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I have been picking up books by Mohsin Hamid after watching ‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’. You can check the movie review here.

Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid:

I think I have read this book earlier as well. It seemed very familiar. The story is set in Pakistan… it is about a young guy…. he hates his job and ultimately gets fired… he is into drugs and booze which spiral out of control… he hates his best friend- who is rich, USA returned and has a hot wife and a kid… and has an affair with the best friend’s wife. His end is obviously not good. It is a different book… there are some loose ends which do not get tied up… I don’t know if that was deliberate or the author lost interest and forgot to close the loop.

A good read. I did sympathize with the main character but he is one of those people who cannot take responsibility and have no self control or will power.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid:

This is a 200 pages book… I was surprised. It is not available in most bookstores. I did not feel like I was reading the movie.. which is very good. The story in the book is different from the movie and I like that. There is a reason to watch the movie AND read the book. I hate it when film makers blindly copy the book. There has to be some value added… The book is a first person account of ‘Changez’. He is sitting in the tea house with the American and telling him his story. Even when the American is saying something, we know only when Changez tells us that. You have to read it to know what I mean.

Again, the end is a little confusing. Sidney Sheldon also does this… creates a bit of suspense… and it works. Here, it does not. I just felt betrayed. If only the author would have written 1 or 2 more pages.

A good read.

Bombay Stories – Translated by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad:

This book is a translation of short stories written by Manto. He was some famous writer and mainly wrote stories with prostitutes in them. I was unimpressed with the stories… they are not entertaining or funny or sad or anything… I put it down midway.

Please avoid.



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