“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

–Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut an unbeatable optimist of sorts never doubted the essence of his people and their incomparable ability to retain and reform their history. The measurement of success can be assumed by the ability of a nation to respect and learn from their books. As America becomes embroiled in a state of dissension due to the election of their new President and the United Kingdom unable to see the benefits of Brexit votes for its separation from the European Union, we find that the world we live in now consists of literature that pegs us all against one another. Where the normalisation of hatred occurs due to people’s circumstances that do not expose them to literature that could prevent the emergence of a more unifying discourse. Similarly, in Pakistan we need to be able to enjoin a more balanced and unifying mindset that would enable us to see the other side of the picture.