“I am a recluse and I love books more than I love people.” – So begins Fiza Pathan, the self-proclaimed Reclusive Writer and Reader of Mumbai. In this charming collection of personal essays, Fiza recalls important phases of her life, along with the books she was reading at the time and where she read them. Revealed along the way are Fiza’s personal struggles, from the father who didn’t want a girl child to the years she believed she wanted to be a nun to the college friends who shamed her for gaining weight.
Her greatest victories are found here as well, among them the publication of her first story, the request to autograph her most popular book by an author she admired, the start of her own publishing company, and the acquisition of her very own office-cum-writing hut. Within her stories, you’ll meet Fiza’s beloved Mama, editorial partner (and uncle) Blaise, many other uncles and aunts, the librarians of her youth, and plenty of book salesman. All the people who have helped Fiza along her path to books, books, and more books. You’ll also take a taxi with Narayan, Fiza’s “Man Friday,” to visit her favorite haunts, from libraries to kiosks to boutiques to vendors who pile their offerings on the sides of the road, and you’ll learn the plots of her favorite comics, religious writings, medical thrillers, horror stories, activist writings, and so much more.
Fiza believes that every one of the books she has read has helped her become the person – and the writer – she was meant to become. Scenes of a Reclusive Writer & Reader of Mumbai is her life in books!
I loved this collection of essays. The author shares so many interesting snapshots from her life while growing up in India. I am fascinated with cultures from around the world, and this book feeds my imagination.
This collection contains some of the best-crafted stories I’ve ever read from an indie author. Fiza Pathan is as skilled as they come. I give this book five stars because of its ability to pull the reader in and feel what Pathan herself may have felt during these documented situations. Her father rejected her because she is not the son he wanted. But with the help of her mother, uncles, and many other close family members and friends, this talented writer has become so much more than she herself may even realize. I look forward to reading some of the other works by this author.
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