Your Voice, My Strength and Other Stories by Raashida Khan

(From My Latest Reading List in June 2020)

About the book

Every tale in this delightful collection of short stories and flash fiction is a wonder … sometimes compelling … sometimes hopeful … sometimes intriguing … sometimes playful … sometimes whimsical … sometimes painful … but always thought-provoking and insightful. The stories are as much for entertainment as they are a commentary on themes and issues relevant to South African society.

Raashida Khan has gifted her readers with a peek into her writing mind and creative soul. She gives a depth of reality to her characters as we are drawn into their worlds. The plots are masterfully woven in settings that are instantly recognisable. The only thing you will regret is reaching the end of the book. But be assured … the book will remain with you for a long time after you have put it down.”Raashida Khan’s collection of short stories is interesting and thought-provoking. It upholds the entertainment value of stories, but she does not abdicate her role as a social commentator. Artists are, by and large, shaped by the environment in which they exist – either inspired by it or in reaction to it.

Khan’s writing shows that, while South Africa may have the most liberal constitution on earth, we are far from being a normal society. We are still confronted with such issues as religious intolerance, sexism, racism, and many other societal challenges. Please, do yourself a favour and reach out for this smorgasbord of stories, exquisite and most welcome addition to the body of South African fiction.”- Fred Khumalo, Author 

My thoughts

A Muslim reader, I think will thoroughly enjoy reading these short stories because they have quite a few about Muslim women, children, and men. It was interesting seeing the culture from the point of view of a Muslim woman.

The fact that Raashida covered quite a few subjects that are difficult for anyone to face, especially, it seems; Muslims, and still made it interesting, deserves a hand.

I also take my hat off to Raashida for writing about a child of a different race and culture to her own and I feel like she nailed it.

Some of the stories I wanted more than was given and think that a longer book could be written using them.

I also think the cover is beautiful and colourful.

All in all, it was a good read. Well done to Raashida for a brilliant short story collection.

I gave this book a 4/5 star rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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