The Latest: 21.2 | Relations

Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka ‘Annie’); Annalisa Mormile traces the roots of disunity in the EU family; Mohammed Moussa explores family ties in Japanese politics; Saulat Pervez sets out to cultivate reading habits; a short story by Muddasir Ramzan; Safeena Razzaq’s illustrated guide to the ‘Problems of a Brown Girl’; and our List of the Top Ten relationship break-ups.

The morning after the EU referendum vote, I woke up earlier than usual and immediately turned on my TV. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The British people had voted to leave the European Union – a result that I had feared, but never actually expected.

The scene reminded Aimer of the days they too played cricket in their neighbourhood. All the family members would join in, even the elders, and their neighbours, too, would come and take part. Those were golden years.

‘Dear Infidel’, Tamim Sadikali’s first novel, it is quite an achievement. Subtly written and permeated with moments of comedy as well as tragedy, it tackles looming political and social issues including responses to terrorism in the West and the treatment of Muslims in Britain.

Annie was small and spare in her smart sari, with a shock of cropped curls. She was forty-one and single; she’d lived for a decade or so after partition in Karachi, and then in London.

Ibn Khaldun, the illustrious fourteenth century Arab historian on the rise and fall of royal dynasties, provides a pointed observation that echoes from the past into the present and is not restricted to any one place.

Our top ten relationship break-ups of all time – in increasing order of their earth-shattering importance and magnitude on the heartbreak Richter scale.

Growing up as a Muslim girl in Britain, Safeena Razzaq knows exactly what it’s like to be the only brown girl in the village. Through her illustrations, she captures the toe-curling, hilarious, and often infuriating moments from her childhood.

‘Mama, books are boring!’ My daughter announced one day when she was in third grade. Her statement flabbergasted me. How do we empower discouraged readers to become enthusiastic and fluent bibliophiles?