Malla says the relationships have with those around them are often based on “false narratives”. Pasha Malla believes that need new templates. Decency requires than “being caring people of our [own] relationships,” he says. “That’s enough.” Questions on masculine identity figure in his recently released sophomore novel, Fugue States . Influenced by Don Quixote and television sitcoms, it upends archetypes while tracking 30-something Ash Dhar, a Toronto turned radio host, and Matt, his best friend, who reinserts himself in Ash’s following the death of Ash’s father. An acclaimed writer of fiction, criticism, and verse, Malla, 39, wanted to look at “accepted scripts that exist—socially, culturally—in terms of not just masculinity, but racial and cultural identity for writers and artists, for relationships between men and women, for family relationships, for caregiving relationships. “The book,” he says to the Straight from Ontario’s cottage country, “is really set around this that these kinds of expectations and scripts that exist are based in false narratives, or at least very reductive narratives.” Ash’s of an unfinished manuscript in his father’s Quebec residence, a tale possibly set in Kashmir, the elder Dhar’s homeland, inadvertently […]