Zaheera Jina Asvat

About Zaheera Jina Asvat

Zaheera Jina Asvat is regarded as a writer and an academic. She holds a PhD in mathematics education from WITS University, South Africa. She is the editor of three books (Tween Tales, Saffron and Riding the Samoosa Express) and the author of Surprise!Tears of the Weaver is her debut collection of fiction short stories. Zaheera is the founder of Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival (Jozisbbf) – a non-profit organisation that aims to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. Zaheera lives in Johannesburg with her husband, three sons and many in-laws. 


About Tears of the Weaver

In Zaheera Jina Asvat’s collection of ten poignant stories, characters navigate the complex tapestry of emotions beneath everyday lives in post-apartheid South Africa. These narratives challenge societal norms shaped by religion and culture. From a stolen electricity meter to xenophobia’s impact, each tale unveils struggles against oppressive systems, offering vivid, relatable portraits of people in a tumultuous world.