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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book review: The irony of Happy Muharram

Book: The irony of Happy Muharram 
Author: Syed Amjad Ali

Story review:
This book depicts the life of Indian Muslims through the binoculars of author Syed Amjad Ali. The title makes a lot more sense once you have read the book. The hilarious writing to explain serious issues, which most of the times arise unintentionally, has been beautifully depicted. Author has used his personal experiences to show the material state of Muslims names, their political leaders, and marriages in India. It is an eye-opener for everyone who has always portrayed Muslims and their traditions is a certain way.

To Read or Not To Read:

I have faced the very situation where your name is always misspelt, mispronounced or/and receiving emails addressed as ‘Dear Sir’ a number of times. I could definitely relate to the situation despite being a non-Muslim. The first chapter manages to grab your attention and makes sure you stay glued until the end of the book. The writing style is simple, sober yet classic. The author has captured a very realistic topic in a very light-hearted comic manner, a genre which is hard to deliver but comes naturally to Syed Amjad Ali. The topic lined up is very unique and definitely worth the read. 

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