Some books we've been reading and feel that you should read them too. Here are two short reviews.Beloved Strangers by Maria Chaudhuri
The gist: growing up in Dhaka and returning to your roots, even when you move to New York.
One-line review: You will relate to at least some bits.
Read it if you like: Memoirs
Best line: "Why do you want to be twenty-five" I ask mother. "Because it is the perfect age. You're neither young or old, neither naïve or jaded. You have an idea of who you are but there's still so much left to discover," she replies.
Psst, Bloomsbury India sent free copies. Enjoy, Kavita Shiva (@Kavita_shiva), Kirti Satish Manian (@Kits), Neha Arora (@SoothingBlues), Nitha Jay (@nithajay7) and Madhvi (@RoyMadhavi)
The Prisoner by Omar Shahid Hamid
The gist: the kidnapping of American journalist in Karachi escalates the tension between Pakistan and the US. Unable to rescue him, the police turn to a former cop languishing in jail.
One-line review: written by a former cop, the book rings with authenticity and many events depicted in the book can be traced to real-life events that have defined contemporary history in Pakistan.
Read if you like: fast-paced thrillers from the subcontinent
Best line: police officers never know when to bow out gracefully - eventually the enemies you make in your lifetime of pissing powerful people off catches up with you, or your own colleagues stab you in the back.
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From HT Brunch, March 9
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