The Other Side of the Divide

The Other Side of the Divide

A Journey into the Heart of Pakistan


What happens when one does go to Pakistan? What is one likely to find there?

This book attempts to unpack the 'heart of darkness' narrative around Pakistan and present a contemporary portrait of a country that is much more than its politicians, security agencies and the army. It is as vibrant, as conflicted and as suspended between tradition and modernity as its neighbour across the border.

Journalist Sameer Arshad Khatlani uses his travels in Pakistan as a device to talk about the country in a way that breaks down Indian stereotypes of it as a chaotic, regressive and repressive land. He dares to look beyond clichés and comes up with some startling insights. Interwoven with the narrative is the exploration of the experience of being Muslim in the subcontinent-in India, Pakistan and Punjab, before the Partition, after the Partition and in contemporary times.


256 Pages | ISBN13 9780670091942
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Sameer Arshad Khatlani
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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