Jaswant Singh’s book Jinnah: India, Partition-Independence becomes a best seller this week, based on its re-interpretation of history, yet another scholarly book being lapped up by a country that prides itself on being receptive to different kinds of ideas. [Here is a qawalli composed in his “honor”]
Here we have some of the other books that have been top-sellers in Pakistan.
The Taliban Code: The Langda Don, on sabbatical at Rawalpandi University, tries to uncover the greatest secret the world has ever known, namely that behind the apparent misogyny the Taliban is actually an army of ultra-feminists headed by Mullah Greer codenamed “Haseena Atim Bum“.
The Jihadist: Kasab is a shepherd who wants to wander many lands and touch people. Guided by the prophecy of a gypsy who speaks to him on satellite phone, he sets out on a magical expedition to Mumbai with an Ak47 in a heart-warming affirmation of the book’s theme ” When you want something, all of Pakistan conspires in helping you to achieve it
The Time-Traveller’s Wives: A romance about a man called Afridi who suffers from a genetic disease called chrono-displacement that makes him involuntarily travel through time and stay sixteen all his life.
The Seventy Two People You Will Meet In Heaven: A mix between a fable and a parable, a suicide-bomber goes to heaven to find that things there are a little different than he thought.
Reading Savita Bhabhi in Multan: A bond is formed between four friends as amidst the repression all around they read and discuss Savita Bhabhi in Multan while helping each other get through life.
The Gun-Runner: Hassan, FATA’s biggest arms-supplier, travels through the country to save the son of his half-brother united as they are by history and their passion of playing soccer with the heads of hostages.
The Baitullah Identity: A rip-roaring tale of revenge in which Baitullah, an amnesiac Taliban leader, finds that his handlers in ISI has already collected the bounty on his head from the US, claiming to have killed him. Twice.
It’s a Magical World: Pervez and Hobbes: Pervez, an innocent boy who plays with his imaginary friend Hobbes, transmogrifies himself into General Spiff in an alternative universe in which he destroys India in Kargil, a universe known as “Pakistan’s view of history”.
Two Towers And Other Assorted Tales: A masterpiece of investigative Pakistani journalism, this book argues that every act of mischief from WTC to attack on Sri Lankan cricketers to insurgency in Balochistan to the Tsunami can be traced to a sinister, very “raw” operative—-a certain Frido Baggins.
Five-Point Someone—What Not To Do In TITS: Three students at the the Taliban Institute for Technology Sohanwala (TITS) studying “terror engineering” bond over discussion of over-weight Pushtoo heroines, their love of Mahesh Bhatt movies, their dreams of completing their industrial training in India, their fantasies of sleeper cells, and their shared fear of Dean Al Zafar all the while bunking their “Strength of Materials” and “Explosives 101” classes.
Prickonomist: A Rogue Country Explores the Hidden Side of Itself: A guerrilla author provides an entertaining insight into how economics explains everything in a rogue state —from why it is Mr. Ten Per Cent (and not for instance Mr. Eleven Per Cent) and why pretending to fight the war on terror makes dollars and cents sense.