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In Other Rooms, Other Wonders illuminates a place and people as it describes the overlapping worlds of an extended Pakistani landowning family. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. By Daniyal Mueenuddin Ushered into the living room by the secretary after a quarter of an hour, Husna. Reading Daniyal Mueenuddin’s mesmerizing first collection, “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” is like watching a game of blackjack, the shrewd.

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Harouni is totally reliant on his land manager, Chaudrey Jaglani, to look after his interests.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Jaglani had lived an opportunistic life, seizing power wherever he saw it available and unguarded, and therefore he had not developed sentimental attachments to the tokens of his power, land, possessions, or even men.

There is a plethora of literature from some Asian countries, particularly India, Japan, and China. When he leaves the office in the evening, exactly at five, he doesn’t turn a corner or get into a cab or a bus, he simply dematerializes. It seems, to me, that many authors from the far east are feeding off of each others literary techniques He continued to run the farm extremely well and profitably, and continued sending money to Lahore, a larger share of the net in fact than he used to send, because he himself had developed other sources of income.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

But I feel the stories say as much about the daiyal himself as it does about contemporary Pakistan. What I got – a book about Pakistan, yes, but it could have just as easily been set in India. There is a story about the landowner, one about one of his servants, another about a nephew and so on and so forth. In fact, Islam is hardly mentioned when it forms such a huge part of people’s public and private life.


The area around the lovely city of Lahore where most of the stories take place comes to life. Her basic purpose behind this is to have a child of her own.

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This is an important book, and highly, highly recommended! And maybe all he was trying to do was create a social commentary illustrating the disconnect between two specific social classes in Pakistan. Each ending was like coming to the end in a novel. The stories uncover a multicolored society in which people’s social status and expectations are understood without being explained, and in which the class system and poverty are shown to influence any decision made at a critical moment in the characters’ lives.

Mueenuddin has put together a collection of stories that offers a less than flattering portrait of Pakistan. But they all end up on the losing side eventually as the men they sleep with are often old and die away.

It never disrupts my morning. When starting this book, I wondered what it would be like to be a highly American- educated, wealthy Pakistani-American living in rural Pakistan in today’s world. Dahiyal from and sold by Amazon.

She had clothes and shoes, not much else, had arrived in a rickshaw – the facts soon communicated through the house by the snickering community of washermen, drivers, sweepers, household servants. The stories engaged me and I found them easy to read. Books like this are why I generally stay away from fiction.

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While roooms reviewers seemed to think the author was as one reviewer put it in the background wagging his finger, I felt that the author seemed okay with it all.

Yet, he fails to convey any aspect of the Pakistani experience and even in his comments seems confused about the nature of the social structure, which he describes as feudal rather than as an ossified economic and caste structure with remnants of a precapitalist system. But I know that it is inhabited by human beings. What they all seem to have mueenddin common is courage.


The stories are mostly set in the 80s, before life there became subject to corruption. If you’re a non-Pakistani reader, take it with a grain of salt.

Some of the stories, most notably Our Lady of Paris, seem to be pastiches of thoughts strung together. Liberal feminists argue that the females have same capacity and space as men do in logical reasoning and agency, but that patriarchal division of labor has restricted women t o express and practice of this reasoning and agency. An wonderss feudal landlord’s household staff, the villagers who depend on his favor, and a network of relations near and far who have sought their fortune in the cities confront the advantages and constraints of station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change.

I finally read it as it is one of the September selections for one of my Goodreads groups. Almost every character is devoid of any scruples.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

And yes, to many the difference is insignificant and for the most part undetectable, but not to me. The stories show elements of the lives of Harouni himself as well as his employees, orher members, servants, and acquaintances.

Depicting a society where protocol and the family you come from means so much though increasingly not as much woncers it used tothe author’s use of recurring characters and their descendants is effective. She comes to the Lahore house of the retired civil servant and landlord K.