Exit West (Book)

Each time Mohsin Hamid’s name comes up, readers automatically refer to his brilliant first novel Moth Smoke, that captured the travails of the urban youth in the vibrant city of Lahore. Hamid’s subsequent books- The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How To Get Rich in Dying Asia and Discontent and Its Civilisation- didn’t captivate readers as much as…

The Spy (Book)

In 1998, a book came out that transformed the lives of millions, and still does so today. It’s a book that’s been quoted by people from all walks of life world over as one of their favourite books. The book is called The Alchemist and the author is world-famous Paulo Coelho. With each subsequent book…

The Forty Rules of Love

It was at a book club that the group decided to read Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love. As a guy, I was somewhat hesitant to read this as a preconceived notion about this books set in; it’s a chick-lit. However, after having read this book, I have to say I am glad I did,…

How It Happened

They say Pakistanis are obsessed with two things: Cricket and Politics. To that, I would add one more thing that all of us love to talk about in our drawing rooms: Weddings. Whether we are single or married, we have been involved in some conversation that revolves around marriage. Aunties will ask you at a…

The Girl on the Train

When Gillian Flynn came out with her novel Gone Girl, the entire world caught on to it and made it one of the most popular books. So popular was Gone Girl, a movie adaptation was also made. Many authors tried replicating the success of Gone Girl’s novel format, but none could match up to. Till…

Adultery

“Sometimes you have to lose yourself to discover who you are.” As a married spouse, what goes through your mind when your life becomes predictable and boring? Do you begin to seek adventure elsewhere? Do you stay quiet and suffer being in a loveless marriage?  This is the premise that Paulo Coelho explores in his…

The Kite Runner

This is a story of an Afghan man, Amir, who migrated to the US due to the damage done to his native country of Afghanistan. He writes about the time he was growing up in Kabul. His best friend was his servant’s son, Hassan. The title Kite Runner refers to Hassan, who is the best…