What I wrote in November.

A book on Karachi more thorough than you would ever expect.

 

As a Karachi native, I consider myself forever connected to that tangle of a metropolis even though I moved to Chicago at a year old and have lived here ever since. It is a notoriously tumultuous city, a microcosm of mismanagement, violence and instability. Despite my deep personal interest in Karachi, its history and current state are difficult to unravel and daily changes impossible to follow. Having read Steve Inskeep’s “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,” I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Read more: Book Review: “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi” by Steve Inskeep | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Suicide attackers continue battering Pakistan, Indians love the Internet, and more.

Indian Parliament building. Credit: js42/Creative Commons

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Four children and their bus driver were killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on their bus in Peshawar, Pakistan. The first weapon, a rocket-fired grenade, missed its target but subsequent use of AK-47 assault rifles killed five and sent another 18, including 15 children, to the hospital. Pakistan’s Taliban militants carried out the attack, perhaps in response to Osama bin Laden’s killing earlier this year.

Read more: More Suicide Attacks in Pakistan, India Internet Use to Triple by 2014 | September 11 – 16 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Another week of disappointing news from the Subcontinent.

Baburam Bhattarai, speaking, is Nepal's new Prime Minister. Credit: The Advocacy Group.

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Nepal’s parliament elected Baburam Bhattarai its new Prime Minister on August 28. Bhattarai is a prominent member of the country’s Maoist party; despite Bhattarai’s verbal commitment to a “national unity government,” Nepali Congress and Unified Marxist Leninist party members do not trust him or his party.

Read more: Hazare Makes Waves, Virginian Accused of Terror Ties | August 28-September 3, 2011 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Kick back with a cold drink and read this one.

 

If anyone were ever an armchair adventurer, it would not be me. My favorite books are emotional and psychological. I like to read about feelings. But despite that, I loved “The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2.” For all its action and adventure, it was the psychological trauma and tension that came to life and made this an entrancing read.

Read more: August Book of the Month: “The Last Man on the Mountain” by Jennifer Jordan | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.