S. W. Ali

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Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I recently had the misfortune of spending a few valuable hours of my life reading an acclaimed writer of pakistan, Kamila Shamsie. Ms Shamsie's, previous excellent literary achievement `Salt and Saffron' seemed like it was written by another person, another writer altogether. Given, the character traits of the both novels are the same, the story of a lost, young, strong willed, western educated, pakistani woman from karachi. However this particular character suffered from what I would like to call an unhealthy and borderline pshychotic obsession with her ownself and the unrelenting victomhood, she bemoaned throughout the storyline.

The place , the association with the city… Read more
Ya Khuda by Qudratullah Shahab
Ya Khuda by Qudratullah Shahab
Ya Khuda, as the name would suggest is an acronym of how the reader might feel after reading this book. Since the days of yore we have been told of the glory of Partition. Some textbooks and stories will eventually hint at the genocide that took place on the fleeing refugees from both sides. But there is a comfortable numbness about Partition in our perceptions. I remember quite vividly as a child asking my grandmother to tell me the stories of her childhood in Ujjain, India. I can remember the sheer ecstasy in her voice as she took me on that journey to her childhood and enacted the Haveli that still stands in all its ruinous glory. I can also remember how she would smile as she would… Read more
The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad
The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For me, reading the Road to Mecca was a life changing moment (As the cliche goes). I found in this book the story of man who attained the ultimate peace and tranquility in his being. A man who went on a jounrney and discovered something, utterly beautiful. Asad, captured a moment in the middle east which is now forever lost and also the saw the seeds of what is now a changed middle east, where oil has taken over the spirituality of a beduin and replaced the calmness of movement from a camel to roaring and globe warming expensive cars, private jets and meglomaniacal cities.

From a religious point of view, this is also a book where a Jewish journalist converts to Islam. But what… Read more