When I started this blog, I had all intentions of posting every review of the book I read. Too idealistic it sounds for me now. So I have rephrased my goal as “ atleast 1 post a month”.
But first things first. If at all something prompted me to get back here, it is the Just books Library that has come up next door. This is Justbooks first entry into Mumbai and first outlet outside Bangalore.
My first pick from Mumbai’s Justbooks: “ Daughter of the East”
Daughter of the East is an autobiography of Benazir Bhutto. I haven’t read Goodbye Shahzadi by Shyam Bhatia, which I believe has become more popular after Benazir’s demise. DoE is a good pick especially for the language and analogies reflected.
The opening lines in the preface say “I didn’t choose this life, it chose me. If these lines sound, a little pessimistic, in immediate succession follows a clarification “I do not wish to take the place of any other woman in history”. The book goes on to describe a number of analogies from happy childhood to a challenging adulthood. Daughter of the East maps the transformation of Pinkie to Begum which in her own words is a journey of trials, tragedies and triumphs.
The autobiography doesn’t speak of Benazir alone. Substantial emphasis is laid on the tribulations faced by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the formation of People’s Party of Pakistan, her mother’s sacrifices then subsequently focusing on her own efforts towards sustenance of PPP.
Highlights of the book:
Benazir’s mainden speech at Oxford
Benazir’s meeting with PM Indira Gandhi at the Simla Accord
Comparison of her childhood with life under house arrest at Al Muratza (her home)
Final Line: Not to be missed!!