Dizzy in Karachi: A Journey to Pakistan

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In a post-9/11 world, one young woman sought to understand what remained of her homeland beyond headlines and stereotypes

As a graduate student of international affairs in Boston, Maliha Masood was deeply conflicted when it came to Pakistan. It was her birthplace where she spent an idyllic childhood riding camels on the beach, reciting English poetry and dancing to Abba. Class lectures depicted a failed state that enslaved its women. Media reports painted dire scenarios of blood...

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Overview

In a post-9/11 world, one young woman sought to understand what remained of her homeland beyond headlines and stereotypes

As a graduate student of international affairs in Boston, Maliha Masood was deeply conflicted when it came to Pakistan. It was her birthplace where she spent an idyllic childhood riding camels on the beach, reciting English poetry and dancing to Abba. Class lectures depicted a failed state that enslaved its women. Media reports painted dire scenarios of blood baths and terror cells, crime mobs and Kalashnikovs. Determined to reconcile the past with the present, Maliha went back to Pakistan in 2003, after an absence of two decades, and stumbled upon the adventure of a lifetime.

'Dizzy in Karachi: A Journey to Pakistan' is an intimate account of her experience living, working and traveling within a country teeming with contradictions. From the drug soaked parties of the pampered elite to the tranquil beauty of remote mountain villages, from smuggler bazaars on the Khyber Pass to culinary feasts in Lahore, readers will be immersed in a gripping narrative, rich in details and colorful characters.

Filled with insights on society, politics and history, Maliha's story provides a broader understanding that challenges our assumptions-not only about Pakistan-but about belonging and cultural identity and the meaning of home. Her duality as a Pakistani and an American offers a unique perspective that enlightens as well as entertains.

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Tim Leffel
Part memoir, part travelogue, and part country character study, Maliha presents Pakistan as few others have managed. By getting under its skin and looking at all its good and bad personality traits, we get a rounded picture of a diverse landscape and population that often seems impossible for outsiders to comprehend.
–Tim Leffel, Editor, Perceptive Travel
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
In bold and insightful prose, Maliha Masood tackles one of the world’s most troubled countries—her native Pakistan—and captures its pulse. This woman is fearless: I’d follow her anywhere.
–Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the Bloc: My life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935961994
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Maliha Masood is a writer, teacher and educator on global affairs. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in 'Best Travel Writing by Women for 2011' and 'The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore and Politics.' Maliha is also the author of the award winning travelogue, 'Zaatar Days, Henna Nights,' based on her journey backpacking across the Middle East. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Maliha moved to the United States at the age of eleven and grew up in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and has been featured on NPR and PBS. For more information, visit her website at www.dizzyinkarachi.com
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