The short story “The Escape” by Qaisra Shahraz features an old Pakistani man, Samir, whose wife has died recently. At the mosque, he prays for his wife’s soul and for his escape. Outside the mosque, he meets an old friend, who invites him to his house, but Samir refuses.

His son, Maqbool, picks him up and takes him home, then returns in an hour to take him to his house for dinner. During dinner, Samir tells the family that he wants to return home to Pakistan, because he wants a change of scenery. He plans to stay there for a few months. His family is surprised but do not try to change his mind. Samir realizes he thinks of Pakistan as his home, even though he has spent 40 years of his life in Manchester. 

Three days later, Samir flies to Pakistan. H...

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