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A person of Pakistani origins

Author: Ziauddin Sardar
Publisher: London : Hurst & Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What does it mean to be a Pakistani? What do people see when they think they see a Pakistani? Can a Pakistani be more than one thing? In A Person of Pakistani Origin, Ziauddin Sardar, who does not have an authentic birth certificate to prove his origins, seeks to discover what makes a Pakistani and whether it is something one wants or ought to be. He reflects on his culture and heritage through the stories of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Electronic books
Named Person: Ziauddin Sardar; Ziauddin Sardar
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ziauddin Sardar
ISBN: 9781787381100 1787381102
OCLC Number: 1057472064
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 229 pages) : illustration.
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Dramatis Personae; 1. A Person of Pakistani Origins; 2. Ibn Safi, BA; 3. Two Books and an Auntie; 4. Dilip Kumar Made Me Do It; 5. Love, Death and Urdu Poetry; 6. My Vanishing Uncle; References; Acknowledgements
Responsibility: Ziauddin Sardar.

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"What does it mean to be a Pakistani? What do people see when they think they see a Pakistani? Can a Pakistani be more than one thing? In A Person of Pakistani Origin, Ziauddin Sardar, who does not have an authentic birth certificate to prove his origins, seeks to discover what makes a Pakistani and whether it is something one wants or ought to be. He reflects on his culture and heritage through the stories of the Pakistanis in his life. These are tales of duelling poets, fake thrillers, an uncle who has the ability to disappear and reappear miles away without even breaking a sweat, a traditional bookish auntie who harbours feminist desires, and a culture deeply entangled in Bollywood films. Nothing is as it seems, and assumptions made serve only as lessons for tomorrow. Deep contemplation, generously coasted with humour, takes you on a journey into multifaceted ethos of Pakistani culture, the beauty of Urdu language, as well as the humble insanity that is the everyday life of a person of Pakistani origin. The readers are prompted to embark on reflections on where they come from and who they have become"--Provided by publisher.

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