Losing the Plot (Stanley’s Girl)

By Maniza Naqvi Chapter One: The Little Coffee Shop Chapter Two: The Hotel Chapter Three: Dreaming Dulles Chapter Four: Sovereign Debt or Civil War The terminal entered, Pakistan left behind she adjusted for the gained time. Younger by an hour—she smiled, fiddling with her watch. One of the perks of the job: eternal youth and…

Losing the Plot: (Civil War)

Maniza Naqvi Chapter One: The Little Coffee Shop Chapter Two: The Hotel Chapter 3: Dreaming Dulles Stanley knew—Eileen would have him murdered. It was understandable. At another time he would have done the same. And the hours left to save her—someone who was life itself to him–were but a few. Madness—to have made so much…

X-Epsilon

By Maniza Naqvi Just as the frigid February evening air is stirred by the imams calling out the azan from all over the valley on Monday evening —Hiya al salah—hiya al falah— “come towards worship—come towards salvation”— Rahima pulls a cigarette out from her pack of Drinas; sticks it between her lips; lights it; dials…

The DMV

By Maniza Naqvi “You should write an American story.” “'Don’t think I can.” “Of course you can. You just haven’t tried.” “What would I write about?” “I don’t know. You tell me. In fact, go ahead. Try telling me an American story.' '”Now?” “Yeah! Now! What better place then this, sitting here at your favorite…