If you have a thing for books and want to read something really good, you must check out the following books written by Pakistani authors.
1. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
A Case of Exploding Mangoes is a dark comedy novel written by the Pakistani writer, Mohammed Hanif. Filled with witty dialogues and dry humor, Muhammad Hanif has managed to turn a pretty dark topic into a fairly humorous one.
Where to read: Anywhere you want! Show it off proudly.
2. Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
Set in Lahore, Moth Smoke beautifully depicts the power of friendship, effects of drug abuse and adultery, and the truth about class discrimination in our society. The book talks about another side of Pakistan that everyone knows about but doesn’t want to acknowledge it. If you don’t mind a serious read, Moth Smoke won’t disappoint you.
Where to read: Best read in your garden surrounded by flowers and twittering birds, because the book will make you feel pretty sad.
3. How It Happened by Shazaf Fatima Haider
There are some books that literally make you laugh out loud, and this is one of them. The book has an uncanny resemblance to any typical Pakistani family, and you will be able to relate to the characters. It talks about the whole ‘rishta’ process in a very clever way.
Where to read: In your bed with a hot cup of tea. If reading in public, make sure you don’t giggle too loudly.
4. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
The gripping novel takes you on a compelling and intriguing journey of a woman’s struggle in our society. The book is what you call a page turner. Written in a riveting style, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a perfectly structured satire on cultural taboos that will teach you a thing or two.
Where to read: Wherever you like. Let the world know you are reading it!
5. The Contract by Zeenat Mahal
The novella seems like a chick flick but deals with serious issues like domestic violence, adultery and dysfunctional families. If you are in a mood to read something which is fun to read but not a total fluff, The Contract by Zeenat Mahal will do the job.
Where to read: A short, light book to be read on a holiday.
6. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
According to the reviews, you will either love this book or hate it. The book is about love and connections told in a raw, straightforward way. It is about “you”, a South-Asian character, who we follow from birth to death as he becomes rich, filthy rich.
Where to read: In public where it will make people curious. How to become rich?
7. Duty Free by Moni Mohsin
The book is a Pakistani version of Jane Austen’s Emma set in Lahore. It is a comic satire that aptly talks about our nosy society and will leave you laughing loudly. It is not a perfect book, but light-hearted and quirky.
Where to read: Your favorite spot with your favorite snack!
Have a great summer!