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Moin Ashraf

Syed Moin Ashraf was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1926. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Lucknow, India, then obtained an M.A. in political science at the University of Ottawa. He holds a D.Litt. from an American University. Ashraf was a career civil servant with the Canadian government in Ottawa, Ontario. Most of the stories in his collection Come Brother, Lie Down! were first published in Urdu in 1992. Ashraf died in July 2003.

Fiction (Short stories)

Come Brother, Lie Down!: Multicultural Short Stories

Karachi, Pakistan.: Oxford University Press, 1999.
PS8551 .S4 C66 1999

Publisher’s Synopsis

This collection of short stories focuses on the theme of misunderstandings arising from cultural differences, by narrating the experiences of a fictional character, Jafri – a South Asian expatriate in Canada. The turmoil that Jafri causes and goes through are described in situations that are complex yet hilarious.

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Moin Ashraf.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 227.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


For an obituary see Dawn, a Pakistani English language newspaper, July 30, 2003.