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Umera Ahmad, one of the present generation’s most popular playwrights, recently released her novel titled ‘Alif.’

Written in Urdu, the book tells the story of a “conscientious filmmaker [named] Momin, who struggles perpetually with his spirituality versus the intricacies of his glamorous world.”

The novel, which is set partially in Turkey and the rest in Pakistan, is rich in Sufism and also has whirling dervishes.

Before she became a household name with her TV show ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ (2012), Ahmad published many best-selling novels including ‘Pir-e-Kamil’ (2004). She hails from Sialkot, and avoids all public appearances.