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The Short Form

“Ganjefa”

Naiyer Masud

Excerpt

Then they would stop some other passerby and subject him to the same questions. During this exercise a couple of people even got beaten up. At first the thought that the third question might well result in my getting roughed up too scared me quite a bit, so I became nerous trying to answer it, but as I drew closer to my home I started to feel a bit testy about the question itself. When I was asked, “What do you do?” for the last time, I answered my heart, “I live off the earnings of my mother.”

We read it in Snake Catcher.

Translated by Muhammad Umar Memon.