Daastan’s Bestsellers of 2020

Since 2016 Daastan has aimed to revive the literary trends in Pakistan. We at Daastan not only publish your work but also make sure it reaches a diversified audience. Through our publishing ventures, we have explored horizons of untapped potential among the Pakistani writers. Here’s a rundown of Daastan’s Bestsellers of 2020. These are the stories you loved dearly and made the bestsellers! 

Mera Jism Mera Hai by Ashhad Qureshi 

First on the list is Mera Jism Mera Hai by Ashhad Qureshi. Ashhad is a young Pakistani activist from the University of Chicago who aspires to create meaningful conversations around mental health and other social aspects in the Asian communities.His book Mera Jism Mera Hai is one such attempt that offers a professional guideline to preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of children.The book is the need of today’s time. Seeing it in “Daastan’s bestsellers 2020” feels like an accomplishment because it indicates our society is ready to create conversation around topics as such.You can find the book here. 

Thousands of Desires by Ali Sheikh 

Next on our list is Thousands of Desires, a fine work of contemporary fiction written by Ali Sheikh. Ali acknowledges the grim realities of being a woman and transgender in a society tangled in a nexus of patriarchy. Through his writings, he hopes to be the voice of unheard. His book Thousands of Desires takes the reader on the journey of a lifetime; unraveling a tale of depression, love, murder and deciet. The book is an ode to the struggles of women and transgenders. 

Love Lucknow Aur Lahore by Rawish Ali 

Rawish Ali Tirmizi – an English Literature graduate with a passion for telling stories brought to us her debut novel Love Lucknow Aur Lahore . It is a captivating experience through and through. In a candid conversation with Daastan, Rawish revealed her love for weaving stories. Love Lucknow Aur Lahore is Mahnoor’s tale of love and its paradoxes. Get the book here today to witness her journey as she treads on the path of love! 

Chitthi Sarhad Paar Sy 

Pakistan and India are two nations divided by geographical borders with their fair share of ups and downs. As neighbours, feelings of peace and love among us may have alienated given the political stances. However, the human heart is without such biases. It knows only to converse best in the language of emotions. So what better way than to revive the love and respect between the nations through our good ol’ letter writing tradition. Daastan joined hands with White Falcon Publications from India to start the campaign of Chitthi Sarhad Paar Sy. A series of letters for peace written from people across both borders. We compiled the best of the entries and hence Chitthi Sarhad Paar Sy was born. 

Tears of an Orphan by Alesha Zainah 

Finding story books that are fun and meaningful for children can often be a hectic task. We at Daastan, have a solution for your problem! Tears of an Orphan is a depiction of the harsh reality of being an orphan and the struggles that come with life at orphanages. You can get the book here and be a part of Sarenah’s battle for her basic rights. 

Aesa hua Jeena by Naushaba Irfan

Naushaba Irfan is a new face in the world of Urdu Literature. Yet the fluency and eloquence of her work and personality speaks for her talent. Her book “Aesa hua Jeena” comes from her experiences in life. The book is filled with wisdom that serves a guide in life’s many many instances. 

Autumn’s Curse by Lareb Soomro

There are two things about Autumn’s Curse make it so special . Firstly, Lareb is the youngest author we have here at Daastan and secondly the genre she has written in is FANTASY!! Fantasy writing is something yet new in Pakistan’s literature. So having a fantasy bestseller by a Pakistani author is something huge. The book revolves around a girl named Analia who stands at the crossroads of her life’s decisions. 

Qissa Tamam Shud by Atifa Zia 

It is rightly said that Urdu poetry is something that can so effortlessly strike the strings of one’s and draw out emotions. At Daastan, this year we came across such a soul. Her name is Atifa Zia. Atifa is an active member of society’s literary adventures. She defines her life purpose to prepare youth as future leaders equipped with critical thinking.She also used to host a show called “Ghazal Time” on radio.Qissa Tamam Shud is her poetry collection that is an ode to human emotions.  

Pyaar ka Teesra Shehr by Maira Rajpoot

Maira Anwaar Rajpoot introduces herself as someone who wants to drive out the darkness by the light of her words. What better way to spread light than to do it through the words of love. Pyaar ka Teesra Shehr is a work of romance unique in its way of storytelling. Get the book at MeraQissa to unravel this love story! 

We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Daastan’s Bestsellers of 2020. You can visit our bookstore here!


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Noor Hashmi
Noor Hashmi is a student of literature at Numl University. She is an aspiring poetess. She runs a blog by the name of “Diaries of Huda” sharing her journey through poetry. In her free time, she loves to paint and bake.

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