Singapore, Oct 11 (PTI) A cross-border novel on preserving culture, tradition and identity among the South- Asian diaspora has been launched here.Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Death Toll Rises to 31 in Landslide, House-collapse Incidents; NDRF Ends Search & Rescue Ops

‘Invisible Ties’, penned by Nadiya AR, was jointly launched yesterday at the city-state by Indian High Commissioner Jawed Ashraf and Pakistani High Commisioner Nasrullah Khan. Also Read - Bizarre! 2 Pet Dogs Get ‘Death Sentence’ in Pakistan For Attacking Lawyer, Video Emerges | Watch

It is a story of a Karachi girl from a rich family, Noor Kamal, who reluctantly agrees to marry a Singapore investment banker of Pakistani-origin, but faces a problem from a cultural perspective, said Nadya, whose first novel is ‘Kolachi Dreams’. Also Read - Coronavirus in India News And Updates: Take Action Against Those Engaging in Black Marketing of Oxygen and Medicines, HC tells Delhi Govt

The girl is trapped in a loveless marriage with Meekaal Kalim, but finds succor in studying psychotherapy, Nadiya added.

The book, which is the 45-year-old psychotherapist’s second novel, has been commended by leading Indian personalities, including Mahesh Bhatt, Shobhaa De and Pakistani poet and columnist Salman Tarik Kureshi.

“The divisions of South Asia are blurred as the diaspora meets overseas. Bombay and Karachi are reunited on foreign shores,” said Iftekhar A Chowdhury, research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and former foreign minister of Bangladesh, during a panel discussion on South- Asian cultures at the book launch.

The book also includes Mughal history, which is a rich common heritage of India and Pakistan, as well as history of Malacca — a Malaysian city, which is the location of one of the earliest Malay sultanates — and Singapore, where most of the South-Asian migrants arrived.

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