Smoke

Print edition : January 04, 2019

Gulzar (the pen name of Sampooran Singh Kalra) is a highly decorated and popular poet, lyricist and film director. Drawn from a collection of fiction and poetry about the unspooling of communal suspicions after Partition, this Urdu story (“Dhuan”, 2004) asks whether individual will has no place before the collective will of the mob.

Rakhshanda Jalil is a Delhi-based writer, translator and literary historian.

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