ISBN 9781610394116,The Bargain From The Bazaar

The Bargain From The Bazaar



Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781610394116

ISBN-10 1610394119

Paper Back

Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

As a young boy, Awais Rezas family moved from Indian Kashmir to Lahore in Pakistan after Partition. Now middle aged, Awais is a shopkeeper in the Anarkali Bazaar. Married, with three sons, he looks back on his journey from idealistic young nationalist to increasingly watchful and anxious member of the mercantile class at the heart of Pakistani life. Awaiss eldest son has drifted, but returned to help his father run the shop? the middle one is involved in radical Islamist politics? and the youngest is a law student who believes that a secular future is Pakistans last and only hope. Their lives unfold against an increasingly turbulent and violent background as suicide bombers enter the life of urban Lahore with devastating consequences.
Haroon K. Ullahs portrait of a middle class family oppressed by a state falling apart around them is a remarkable piece of storytelling. Radical Islam is confronted not only in distant mountain passes by the armed forces, but most personally and tellingly across the kitchen table as families like the Rezas debate their future