PAKISTANI WRITER Intezar Husain read two stories — ‘Pachhtava’ and ‘Reserve Seat’ — as part of the ‘Paath’ series at Bharat Bhavan on Thursday.
The first story in the Indian cultural context was sprinkled with messages of Lord Buddha. What is life? What is death? It unveils that that one should continue with spiritual research but it is the woman who actually gives strength and inspiration.
The second one, Reserve Seat, was about an old woman who has umpteen dreams and some of them are also realised. In one such dream she sees that the conductor of a bus stops her from sitting on a seat saying it was reserved. The boy turns out be her grandson. In real life also her grandson dies in a terrorist attack and she then defines her dream in true life.
Speaking on the occasion Husain said the modern fiction was inspired from the western tradition of fiction. “The Indian subcontinent tradition attracted me and I studied many Indian literary works, which inspired me a lot.” After the story session there was a question hour session.