These stories take us into the private worlds of a varied cast of characters. The stories examine conventions and roles, enabling readers to consider the world that religion and culture govern. These stories are earthy, feeling portraits of people of people struggling and surviving in post-apartheid South Africa. Bhajee’s concern is a stolen electricity meter on his property, which cannot be replaced because a fictional person is the registered owner; a victim of xenophobia worries he has been cursed. A woman faces her broken marriage during lockdown, a family fights over an inheritance in the face of religious law, the cat who brings gifts for her depressed owner, a woman cannot conceive and is offered a surrogate option in the form of a second wife.
Dr Zaheera Jina Asvat is a writer and an academic. She is currently a lecturer in Mathematics Education. She has compiled and edited children’s stories and life stories of Muslim Women. She lives in Lenasia, outside Johannesburg with her family.