My dear friend and collaborator Annie Ali Khan's book has been published by @simonandschuster @simonandschusterin
. Part of grieving for her was being a part of this project as the illustrator. I illustrated the cover and the inside map, getting to know my friend better through her Pakistan adventures as I sat on my desk in Canada. This seminal work titled "Sita under the Crescent Moon", has author Annie Ali Khan travelling with women devotees—those without resources, subject to intense violence—who, through the bravest and simplest act, that of a pilgrimage, retrace what they remember of the goddess.
In present-day Pakistan, in the far corners of Lyari in Karachi, or Hingol in Balochistan, or Thatta in Sindh, tightly knit groups of women keep alive the folklore, songs and legends of Sati—their name for Sita in the Ramayana. The way they sustain the attendant rituals and practices in a nation state with a fixed idea of what constitutes citizenship and who gets to be a primary citizen is at the heart of this book.
Annie and Madiha Aijaz we all miss you immensely. @master_mm @bilalt @kartidharti @samanghanikhan
Now available for sale in all online and offline bookstores!
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