Books · Classics · Contemporary · Fiction · Thoughts

Goodbye, 2013. Thanks for the books.

At the beginning of 2013, I promised myself I would read 30 books. Come December, I didn’t really make it – 4 books short of the gold – but I did manage to read 26 stories, and I thought I would share them with you. It’s not uncommon to see our social media feeds bursting… Continue reading Goodbye, 2013. Thanks for the books.

Contemporary · Fiction

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders—what would you tell him to do?” ”To shrug.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Books · Contemporary · Fiction

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the title so accurately sums up the entire book. The setting is Sweden, and that’s just a backdrop to the narrative – the life and adventures of a very unlikely hero – Alan Karlsson –  a man who ran away from his old people’s home (via a… Continue reading The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared

Books · Contemporary · Fiction · Religion · Social

Maps for Lost Lovers

As summer 2013 rolls out, all fiery hot sun and sponge-cake skin, it’s easy to want to curl up with the latest thing to hit the shelves, a light, feel-good with red high heels on the cover, and a spicy rebel inside, but we all know that summer is about adventure. Whether it’s trying new… Continue reading Maps for Lost Lovers

Books · Celebs · Contemporary · Fiction · Politics · Religion · Social

The Islamabad Literature Festival

The Islamabad Literature Festival, hashtagged on Twitter as #IsbLF, is the latest in a series of literary events taking the country by storm. I had the opportunity, this Labor Day, of driving over to Margalla Hotel, and attending a series of enlightening talks. Having recently attended the Lahore Literature Festival (#LLF), I had high expectations.… Continue reading The Islamabad Literature Festival

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The Wandering Falcon/Pakistani novelists

  I love novels, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, history, politics – everything. It is rare that I am not carrying around my latest read wherever I go. Unfortunately, despite many positive reviews and glowing praise from friends and teachers, I’ve never been fond of literature written by Pakistani authors. I often find it stereotypical – talk… Continue reading The Wandering Falcon/Pakistani novelists

Books · Contemporary · Fiction · Politics · Religion · Social · Thoughts

Watching TV in Bombay, or Kingston, or Dhaka

Zadie Smith‘s first novel blew me away, but where exactly? The book starts of with an attempted suicide – definitely gripping. Throughout the book, Smith uses words to her advantage. No skimping, no summarizing. No sir, she uses simple, direct words in abundance. The result of which is clear, sharp mental pictures. Even the characters are embellished… Continue reading Watching TV in Bombay, or Kingston, or Dhaka

Books · Classics · Fiction

A Tale of Two Cities

What if your greatest act in life is to be killed? A Tale of Two Cities is a classic novel by Charles Dickens. Normally, I try to stay away from classics – this was the first I’ve read in around three years. All I remembered from when I was a kid attempting to dig through the never-ending tale… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities

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The Rishta Auntie Reading List

Every young, twenty-something girl (and often younger in rural areas) in Pakistan notices that moment – the moment when her mother’s friends transform from The Nice, Jolly Aunties to Ruthless, X-Ray Scanner-at-the-Airport, Rishta Aunties. Now, instead of patting your head amicably and pinching your cheeks with big smiles of affection, The Rishta Auntie keeps her distance when… Continue reading The Rishta Auntie Reading List

Books · Contemporary · Fiction

Battle of the Books: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings

Frodo Baggins vs. Harry Potter After months of being barraged by friends to grab a copy of The Lord of the Rings, I finally gave in and decided to read the trilogy. It starts off simply enough, and a fabulous fantasy world is slowly constructed around the reader, carefully helping him through the many levels of the story.… Continue reading Battle of the Books: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings