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Reporting Pakistan Meena Menon Was The Hindu S Correspondent In Islamabad Till She Was Expelled By The Pakistani Authorities In May 2014 In Spite Of Her Truncated Stay, And The Restrictions Placed On Her Movements, Menon Managed To Write On A Range Of Subjects Covering Swathes Of Life In Islamabad She Spoke To People From The Persecuted Ahmadi Community She Covered Protests Interviewed Victims Of Bomb Blasts She Spoke To Partition Survivors She Visited The Sprawling, Crowded Afghan Refugee Camp On The Outskirts Of The Capital Wrote About The Murree Brewery And Described Political Events, Including The High Treason Trial Of General Musharraf Reporting From Pakistan Is Considered One Of The Difficult If Exciting Assignments In Journalism, So For An Indian Despite The Limitations, She Has Produced A Probing, Incisive Portrait Of A Conflicted Society It Is Both Nuanced And Wide Ranging, And Tries To Look Not Just At Politics But Also At The Human Realities Beneath. Reporting Pakistan is Meena Menon s experience while being stationed in Pakistan for a period of nine months between 2013 and 2014 This book is structured like pure reportage, which makes it fairly tedious to read Menon gets across the problems and comforts of being an Indian, a woman, and a journalist with a visa limited to Islamabad in various sections Her reporting spans a diverse section from arts and culture to the fight for a free Balochistan and her experiences seem quite interesting.However, as stated previously, it is difficult to maintain interest in a book that is than 350 pages, written purely in a report style glittered with few observations I also feel that people of Pakistan and India would be better able to understand the book because Menon doesn t focus on creating an overarching history she sums up basic plot points of a situation that is deeply fraught and intense She does make important points about how India Pakistan should repair their relationship and wo Meena has done a great job She talks about Pakistan with impressive credentials Unlike Barkha Dutt who claims to be an expert on Pakistan, while knowing jack about that country, Meena really knows the pulse of this country What I loved about this book is that she is very balanced in her views She does put the Pakistani argument across also and let s the reader decide This is the sort of intellectual honesty that is missing in the narrative of many Indian journalists Meena has brought about the intricacies of living in Islamabad beautifully that both brings out the complexities of the nation as well as the qualities She balances the positives and the negatives quite beautifully The only gripe I have is A riveting read for those who might want to visit the country and wouldn t get the chance to do so I have been intrigued by the nation s culture, food, people and music This book is rich with explanations and I o

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