Kolachi Dreams

Kolachi Dreams is the second novel by Nadya A. Rahimtoola. Released 10 years ago, her first novel Broken Souls, did not do so well commercially but that did not faze Nadya. Now out with her second novel, this is what she has to say:

The process of Kolachi Dreams started some 10 years back. I had an idea of the kind of story I wanted to write next. It was to be a racy thriller set in contemporary Karachi. I had sort of mind-mapped it. You know, I had these characters in my head and they have travelled with me for long but I think that even though it has taken a long time, it ended right. It all just came out when it had to.

Kolachi Dreams, like Broken Souls, delves into the elements that are maligning our society. It talks about corruption, destitution, depression but is not a soft, sensitive narration. It’s a racy thriller full of colourful language. What took her over 10 years to write her second book were “a lot of commitments. I got married and then I had kids. I was studying too, after which I was teaching. I did my masters from the University of Birmingham. I am a teacher basically. I have studied social, emotional and behavioural difficulty in children.”

When asked how she could have thought up the mullah element and suicide bombings a decade ago as this is all a recent, closer to 9/11, development, she says, “Karachi used to be very violent. Remember the strikes, shutdowns, etc? Everyone knows the kind of environment here 10 years ago. But along the years, as events happened, I have been adding things to my plot. The story is not just about Karachi. I have tried to tie up the picture of the city with the whole world.” – Review in Books and Authors

1 Comment so far

  1. Shayan (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 6:18 am

    When I went back to Karachi this winter, I was stunned to see how many new Pakistani English novels there were in Liberty. I went crazy and bought them all but predictably enough managed to read only one of the books in the two weeks I was there: “Kolachi Dreams”. The novel was completely plot driven. The characters’ personalities were sacrificed to the plot, which resulted in the characters doing things that felt completely unnatural for them. On the bright side, Nadya writes well and her point that Karachi’s upper class and lower class are two sides of the same coin is well taken.

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