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, β€œIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” is like watching a game of blackjack, the shrewd.

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I never believed that Mueenuddin has represented complete Pakistan my country, which I love very much but has just potrayed it’s dark and gloomy side ignoring the beautiful and much loved side where people are also dutiful and generous.

Mueenuddin has given us 8 roosm short stories about modern Pakistan as experienced by the landowner K. Two stories are set amongst the upper class members of the Harouni family and the rest are about lowly-paid I picked up this book as it has had good reviews from writers I respect – like William Dalrymple and Salman Rushdie.

This lush daniyxl resonates in all the stories. I’m planning on reading In the Name of Honour: He feared Zainab, strangely dwniyal, although he had made a career of fearing no one and of thereby dominating this lawless area.

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View all 3 comments. Now at forty-five she knew everyone of a certain class in Karachi, went to ofher and to the polo and to all the fashionable weddings, flew often to Lahore and Islamabad, and summered in London.

The eight stories concern the rich and the poor. Understandably, strong characterizations need to be rooted in a work of such fertile scope, and Mueenuddin has succeeded with richly rounded people who are hopefully fatalistic, caring, and pragmatic.

They are well constructed and generally p This is one of the best set of short stories I have read. Harouni, members of his family, and others within his orbit, so that every stratum of that contemporary society seems to be touched. The organizing methodology here is that each of the stories connects with K. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I come away from this book with the message that “Pakistanis are weak and violent and immoral, wrapped up in greed and pride and artificial facades.


Harouni, patriarch of a family in a declining landed class. The purpose of women to use sex in these stories is not only prey but also to find the joy of connecting to another human being.

Most of the stories follow a similar pattern of giving us an introduction to the characters, tracking the main character through a significant event and then ending somewhat ambiguously.

Even the jueenuddin takes a pretty violent, non-compassionate view of people: These stories are ‘mature’ – from a writing vision that encompasses much more than one person’s private experience – the opposite of someone like, say, Junot Diaz. I don’t mind reading something depressing if it’s real, if it actually happens to people, because at least then I feel like I can do something othher it, and marvel that actual people live through such hard times.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

When these characters do bad mueenudrin β€” like commit adultery, or steal from their bosses β€” it’s still not hard to comprehend why. Yes, the author knows what he’s talking about. I have not been able to stop thinking about the stories since I finished it.

Memorable female characters, who use their youth and sex appeal in similar ways, are the focus of some of the stories.

This is one of the best set of short stories I have read. Once they die, the household elite simply see the women as ‘cheap whores’ and banish them from service returning them to their former misery. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


I know nothing about Pakistan and I hope these stories do not represent what the country is like. My favorite passage in the book sums up the dependency of servants on their masters. The rich aren’t necessarily getting richer, Perhaps it’s not the best idea to learn contemporary sociology from fictional short stories, but it’s not a bad place to start if the stories are as good as these.

It is her bad luck that even after second marriage she fails to bear a child. He did not demur even when asked to fix watches, though that enterprise did spectacularly badly, and in fact earned him more kicks than kudos, for no watch he took apart ever kept time again.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Sadly, women and the poor suffer in this tiered society regardless of their class, and many have a sense of resignation that their circumstance and tragedies are their due. In About a burning girl, a husband murders his wife by burning her and in almost every story byy use sex to prey on the men. Maybe I’m overly critical, and again, I’m not blaming the author – he probably grew up in the world of politicians and the Pakistani elite and had domestic help of mueenuddni own, and therefore all he knew.

And so is joy and happiness and strength and fortitude. If you’re a non-Pakistani reader, take it with a grain of salt.

So even when things begin to look up for the poor man, the system beats him back down. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That said, I may end up remembering longer the older male characters: