUP anthology I’ll Find My Way. Two of his short stories appeared in an anthology titled The Banyan and Her Roots, which has been edited by the British writer Jad Adams. In 2016, he guest-edited an issue of The Equator Line, titled ‘Pakistan: After The Stereotypes’, that focused on new writing from Pakistan. Kehar curates Tales from Karachi: City of Words, an Instagram e-anthology that publishes flash fiction from and about Karachi. He recently compiled and edited the first print anthology of the initiative titled Tales from Karachi (Moringa, 2021). Based in Karachi, he teaches undergraduate media courses and has just completed a post-modern detective novel.

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