Ghulam Mohammad Khan presents a short story in which a shepherd goes through his daily routine of taking his sheep to “a dozen deep and wide verdant folds of a mountain” for the habitual grazing. However, a series of untimely events disrupts the protagonist’s peace in a secluded pastoral world and plunges him into the depth of uncertainty, paranoia, and fear. The setting of the story is elusive and unspecified, adding greater emphasis to the tense and escalating action narrated in the first person. Due to explicit use of language in certain parts,
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