The Return 20 Reviews

By: Zuhaib Shaikh

Price: Rs. 600 (including shipping)


Bound by an insufferable childhood, the siblings reunite on the cusp of a haunting choice. While pain and tears have softened her, they have turned him raw and cold. As they unfurl the dots and connect them with their searing past, catastrophe lurks in the fields of darkness where the harvest is always tantamount to what was sown.

“How is it that one river of spilled blood is so insignificant while the other is so revered, so holy? What makes the shed blood innocent, who decides on the holiness, those who mourn or those who pull the trigger?”

On the other side of town, a school bell goes off....

ISBN (Digital) 978-969-696-059-1
Total Pages 35
Language English
Estimated Reading Time 30 mins
Genre Tragedy
Published By Daastan
Published On 15 May 2017
Zuhaib Shaikh

Zuhaib Shaikh

Zuhaib Shaikh takes refuge in words and, upon emerging to the surface, tells stories through micropoetry, haiku, short stories, theater, stand-up comedy, screenwriting and a novel which has been in progress for a number of years now. When he is not writing, he is a teacher and a coach, a dreamer and a pariah. Connect with him at:


Ahmed Moin


Aug 23, 2017

The initial impressions left me uninterested in a tale of domestic violence with prose that did little to assuage my interest. As i pushed on, forcing myself to read on, a dramatic evolution found its way into the write up and I was able to enjoy the remainder of the story to the fullest.

A creative short story that had no other place in this competition other than the first. Room for improvement? Always.

Ayesha Azam


Aug 19, 2017

The ending of story is quite good..listening to ones inner conscience,the real essence had always proved to be a good decision.

Farrukh Aqil


Aug 18, 2017

The story is verbose and had forced detailing at some points. The overall idea, however, is amazing and I loved the ending and how it was written.

Saira Agha


Jul 29, 2017

Excellent book cause of its one positive part,it is giving a hope..written in a very captivating way..well done

Sana Usman


Jun 13, 2017

Everyone should be reading this.

Samina Fazal


May 09, 2017

It was a well-crafted tale depicting realities of present times. As the story unfolds along the pages, a threatening yet clearly anticipated doom begins to linger in the mind of a reader. It's individualistic and realistic in its potential.

Fariha Uhs


Apr 27, 2017

the story gives me goosebumps ,it's well written and writer know his characters well. you should write more it's really hard to write on harsh topics and you play your cards well .

Zahra Akbar


Apr 24, 2017

Quite dramatic and heart-wrenching write up. Enjoyed the way the tension was built up, leading to the conclusion.

Mar 31, 2017

A good read

Feb 22, 2017

Excellent read

Feb 19, 2017

exelent.just amazing

Waqas Awan


Feb 17, 2017

Check up

Feb 06, 2017

woah! The ending was climactic! (y)

Sami Ghazal


Jan 16, 2017

An excellent game of words, The Return had me gripped till its shock-filled end—indeed a relatable and thought-provoking read.

Jan 16, 2017


Jan 14, 2017

Aruha Arif


Jan 12, 2017

A wonderful read. Looking forward to read more of your work.

Rimsha Qazi


Jan 11, 2017

if this is not the story of the year, I don't know what is! <3 <3 Much respect.

Fatema B


Jan 10, 2017

Loved it! Had me hooked right to the end.

Jan 10, 2017


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