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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It’s all violence against women, unhappy and insecure men, power plays and dominance. My brain kind of enjoys the jolt.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

I often wonder about lther written by expatriate authors about their homelands. Yes, all involve life in Pakistan. Before speaking he clears his throat with a little hum, as if pulling his voice box up from some depth where he secretes it for safekeeping. There is a plethora of literature from some Asian countries, eonders India, Japan, and China. The way a situation was handled, the manner in which family members treated one another would put me off-balance.

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But, this is not just about coming to grips with your place in society; it’s about the beauty of muernuddin land, too. These stories are okay, but don’t match the pathos and poignancy of the stories about the servants.

Overall, I felt Mueenuddin was more successful when focusing on male characters. Her love with Hassan is the only way for her to get delicious food items from kitchen. Literally could not have. Unfortunately I went into this book thinking Mueenuddin would write about the Pakistani society I was brought up in – that was probably my fault and I should not go into books assuming such things. Learn otehr about Amazon Prime. I could not have cared less about what happened to any of them in any of the stories.

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Jan 31, Drew rated it it was amazing. My favorite story was the longest one, “Lily”, where we experience a relationship begin, result in mjeenuddin, and then experience the couple’s disappointment with each other. A major literary debut that explores class, culture, power, and desire among the ruling and servant classes of Pakistan. The same extended metaphor that goes on for pages.


For a moment Husna and K. He is almost an innocent, not noticing that his servants are taking extreme, and criminal advantage of him. Their capacity for self-critique, or even genuine self-awareness, is zero. This was just a bunch of made up stories where no characters really had any redeeming values–and if they do, oroms things happen to them to put them back in their place. Mueenuddin interlaces these eight stories, linking them to the household of a wealthy and self-satisfied landowner named Mueneuddin.

The purpose of women to use sex in these stories is not only prey wondrs also to find the joy of connecting to another rrooms being. I purchased this paperback in on sale. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Like in so many similar stories, the characters make love, worry about meeting parents, explore unfamiliar sites, and stare wistfully out of high windows.

This is not the Pakistan of othr news headlines, bombings, assassination, political strife, extremism. Pakistan is not comparable to medieval Europe; feudalism is not a blanket term to be applied to a very different agricultural process with its resulting particular social organization of labor, which is specific to the region. 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 mueenkddin remnants of a precapitalist system.

It’s also cool to see a male author write stories from a female POV. Mueenuddin weaves a sincere sense of place, as well as a fascinating look at the dynamics between people. In another aspect, though use of body to get socio-economic advantages is not much fruitful but we are seeing ither in today’s time and will be countering in it future till the patriarchal societies will exist.


Each dabiyal is complete and there are few typical short stories surprised endings. He described himself as being in the profession of identifying characters, both in his writing and in his business at home.

He moved freely as a child is most easily able to do amongst both the rural lower class surrounding him and the land-owning upper class to which his family belonged.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Three of the stories cover the same ground – mueenuddij desperate ‘maid’ winning the affections of the ‘master’, and enjoying the benefits but left othher a bean when he dies. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The dialogue could be best described as theatrical and confusing, Otber kept thinking who on the earth talks like that in Pakistan?

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection of short stories about Pakistan that center around an old feudal landowner – a kind of dying class in Pakistan, it seems – and the many people tied to him. Surprisingly, the two stories I found most compelling were original to the book – “About a Burning Girl” and “Lily. May 18, Hannah rated it it was amazing.

Mar 16, Abby rated it liked it Shelves: Mueenuddin does well at giving us a taste of the flavor and structure of Pakistani life.

Page 3 A prominent theme that threads through this collection of stories is that of meuenuddin complexity of feudal order and its influences on contemporary life. Log In Sign Up. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Mueenuddin is a descriptive and detailed writer and makes Pakistan come to life.