I’ve been meaning to write about this book earlier, considered I skipped out of the office early to buy this book and proceeded to read it at record speed, but there would have to be electricity in order for me to use my beloved desktop computer.
Nevertheless, A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif [who also penned the hilarious article ‘Musharraf and the Drunk Uncle] is one of the funniest books I have read since Rushdie’s Shame. But where Rushdie lost some readers in convoluted names and plot lines, Hanif keeps it simple, effective, sarcastic, and most effective of all, never falls into the trap of cliches that authors from the Subcontinent tend to do. A must read for anyone who appreciates good fiction, and has an interest in the murky world of Pakistani politics.
The book is available at The Second Floor and Liberty Books in Karachi.