People sometimes complain that there isn’t anything to do in Islamabad (no bars obviously, no movie theater, not a ton of restaurants or shopping, and not nearly the night-life of Lahore or Karachi). But this week I did something that felt so normal and fun, and also reminded me of college. A book-reading!My friend is writing and editing “God’s Goldfish,” a collection of short stories about Muslims by Muslims. The reading was at the hippest coffee house in town, with free cookies and coffee cake for all. Everyone lounged around by the tealights for the reading of two stories, one about the wedding between a London-raised Pakistani girl and her village husband, and the other about an office romance. Yes, the stories were about Muslim experiences, but so easy to identify with. Maybe that is the point. Other than the carrot cake having raisins in it, the reading was a perfect way to spend the evening. I look forward to reading the rest, S!
First of all, I’m a huge enthusiast of your blog. I will be visiting Pakistan for several weeks this year, and I’m considering the possibility of moving there. Your blog has been a part of my online education about the real Pakistan. I’m avoiding all of the usual CNN and Fox News sources, since I strongly feel that one cannot find a good portrait of any country from these media outlets. I am instead relying on blogs and the occasional NGO report. Anyway, to get to my point, I want this God’s Goldfish book! I saw 1 used copy of a book on Amazon with the correct title, but I can’t be completely confident in this Amazon suggestion as there is no description. If you can help me track down a copy I will purchase several!