Holding Her Hand 9 Reviews

By: Fatema Bhaiji

Price: 600 PKR (For Pakistan)

Price: 250 INR (For India)



"Sometimes I wonder how much fear one person can possibly hold inside before they explode or implode. But I guess, either way, you end up splattered."

Secrets rip you apart. It is never a question of if, but when. Maria Sultan bides her time, hoping her love for another woman will not take her entire world down with it. But how long can she hide before she has to confront her truth? How long before she accepts that her feelings are valid? And will anything be left for her when she does?

ISBN (Digital) 978-969-696-044-7
Total Pages 48
Language English
Estimated Reading Time 30 mins
Genre Drama
Published By Daastan
Published On 17 Jan 2018
Fatema Bhaiji

Fatema Bhaiji

Fatema is a writer by passion and a programmer by profession. When she isn't playing with make believe people in her head she is yelling frustratedly at broken code. Her short stories 'Holding Her Hand' and 'Names and Labels' have been published by Daastan and Outcast Magazine respectively. Fatema is also the founder and editor at Outcast Magazine which is a South Asian queer lit magazine.


Ahmed Moin


Apr 24, 2018

The story is pieced together from multiple perspectives which can be a daunting style to emulate. Fatema B seems to know her way around it well. Her voice holds true through out the narrative here. One can relate to how strong the confines of out societal pressures and religious assertions can be.

That being said, as a reader, I felt like there was a missed opportunity. A practical path could be laid out for people that face similar circumstances. Seeking asylum abroad for e.g. among some of the current possible avenues.

Jan 19, 2017

Absolutely loved it!!

Kanza Abbasi


Jan 19, 2017

Nice read!

Jan 17, 2017

An unsuitable write for the Pakistani audience, encouraging teenagers to explore unlawful relationships and emboldening them to take dangerous risks.

Jan 11, 2017

Loved how authentic the story of Sam and Maria felt as it takes a look at the real fear that resides inside the members of the LGBTQI community. Looking forward to reading more from you!

Jan 11, 2017

beautiful. hearts for you.

Jan 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

One of the most beautiful pieces I have ever read about love ?

Aaisha Saeed


Jan 10, 2017

Amazing read! Had me hooked till the last page. Never stop writing, you have a beautiful gift!

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