In her second short story collection, Waiting, Nighat Gandhi explores many of the same preoccupations that have dominated both her fiction and non-fiction thus far but with even more minute and interior details. [...] In this latest collection too, Gandhi’s women are trying to comprehend and address subjects and themes that are either taboo or fetishised. However, their voices are still repressed – questioning, rebelling, or negotiating inside their heads – as they themselves remain trapped in their worlds, waiting passively for something to change.
Having written and published 20+ short stories since 2016, I can say, with absolute conviction, that there is no single, universal process to how a short story comes together. [...] So, while I've not developed any single blueprint for writing short stories, what I have found is a somewhat consistent pattern in the phases I go through. Here they are (and some of this is, I confess, with tongue firmly in cheek):
If you're wondering how the future could get worse because of the current US administration, the 25 speculative works in this new anthology provide some plausible scenarios.