Article: Reading Kamila Shamsie

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August 2022
Reading Kamila Shamsie

'I am not a global citizen. I am a Karachi girl who lives in London.' - Kamila Shamsie

The self that remains rooted at the place of origin is a different one from the identity that the world creates. Home becomes a place one constantly returns to and the division of the self that occurs when one remains away from home magnifies on encountering one's old self. Concepts regarding the definition of the self and one's identity change with time but more importantly are dependent on the location and the surroundings. Kamila Shamsie through her writings has tried to discover Pakistan.

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