The oldest of three youngsters, Shah was conceived in Karachi to a Sindhi family. She got a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and a MEd in Educational Technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA.
Shah is an individual of the University of Iowa, as an alum of the International Writing Program (2011). She is likewise a Fellow of the Hong Kong Baptist University as an alum of its International Writers Workshop.
Shah is the creator of four books and two assortments of short stories. She has been distributed in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese, German and Vietnamese. Her tale Slum Child was distributed in 2008, while a verifiable fiction novel about Sindh, A Season For Martyrs was distributed in 2014 by Delphinium Books. Her fiction and genuine has showed up in Granta, The Independent, Wasafiri, Critical Muslim, InterlitQ, the Istanbul Review, Asian Cha, and the assortment And the World Changed.
Shah has been a contributing feeling essayist for the International New York Times and a commentary feature writer for Dawn, a paper in Pakistan distributed in Karachi. Right now she likewise composes a segment for the Books and Authors segment of the Dawn. She has composed for Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, and the Independent.
Shah expounds broadly on Pakistani culture and society, ladies’ privileges, young ladies’ schooling, and issues relating to innovation, instruction, and opportunity of articulation. Her segments and her blog The Feministani has set up Shah as one of Pakistan’s first women’s activists and social commentators. She has been an incessant visitor on the BBC, PRI’s The World and NPR.
Shah is a double cross victor of Pakistan’s Agahi Awards for greatness in journalism. Her short story “The Living Museum”, won the Dr. Neila C. Sesachari prize from Weber University’s abstract diary, Weber – The Contemporary West. Shah gave the honor cash to the Karam Foundation in help of Syrian refugees.
Shah was picked by OK! Pakistan as Best Writer of 2014. In 2017 she was chosen as a Ponds Miracle Woman.
Shah’s first book, a volume of short stories called Animal Medicine, was distributed in 2000. Her first novel, Where They Dream in Blue, was distributed by Alhamra in 2001. A subsequent novel, The 786 Cybercafé, was distributed by Alhamra in 2004. In 2005, “The Optimist”, a short story by Bina, was distributed in a compilation called And the World Changed (Women Unlimited/OUP); an exposition called “A Love Affair with Lahore” was distributed in a collection altered by Bapsi Sidhwa called City of Sin and Splendor – Writings on Lahore (Penguin India – Pakistani title Beloved City – — OUP). In 2007 Alhamra distributed her second assortment of short stories, Blessings.
Shah’s third novel Slum Child was distributed in India by Tranquebar, an engraving of Westland-Tata, in 2010. An Italian-language adaptation was distributed in 2009 under the title La Bambina Che Non Poteva Sognare by Newton Compton Editori in Italy, where it arrived at number 3 on the soft cover hit list, and sold in excess of 20,000 duplicates. It was distributed in Spanish by Grijalbo, an engraving of Random House Mondadori, in June 2011.
Shah’s fourth novel, A Season For Martyrs, was distributed by Delphinium Books (November 2014) to basic approval. It was additionally distributed in Italy by Newton Compton as Il Bambino Che Credeva Nella Liberta in 2010. For this novel, Shah was granted the Premio Internazionale in the Un Mondi di Bambini classification of the Almalfi Coast Literary Festival in 2010 for deciphered fiction.
Shah’s fifth novel Before She Sleeps, a women’s activist tragic novel, was distributed by Delphinium Books in 2018. A concentrate from the novel was highlighted in the Dawn’s uncommon 70th commemoration Pakistan version “Seventy+Seventy”. The tale was commended by Margaret Atwood on Twitter as “a captivating new point on ‘passionate work’.” The LA Times called it “charged and thrilling.” Before She Sleeps was perceived as a component of another group of women’s activist oppressed world spearheaded by Booker Prize winning writer Atwood and pertinent to the worldwide battle for ladies’ privileges and strengthening around the world, just as a significant piece of the #MeToo movement. Shah’s tale was likewise viewed as essential since it stood apart from most Western-driven women’s activist oppressed worlds, portraying an advanced society in the Middle East where ladies are constrained into polygamous relationships by a tyrant government in a general public assaulted by war and disease.
In 2019 Shah contributed an article, “The Life and Death of Pakistan’s Sabeen Mahmud”, about the death of Pakistan’s cherished common liberties lobbyist Sabeen Mahmud, to the compilation Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now distributed by Myriad and altered by Susheila Nasta. The collection of fifteen uniquely appointed articles looking at the estimation of basic reasoning and the intensity of the composed word was distributed to celebrate 35 years of Wasafiri, a UK magazine of worldwide writing. Different supporters of the treasury included Booker Prize victor Bernardine Evaristo, Githa Hariharan, Eva Hoffman, Romesh Gunesekera, James Kelman, Tabish Khair, Kei Miller, Blake Morrison, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Hsiao-Hung Pai, and Marina Warner.