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The Other Side of the Divide

The Other Side of the Divide

A Journey into the Heart of Pakistan

Sameer Arshad Khatlani
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Pegged on journalist Sameer Arshad Khatlani’s visit to Pakistan, this book provides insights into the country beyond what we already know about it. These include details on the impact of India’s soft power, thanks to Bollywood, and the remnants of Pakistan’s multireligious past, and how it frittered away advantages of impressive growth in the first three decades of its existence by embracing religious conservatism.
The book profiles extraordinary people-lawyers, poets, musicians and even a former military chief-who stood up to an oppressive state. It has historical anecdotes, like the story of an ordinary woman who became the ‘muse and mistress’, and often the ‘brains behind the regime of a swinging general’ who led Pakistan to ignominy in the 1971 war, that of a Sikh family which dared to swim against the tide to stay back in Pakistan after Partition, and a prostitute’s son who uses his art to humanize commercial sex workers in defiance of a conservative society.
The book attempts to present a contemporary portrait of Pakistan-where prohibition remains only on paper and one of the biggest taxpayers is a Parsee-owned brewery-as a complicated and conflicted country suspended between tradition and modernity.

Imprint: Penguin eBury Press

Published: Feb/2020

ISBN: 9780670091942

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

The Other Side of the Divide

A Journey into the Heart of Pakistan

Sameer Arshad Khatlani

Pegged on journalist Sameer Arshad Khatlani’s visit to Pakistan, this book provides insights into the country beyond what we already know about it. These include details on the impact of India’s soft power, thanks to Bollywood, and the remnants of Pakistan’s multireligious past, and how it frittered away advantages of impressive growth in the first three decades of its existence by embracing religious conservatism.
The book profiles extraordinary people-lawyers, poets, musicians and even a former military chief-who stood up to an oppressive state. It has historical anecdotes, like the story of an ordinary woman who became the ‘muse and mistress’, and often the ‘brains behind the regime of a swinging general’ who led Pakistan to ignominy in the 1971 war, that of a Sikh family which dared to swim against the tide to stay back in Pakistan after Partition, and a prostitute’s son who uses his art to humanize commercial sex workers in defiance of a conservative society.
The book attempts to present a contemporary portrait of Pakistan-where prohibition remains only on paper and one of the biggest taxpayers is a Parsee-owned brewery-as a complicated and conflicted country suspended between tradition and modernity.

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Sameer Arshad Khatlani

Sameer Arshad Khatlani is a senior assistant editor with Hindustan Times. He has worked for the Indian Express and the Times of India since he began his career in journalism in 2005. Khatlani has reported from Pakistan and Iraq; he has also reported on the elections and the 2014 floods in Kashmir, among other issues. He has written features, besides writing opinion, analytical and explanatory pieces on religion, pacifism, Kashmir, the Middle East and Pakistan. He has a master's degree in history from New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia and is a fellow with the Hawaii-based East West Center, established by the United States Congress in 1960 for strengthening ties between the US, Asia and the Pacific region.

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Pegged on journalist Sameer Arshad Khatlani’s visit to Pakistan,┬áThe Other Side of the Divide provides insights into the country beyond what we already know about it. These include details on the impact of India’s soft power, thanks to Bollywood, and the remnants of Pakistan’s multireligious past, and how it frittered away advantages of impressive growth […] Read More