Friday, May 19, 2017

This House Of Clay and Water by Faiqa Mansab

On 24th of May 2017, Penguin Random house India will bring you an intriguing story of forbidden love written by the beautiful and talented Faiqa Mansab. 
This House of Clay and Water 
 The lyrical title is taken from the first line from a verse of Shams Tabrez:

In this house of clay and water,

My heart lies waste without you…

Faiqa feels Shams Tabrez wrote this verse for this very story she had to write hundreds of years later. She confesses she is a little mad about words and the connections they can make over time and space.

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Faiqa Mansab has a Masters and an MPhil in English literature. She did an MFA in creative writing from Kingston university London in 2014 with a distinction. Her award-winning thesis culminated into This House of Clay and Water. 
She lives in Lahore with her family.  She also teaches creative writing as visiting faculty and conducts creative writing workshops for writers. 

Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India (forthcoming 24th May 2017)
Set in Lahore, This House of Clay and Water explores the lives of two women. Nida, intelligent and lonely, has married into an affluent political family and is desperately searching for some meaning in her existence; and impulsive, lovely Sasha, from the ordinary middle-class, whose longing for designer labels and upmarket places is so frantic that she willingly consorts with rich men who can provide them. Nida and Sasha meet at the famous Daata Sahib dargah and connect—their need to understand why their worlds feel so alien and empty, bringing them together.
On her frequent visits to the dargah, Nida meets the gentle, flute-playing hijra Bhanggi, who sits under a bargadh tree and yearns for acceptance and affection, but is invariably shunned. A friendship—fragile, tentative and tender—develops between the two, both exiles within their own lives; but it flies in the face of all convention and cannot be allowed.
Faiqa Mansab’s accomplished and dazzling debut novel explores the themes of love, betrayal, and loss in the complex, changing world of today’s Pakistan.
Want to read it right away? 

You will have to wait till the 24th of May 2017 to read it. 

But, you can preorder it from the below link.


  1. I love Sham's quote and the premise for the story is amazing. Thanks for sharing Faiqa's book:)

    1. Glad you liked it Vishal. Hoping you will read it soon. :)