A Pakistani Author, Nadya A.R.’s book ‘Invisible Ties’ was launched last week at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi.
The topic of discussion was ‘The South Asian Identity: Does it travel with us?’ The event was moderated by Salman Tarik Kureishi and the panel consisted of Javed Jabbar, Noor-jehan Bilgrami and Omar Shahid Hamid.
The launch was very well-attended by leading academics, dignitaries and people from all walks of life. The book ‘Invisible Ties’ has been launched previously in Singapore with the National University of Singapore and also at the Lahore Literary Festival.
‘Invisible Ties’ is a fiction novel revolving around a Karachi-Girl Noor Kamal and is a saga of love, displacement and loss. As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal finds refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from her mother Daisy who is a well-known social butterfly.
One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process. Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties?
A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.
‘Invisible Ties’ is highly commended by likes of Mahesh Bhatt, Shobhaa De and Salman Tariq Kureshi.
About the author of ‘Invisible Ties’, Nadya A.R. began writing in her early twenties. She is a psycho-therapist and regularly contributes articles related to psycho-therapy and conducts workshops, seminars and talks, in Pakistan and Singapore. This is her second novel.