SECOND LIFE

In fiction, he wrote about being queer in a fractured Pakistan. Now Ali Sethi is turning to pop music to help finish that story.

By Emily Lordi Photograph by Philip Cheung
PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS


“I HOPE YOU fall in love, I hope it breaks your heart” is the refrain (in English translation) of “Pasoori,” Ali Sethi’s 2022 global hit. Is this a curse or a blessing? The song, performed as a duet with the Pakistani singer Shae Gill, defies such...

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