A Search for Identity: Pakistani Literature as a Lifeline

I grew up between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, a common rite of passage for many South Asian families in search of a “better life”, between home and a place that is similar — yet not quite.

You’re not an immigrant, nor will you ever be a citizen; even the diasporic element is amiss. That desert space is filled with an array of South Asian dialects and shades of brown skin. Whether it’s outside, operating a crane in 40 degrees Celsius, or inside your air-conditioned corner office, both reminisce about the homes they’ve left…