Born in Lahore and an MBA from LUMS, Haroon Khalid Akhtar was raised amidst books that his father, a distinguished Urdu writer and avid reader, filled the house with. After writing over a hundred articles and short stories for Pakistans top daily Dawn and gathering them in the form of a book called Threadbare, he turned inward to hear the diverse voices that have long been part of him, people he has identified with and people he has known laden with their laughter, tragedies and truths. These diverse threads finally yielded Melody of a Tear after ten long years. His stories seldom have villains as such. He believes in the eternal goodness of humanity and the certainty of transformative upheavals.A successful banker with over twenty years of experience in Risk and Compliance, Haroon is settled in Karachi. This is his debut novel.