Saturday, 12 March 2016

Book Review: Karachi, You're Killing Me!

Karachi, You're Killing Me!Karachi, You're Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

'Karachi, You're Killing Me!' comes off as a debut novel by Saba Imtiaz.
Those based out of Karachi and directly linked to journalism will enjoy reading this fiction work. Set in the backdrop of the current political scenario of Karachi, the book revolves around 28 year old Ayesha, who works for a newspaper and is quite ambitious to become one of the best journalists of her city. There's no doubt about the fact how hard she works to make a name for herself. Along with following her dreams, she has to deal with a lot of people in her life; Saad, her childhood best friend, Zaara, her only genuine girl-friend she can discuss out her distress with, father, who does nothing but take keen interest in their house pet, Kamran, her narcissist and self-absorbed boss who is dying to get his newspaper on the top and last but not the least, Jamie, a foreign reporter whom she mistakes to fall in love with.
The book started off at a tedious pace, and I could not built much interest in it. Had the thought of putting it down so many times but was just curious to finish the fiction work written by a female Pakistani author. The book picked up pace in the middle and ended on a very predictable pattern. For me, it was just an average read. Having said that, I'm sure Saba has written the book to target a certain niche - especially readers based in Karachi and the one's who want to start a career in journalism. Saba blatantly shows the truer side of Karachi, the city filled with chaos and also does not hold herself back by letting us know how people act and behave in the world of journalism. This book is surely is an eye-opener for many but told in a light, funny, and healthier way. Read it for the love of Karachi and journalism!

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