This story showcases the disempowerment of middle class women, depicting how control over their powers of decision making with regards to their lives and marriages affects them. It portrays how this impacts their lives in the long run. This narrative is explored through the relationship of three sisters and how they are stuck in the existential whirlpool of life.
Ibn-e-Saeed (Mirza Hasan Askari) was born on 12 December 1924 in Ludhiana. His schooling was received from the Anglo-Arabic School, Darya Ganj, Delhi. He then spent two years at the Anglo-Arabic College before completing his BA from Lucknow University. In 1944, he returned to Delhi and joined the ISPR. As a captain, he was posted to Japan and Singapore during World War II. After demobilization, he joined the daily Dawn Office in Delhi. Following Partition, he moved to Lahore and joined Radio Pakistan News Organization. He spent time in Paris and Delhi as Press Minister and, after retirement, joined Dawn as a journalist and was also on the editorial board. He wrote short stories under the pseudonym Ibn-e-Saeed from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. To his credit are two novellas and approximately thirty-eight short stories, which are so varied in terms of style and content that they make very exciting reading. The ownership of his identity as an early Indian Muslim and then a Pakistani is conveyed strongly and his views on world politics and post colonialism are put forth lucidly.