A Deconstructed Heart – Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed
Mirza is a middle-aged Indian college professor whose wife has left him. He moves out of his house into a tent in his back garden, where he sets up an outdoor classroom and serves tea to his kind but bewildered neighbors. He is visited by the irritable spirit of his long-dead teacher, Khan Sahib, who is befuddled by the dysfunctions of modern life.
In the north of England, Mirza’s niece, Amal, is finishing up her last year of college before she is expected to join her parents in their new home in India. Asked by her father to talk her uncle back to his senses, she moves into Mirza’s house, and they soon are connected by their shared loneliness.
She meets Rehan, Mirza’s student, and is intrigued by the path of certainty he has built over his own loss and loneliness – a certainty that is threatened by his growing feelings for her. When Rehan disappears, Amal’s suffering forces Mirza to face the world once more.
Together, Mirza and Amal must come to a new understanding of what it means to be an immigrant family when the old traditions have unraveled.