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‘The book is a satirical account of a frustrated 17-year old girl Sarah, who lives in a middle class urban family. Sarah has goals and dreams, but is constantly reminded of the ground realities of her environment. The book directly connects Sarah and the readers, as Sarah confides in them directly about her daily struggles, explaining the subtext of the situation.’ Author Ayesha Tariq deconstructs her book taking you through Sarah, the obedient daughter of Pakistan’s various emotions.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? When did your romance with the arts begin?
I graduated from The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2011. I am currently the Creative Head at The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and the Managerial Director and Improviser of The Platoon. I am a restless being and like to tell stories and observe people. I always feel like I need to do more, so I keep myself involved in various projects and workshops, be it illustration, publication, painting, writing or dancing, whatever can help me express a narrative.
I was always interested in art as far as I can remember be it drawing over advertisements in newspapers or making random portraits. I used to make cards and drawings as presents. And I kept participating in art competitions while growing up. It was during my Intermediate [A-level equivalent] that I decided to pursue an education in this field.

What inspired Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter?
The book was originally my thesis. I had proposed a few ideas to my advisors and this being the third one that I scribbled down because I had gotten scolded by my parents and didn’t think much of it. At that time, I had almost zero belief in my own ideas. I used to browse online and look at various works and always wanted to be as good, hence thinking that my ideas and skill are not good enough. I’m lucky that my advisors urged me to think more about the theme. So, I reflected over my own experiences, talked to different girls and conducted some surveys in order to draw a more relatable picture.

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