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I am the story of the perennial lovers, Ranjha and Heer.

I am the story of Waris Shah, of Bulleh Shah’s dhammal, the rise of the Sikh misl and the fall of the Mughal Empire.

I am a story told in two parts, in two different narrative styles.

On the one hand, I am the story of a young Waris, displaced from his home and his journey to Kasur, Pakpattan and Malka Hans, where he finally composed this most iconic love legend of Punjab.

On the other hand, I am the story of Heer and Ranjha, being written by Waris Shah.

Throughout the novel, I flow between these two narratives, these two worlds—of eighteenth-century Punjab and a timeless Punjab.

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Majha House hosts session with Pak author on his latest book. The Tribune. May 19, 2024.

New novel by Haroon Khalid imagines the life of Waris Shah. OMNI News Punjabi. May 16, 2024.

GNDU Literary Club hosted discussion with Haroon Khalid. Punjab News Express. April 15, 2024.

‘Heer-Ranjha’ not just about forbidden love but also gender violence, says Pakiatan-based author. The Tribune. April 15, 2024.

Again to the legend of all legends: Waris Shah to Heer and her Ranjha. Hindustan Times. April 7, 2024.

Pre-colonial religious sensibilities didn’t differentiate much between Hindu, Muslim traditions. Life and More. March 22, 2024.

Book Excerpt: The Immortal Legend of Waris’s Heer. The March 9, 2024.

Book Excerpt: A new novel imagines the life of Waris Shah, the creator of the evergreen lovers Heer and Ranjha. March 12, 2024.

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