Born in Pakistan, raised in England, Asma recently abandoned Medical Research to study English Literature, and currently works with rare books and archives.
One of her short pieces, drawing inspiration from the ‘Women Power Protest’ exhibition, was selected to be performed at the 'Tell Me A Story’ event at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Women's International Day Celebration.
Asma and her cat, Poppy, live in a book-filled house in Birmingham.
Follow Asma on Twitter @iAsmaIftikhar
The Decision by Asma Iftikhar
The Decision is a short story to be published in our pamphlet range.
The story addresses themes of alienation, loneliness and poverty and is about a young woman who goes shopping for milk but her mundane trip results in a moral dilemma.
...And then came the moment when she finally reached up to a shelf and picked up a bottle of milk – a pint of blue top milk.
She placed it gently in her basket, relieved that, finally, her basket had something in it. And then the dilemma kicked in.
When she came to the toiletries section of the bargain store, she looked at the bottle of milk in her basket, then her gaze returned to the cheapest brand of sanitary towels on the shelf. Panic set in. She froze. She had no idea what she should buy.