Reporting Pakistan, Meena Menon, Rs 599, 350pp, PenguinHaving lived in Pakistan for nearly six years, Meena Menon’s “Reporting Pakistan” was an obvious urgent read with that unputdownable feel to it. As I enthusiastically flipped through, I revisited my life and times in the “enemy country” nearly four years after my own unscheduled departure. Menon’s extraordinary recall, love for detail and the rather gregarious tone of the 350-plus book naturally became the reason for my grins, grimaces and goosebumps.Often the incidents and anecdotes left me with that been there, done that feeling – multiplied by six – as I had spent six years there and Menon less than one. A fact she touches upon more than once in the book. However, even a brief stay in Pakistan warrants a life of adventure, and this is what makes any read from and about Pakistan or vice versa, riveting.Menon’s biggest adventure was her expulsion after her nine month stay. While she is unsure of the reasons that led to her marching orders, it happened soon after she had interviewed Mama Qadeer Baloch, an activist from Balochistan who heads the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons. She was summoned by the… Read full this story
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