Hamza Hassan Sheikh has joined the queue of the 21st century English novelists with his debut novel Thirst All Around. It’s the first English novel in the ever history of D.I.Khan. The theme of the novel is based on the life of university students. The feelings of love, hypocrisy, jealousy, affection and flirtations are apparent among his all characters. The novel portrayed the days and nights of students in the university campus. The diplomacy among the students to win the trust of each other also discussed beautifully. They parch for each other on the warm sand of the desert of solitude. The feelings of jealousy to overcome each other to gain the sympathy of their love, the struggle to win the emotions, breaking of bond of friendships and the breaking of hearts is apparent in his novel. He has also well portrayed the greed of human beings for woman among his minor characters which shows the opposite nature of human feelings. They have no concern with true love but only have greed for human bodies. Thirst All Around is covering the thirst of everyone.
Dr. Stephen Gill from Canada wrote in flap of novel: Thirst All Around is the first novel by Hamza Hassan Sheikh, a gifted poet from Pakistan. I have gone through his two collections of poems, titles Some Moments of Love and Museum of Reminiscence, which centre on romance, and passion. Laconically speaking, these poems are about unfulfilled desires. The first novel of Hamza is also about unfulfilled desires. In addition, readers will find hypocrisy, jealousy, flirtation and infidelity here. The novel is about love that is mysterious and above any definition, yet an important aspect of every human. Hamza is a craftsman who knows how to use the tools of fiction to sketch blackmailing and man’s lust for woman. Thirst All Around is a passionate story of a soul that looks for a well of warmth, wandering in the desert of solitude. The novel deserves to be on the shelf of every library in Pakistan.