Asif M Sardar was born in the Punjab in Pakistan, emigrated to England as a small child and grew up in the Midlands in Birmingham. He originally worked as a Medical Research Scientist before cross-training to work as an IT Consultant, initially with the British Ministry of Defence and then with a variety of IT companies; Fujitsu & Capita.
He enjoys reading a wide range of contemporary literature, is a keen student of cinema and his favourite directors are Howard Hawks, David Lean and Stanley Kubrick and his favourite actor is Clint Eastwood. Asif enjoys a range of music, both Western & Asian, especially Mohammed Rafi, Mansoor Malangi, Mehdi Hassan, Meatloaf and Paul Simon. An avid football fan, he has supported and followed Leeds United Football Club all his life.
His comic heroes are the Marx brothers, especially Groucho, the late Irish comic writer & performer Spike Milligan, and the British comedy group Monty Python. In addition he is also an avid comic book reader and collector with a deep and trivial knowledge of the Marvel universe; he has referenced these influences and interests in his writings.
His first book "Colin Thorson Teenage Superhero" was published in April 2012 and he has continued to write books in a variety of genres, usually with a humorous flavour.
A Christmas in Calcutta
Historical Crime Fiction
A re-imagining of the Great Detective and his partner as Charlotte Holmes, a traumatized woman, and her companion Dr Watan, an Indian doctor, as they investigate nefarious activities.
Devious plots are hatched, ancient rituals revived and evil machinations unleashed to secure the prized Ruby Throne; but will our heroes survive to reach Calcutta to unveil the conspiracy?
The Viceroy's Christmas ball becomes the focus of the conspiracy as all the principle actors converge for a final showdown that will decide the fate of the British Raj.
A Passover in Peshawar
Historical Crime Fiction
Charlotte Holmes, a brilliant polymath, and her companion Dr Watan, an Indian doctor, continue their adventures as they attempt to foil a Jihad to drive the British out of India.
Dr Watan accepts a proposal of marriage from a lonely widow, with a grossly deformed child; much to the annoyance of Charlotte.
She must also negotiate with the as they threaten to charge her husband with treason and confiscate his estates.
Charlotte is charged by Viceroy's office with thwarting a rebellion in the Northern Territories, else her husband would be charged with treason and his estates confiscated.
Charlotte & Watan find the Russians are in league with the Warlord and plan to invade British India from the North.
An epic, perilous journey to the Khyber Pass to thwart foreign agents, foil a blood-thirsty Warlord and determine the provenance of a miracle child, prophesied to herald the End of the World.
Sin & the Single Hijabi
Contemporary Muslim Social-satire
The trial and tribulations of a group of pious Hijab-wearing students as they navigate the social norms of University life whilst trying to be good Muslims.
Noorie, aka Dr No, the headstrong medical student notorious for rejecting marriage proposals, juggles demanding studies with potential boyfriends and a far too pretty younger sister on the brink of becoming engaged.
Her friends, the loud-mouthed aggressive Shazia, the designer-obsessed Furhat, the meek and giggly Rahat, and the strident Shagufta, try their best to help but things just keep getting worse. A chick-lit with a difference; not an expose but more of a cover-up.
"You're one boyfriend away from an honour killing!"
A Murder in Multan
An ex-pat forensics scientist, Dr Shujaat Khan, visits Pakistan after many years to attend a family wedding and becomes unwittingly embroiled in an honour killing. Complications arise when he pursues the enticing Henna and a clandestine romance develops which is strictly prohibited by a bitter family feud.
He learns the honour killing is a merely pretence, for the murder hides a dark secret which must be maintained at all costs. When Henna becomes implicated in the killing Shujaat's loyalties are torn between his love for her and his fiancee.
He pursues an obsessive quest over decades to unravel a secret which could destroy a community.
A migrant's compelling search for identity in rootless times.
Cowboys & Indians
A cross-culture clash of the most extreme kind when a Texan Construction company is hired by Indian tycoon, Moti Lal, to build the first Western theme-park in Mumbai. Dallas Jones and his American team must co-ordinate multiple antagonistic nationalities in an unfamiliar land to achieve the demanding deadlines.
Someone is trying to kill Moti Lal; family, friends and enemies become increasingly difficult to identify as the project nears completion. Can Dallas Jones avoid the flirtatious Mrs Lalita Lal?
Family members plot and plan to take over the ever-burgeoning Lal empire and dark family secrets start to unravel as personal aspirations collide with greed and betrayal. Destitute slumdog orphans, enticing 'Nauch [Dancing]' Girls, menacing 'Goondas [Gangsters]', mysterious terrorists, opportunistic politicians, belligerent bribe-seeking policemen, and the ever-present dangers of another Indian-Pakistan War add up to an explosive climax.