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Published Date: Mar 4, 2012


Ayesha Salman has made an impressive debut in the world of fiction through ‘Blue Dust’ that is the story of those who suffer in silence for the reasons more than one.
Perturbed by various kinds of discrimination prevailing in any society in the name of religion, class, caste or any other factor, Ayesha tried to incorporate these discriminatory and irrational behaviours of people in her new venture. “All these discriminatory behaviours used to disturb me since my childhood and I often used to question the injustices prevailing in the society,” she said while talking to this scribe during the inaugural ceremony of her novel.
Briefing about the book, she said that it revolves around the three generations of a Pakistani society where three women are suffering due to three different reasons i.e. mixed religious background, sexual abuse and difficult marriage. “All three main characters of my novel are survivors at the end,” she revealed.
She said that ‘Blue Dust’ was the result of her personal experience and the aim behind the novel was to explore and write about the issues that people prefer not to talk about. “It is also about the public and private domains of people and how they connect with each other,” she added.
She said that she like reading number Pakistani writers including Mohsin Hamid, HM Naqvi, Shahryar Fazli, Vikrim Sethi and Mohammad Hanif. “I hope people would enjoy reading my book and would talk about those who are suffering in silence,” she said.
Ayesha said that she has started working on her next novel that is about the bombing in Islamabad and this bombing has been connected to the internal affairs of a family. She, on the occasion, read out extracts from her novel and received a huge round of applause from the audience.
Writer Harris Khalique, on the occasion, highlighted the changing trends in literature in the country. He said that people have started using English to enrich the writing but the one who has grown up with the writers like Faiz, Minto, Munir Nayazi Ibne-Insha realises the fact that it is not the language that readers cherish but the quality of writing.
He said that ‘Blue Dust’ incorporates the flashes of highly imaginative work and deep passion to understand the complexities of real life. “Her experience of poverty does not come of Indian Cinema or from any other source, but from her personal life. She is attached with these issues instead of being around them,” he said.
Iffat Idrees, on the occasion, shared her yearlong association with Ayesha Salman and said that she had found her the real survivor. “The life of Ayesha is far more dramatic than the novel itself as it has experienced the pain and loss. Her own story is about strength and survival,” she said.
She said that Ayesha is passionate about love, life, family, beliefs, freedom and tolerance and always speaks her mind. “The journey of ‘Blue Dust’ from conception to birth was long and arduous and is testimony for her passion of writing,” she added.