2 days ago
I recently read 'A God in Every Stone' by kshamsie. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am so happy she did. I have always tried to learn more about Pukhtun ancestry and history, and to have one presented to me in a form of a tale was wonderful.
The main characters are all so well written; Miss.Spencer, Najeeb Gul, Qayyum, each of them have their own purpose and personality. But the supporting characters; Diwa, Zarina and Tahsin Bey, they stood out too and they all helped carry the tale. Reading this book, i felt like I was in Qissa Khawani bazaar, it made me want to go to Peshawar and explore it. To visit the museum to look at the Buddhas to learn from them. To sit in the orchards and just let my mind wander.
I love that it touched up on Bacha Khan's Khuda Khitmadgaar movement. Its a disappointment that most Pakistanis do not know about it. This novel had me engrossed completely and when given the opportunity I will visit Peshawar museum. Perhaps in December.
I recommend this book to everyone, especially young Pukhtun readers. Pakistani media's representation of us is limited to terrorists, conservative staunch traditionalists or the butt of the joke. To read something that talked of us without reducing us to a stereotype and gave us proper, well researched representation was refreshing. -----
This is a picture of Peshwar from 1988. I tried to find something older but could not. This will have to do.