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The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments are looking for a miracle, and Alice Bhatti is looking for a job Alice is a candidate for the position of junior nurse, gradeIt is only a few weeks since her release from Borstal She has returned to her childhood home in the French Colony, where her father, recently retired from his position as chief janitor, continues as part time healer, and full time headache for the local church It seems she has inherited some of his giftWith guidance from the working nurse s manual, and some tricks she picked up in prison, Alice brings succour to the thousands of patients littering the hospital s corridors and concrete courtyard In the process she attracts the attention of a lovesick patient, Teddy Bunt, apprentice to the nefarious Gentleman Squad of the Karachi police They fall in love Teddy with sudden violence, Alice with cautious optimismTheir love is unexpected, but the consequences are notAlice soon finds that her new life is built on foundations as unstable as those of her home A Catholic snubbed by other Catholics, who are in turn hated by everyone around them, she is also put at risk by her husband, who does two things that no member of the Gentlemen Squad has ever done fall in love with a working girl, and allow a potentially dangerous suspect to get away Can Teddy and Alice ever live in peace Can two people make a life together without destroying the very thing that united them It seems unlikely, but then Alice Bhatti is no ordinary nurseFilled with wit, colour and pathos, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a glorious story of second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in unlikely places, set in the febrile streets of downtown Karachi It is the remarkable new novel from the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes


10 thoughts on “Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

  1. Abubakar Mehdi Abubakar Mehdi says:

    It is not without regret that I have to admit it now I never read a novel written by a Pakistani writer in English Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is where I started from and I couldn t possibly have selected a better book Alice Bhatti, previously an inmate in the Borstal Jail, is applying for the job of a nurse in a Catholic Charity Hospital, knowing that she belongs to a depleting minority of Catholics in Karachi who have any chance of getting a decent job The story revolves around her struggl It is not without regret that I have to admit it now I never read a novel written by a Pakistani writer in English Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is where I started from and I couldn t possibly have selected a better book Alice Bhatti, previously an inmate in the Borstal Jail, is applying for the job of a nurse in a Catholic Charity Hospital, knowing that she belongs to a depleting minority of Catholics in Karachi who have any chance of getting a decent job The story revolves around her struggle to exist in a society that is not just anti Christian but misogynistic and violent in the extreme She is sexually harassed, physically assaulted, and mentally tortured But Alice will not let any of this dampen her spirits Perseverant, brave and strong headed, Alice Bhatti tries to reconcile her many identities her Catholic background, her past as an inmate, her rebellious nature and her womanhood With such a set of identities, in a place like Karachi, one is not very likely to go far She soon realises that she needs protection and companionship, for survival s sake Teddy Butt is a bodybuilder, currently working as an encounter specialist cum grave digger for a local police inspector He hides his occupation from most, for obvious reasons, but what he cannot hide is his love for Alice A brief courtship and a dramatic proposal ends up setting them together as husband and wife Teddy needs stability in life and Alice needs protection Both are orphans of luck, and like many in that giant of a city, both are surviving at the behest of pure chance And thus unfolds a story which is as charming as it is brutal To see life from the eyes of a Christian nurse working in Karachi, is to see an already horrendous place become virtually unliveable Especially for Christians mainly Catholics who live a miserable life, and work as sweepers and sewerage cleaners in big cities They are considered untouchable, unworthy of bodily contact and almost a contamination that must make a suburban ghetto its abode Alice Bhatti s superior Hina Alvi, to Alice s great surprise, is a catholic too but has successfully concealed this fact about herself and hence, has ascended quite brilliantly in her profession Here, we see that Life is an ordeal for those who do not belong to the majority Although we see Alice fighting for herself, and putting up a good show of rebelliousness and courage, but deep inside she is as vulnerable as any woman The dark humour that we find in her dialogues, is a representation of her inner conflicts as well as the stark realities she experiences everyday Nonetheless, she wouldn t have you pity her, or give her a helping hand Alice would have none of your patriarchy or charity She will fight to the end But can she win Mohammad Hanif has written a timely classic a story that proselytizes most of what remains unsaid and undiscussed among literate Pakistanis His prose has the lyrical charm and wit of Rushdie, and the Realism of Hardy, Hanif captures a nation in bedlam and reminds us that we have a responsibility, as thinking men and women, to voice our condemnation of this racism, bigotry and oppression


  2. Anum S. Anum S. says:

    Mohammad Hanif is one of those writers, you know The one that everyone in Pakistan seems to have read The one that so many people just love And it s very, very hard to go into a book with that level of expectation and not be a little disappointed.I tried to brace myself before reading this by talking myself into lowering my anticipation It might not be THAT good, I told myself, and I actually turned out to be right And I didn t hate it but I didn t love it either, even though yes, it s fu Mohammad Hanif is one of those writers, you know The one that everyone in Pakistan seems to have read The one that so many people just love And it s very, very hard to go into a book with that level of expectation and not be a little disappointed.I tried to brace myself before reading this by talking myself into lowering my anticipation It might not be THAT good, I told myself, and I actually turned out to be right And I didn t hate it but I didn t love it either, even though yes, it s funny, yes, it s smart, and yes, it gets a lot of points for taking on a protagonist who is a part of so many sensitive demographics in terms of religion, gender and social class a Catholic, a woman, and a junior nurse and dealing with it really wellMaybe you ll be luckier But you don t seem like the kind of girl who attracts luck The story opens with Alice Bhatti having recently left the Borstal jail where she was spending time for having smashed in a senior surgeon s head After getting the job as junior nurse, Alice begins a tentative, initially reluctant love affair with ex bodybuilder Teddy Butt, and spends her days trying to survive the hospital s patients and Karachi s craziness In between are efforts to understand her father, a proud sweeper who is both loving and neglectful, as well as attempts to ward off the rumours about Alice s miraculous healing powers after a baby born dead suddenly wakes up again And woven throughout the narrative are subtle, sly sentences that make this book so much fun to read.The Characters BreatheThe most noticeable thing about the writing in this book is how alive the characters are Alice jumps right off the pages, and even though I never used to understand what that phrase meant, this book helps make its meaning a little bit clearer People can learn various crafts in jail to pick pockets, to wield a knife, how to use your knee in a fight, to plant flowers in pots made out of cardboard or hook up with someone and hatch a plan to kidnap a film star, or to write poetry Alice has learnt only one thing to keep quiet and speak only when absolutely necessary.This deft handling of characters who are three dimensional expands to include all those around Alice Hanif shows this in the characterization of Noor, a seventeen year old who spends his time at the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments, the hospital where Alice works as a junior nurse, simultaneously caring for his mother, being an all around helper boy and lusting after Alice Walking into a room and behaving as if the room belonged to him was something that Noor had already learnt, at a time when other boys his age were only hanging from the windowsills looking in, He was sure that his secret code would work.Hanif does both the young and the old equally well While Noor is the teenager, Doctor Pereira, the Chief Medical Officer at the Sacred, is the older,resigned adult, both cowardly but also kind hearted Hanif s characterization of Dr Pereira rests on small, concise sentences woven into the bigger picture Even though he s not one the main characters, he still manages to have a distinct voice Dr Pereira is human enough to realise that Alice and Noor are not the authors of their own misfortunes, but he is not imaginative enough to recognise their desperate attempts to rewrite them.What s fascinating is that Hanif s rendering of complex, interesting characters isn t limited by gender He creates secondary female characters with as much ease as the male one, such as in the case of Hina Alvi, a senior Sister at the hospital with a cast iron will and a dry but hilarious outlook on all the harsh things in lifeI m not the right person to give anybody martial advice I have been married thrice And I m single now I married the same man twice Just to be sure But the result was the same The most disappointing thing about the book is maybe the other protagonist, Teddy Butt, who is so lacklustre as to be hardly worth mentioning Even though the book is pitched as a romance between Alice and Teddy, I literally couldn t have cared less about Teddy or his bodybuilding days or his nefarious and highly questionable job as helper for a non sanctioned police task force involved in dubious things Teddy takes up too much space in this book for someone who elicits no emotion, and is the smallest side note to the multifaceted, fascinating personality that is Alice A Different Kind of HumourYou ll find that a lot of people spend a lot of time talking about how funny Mohammad Hanif is, so I was expecting something that was out right hilarious, but that s not the sort of humour this author is dabbling in This book presents humour in a different way from anything I ve ever readMy job is to cure people, to cure them at the worst of times I don t decide when someone is going to die He does He raises his forefinger towards the ceiling Alice Bhatti looks at the ceiling fan in confusion Put your Faith in Phillips, it says.He doesn t bother pulling back from topics that one might consider sensitive Religion, social discrimination, poverty, sex, violence, almost every topic gets a satirical comment, a subtle witty phrase tucked in between lines And to top it all off, Mohammad Hanif writes really well His writing is funny, but also smart Dr Pereira has never figured out how people find out about these things Somebody whispers something in your ear, and before you can turn to them and ask how they know in the first place, the rumour has travelled around the city and somebody else is whispering a version of the original in your other ear The Male Author, the Female ProtagonistMen writing about women protagonists always worry me, because there s so many ways in which it could go wrong This book, thankfully, doesn t disappoint For lessons on how to write a nuanced female character, other authors could take lessons from Mohammad Hanif s writing Lewd gestures, whispered suggestions, uninvited hands on her bottom are all part of Alice Bhatti s daily existence.Even besides the clever commentary on unwanted sexual advances or gender discriminatory practises, this book takes into account all shades of the spectrum Women aren t just one single adjective They re defiant, oppressed, kind hearted, cold, romantic, funny throughout the book Hanif uses Alice as well as Sister Hina Alvi to make these females grey and complex instead of caricatures of black and whiteThere is a deep hidden well of sadness in every woman, as inevitable as a pair of ovaries, and on certain afternoons its mouth yawns open and it can suck in every colour in this world Hanif also flips this courtesy provided to men by providing the same to his female characters, who don t hold back in trying to understand, recognize or empathize with the convoluted intentions and actions of the men in their livesMen don t understand Just remember that They don t The important thing to take away from all this is that conversations about writing across gender, race, religion or other demographics have existed for a long time Men writing about women, white people writing about african americans, able bodied people writing about disabilities, all these factors have in common a distance from the experience these writers are tackling But Mohammad Hanif proves that this distance is surpassable, and can be done faithfully to the end On the Funny and Serious Side of ReligionThese Muslas will make you clean their shit and then complain that you stink If men writing about women rate high on the worry scale, than authors writing a protagonist whose religion differs from theirs make me evenapprehensive, because there are so manychances where one could offend Religion is tricky, and sensitive, and in these volatile times even slightly dangerous She knows what faith in it s the same old fear of death dressed in party clothes What makes this situation evenprecarious is the harassment, discrimination and religious violence the Christian minority has to face in a country like Pakistan Barely two months ago a park full of Christian families celebrating Easter in Lahore found themselves the victims of a suicide bombing which killed 72 and injured hundreds , many of them children I know some people see Yassoo on a cross or his mother in a pretty dress in every seasonal fruit Why do people need that kind of evidence Isn t there always a flood or an earthquake or a child run over by a speeding car driven by another child to remind us that God exists Hanif s story manages to treat religion both as a serious topic worthy of consideration and as a side note, one whose effects are barely felt on the characters This is a dichotomy that runs throughout the book, and Hanif balances it out by being, in turn, serious, didactic, funny or flippant He treats religion the way the majority of Pakistanis do Like something one must tolerate, respect, fear, and humor, all at the same time As a child I was taught that God is in everything I thought that this concept was so simple that even someone like me could understand it Now that I am getting old, they want me to literally see God in vegetables For the last five years, every year there is an aubergine somewhere that, when you slice it, it has the word Allah running through it.RecommendationThere is a scene within this book, a 3 page long incident when Teddy shoots in the air and accidentally shuts down the city for 3 days That one scene is such a perfect description of the kind of unholy mess that is Karachi, and it says so much about how individual lives affect the larger picture, how actions have unintended consequences, about the political and social conditions of this city Mohammad Hanif s writing is funny and honest, and while I might not love his work as much as the rest of the country seems to, I see where everyone else is coming from Read it if you feel like seeing what the hype is all about I review Pakistani Fiction, and talk about Pakistani fiction, and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise, take your pick To read this complete review, check outreviews or just contact me so you can talk about books, come look at my Blog or follow me on Twitter Original Update I took SO LONG to read this book Good god


  3. Afini Afini says:

    The one thing that captures my interest every time I pick up a novel written by Pakistani authors is always the context of the novel In case of these types of novels, it is always the cultural context which gives colours to the stories told Any story that takes place in Pakistan or the Middle East never fails to captivate me My first experience reading these kinds of novels was when I enrolled in a Global Literature course in my college Since then, I have been constantly on the lookout for The one thing that captures my interest every time I pick up a novel written by Pakistani authors is always the context of the novel In case of these types of novels, it is always the cultural context which gives colours to the stories told Any story that takes place in Pakistan or the Middle East never fails to captivate me My first experience reading these kinds of novels was when I enrolled in a Global Literature course in my college Since then, I have been constantly on the lookout forof the same kind of novel Our Lady of Alice Bhatti which takes place in Pakistan covers a broad cultural context including the Muslims and Christians society there Even though I am living in a multicultural and multiracial society in Asia where the Muslims, Christians and many other religions are being practised, it is always fascinating to read and understand the different context of the multicultural society on the opposite part of the world Other than that, the characters which are portrayed in a dark yet humorous way adds the fun in reading this novel


  4. Eleanor Eleanor says:

    I had trouble getting into the flow of this book Was it supposed to be comic in spite of the violence Because of the violence Would I understand it better if I wasused to the rhythm of a chaotic city like Karachi There is a tool necessary for full appreciation of this book that I fear I don t have Yet, as always with books chosen by my newly resurrected book club, I am appreciative of the chance to read something that I would never otherwise have read The writing is interesting a l I had trouble getting into the flow of this book Was it supposed to be comic in spite of the violence Because of the violence Would I understand it better if I wasused to the rhythm of a chaotic city like Karachi There is a tool necessary for full appreciation of this book that I fear I don t have Yet, as always with books chosen by my newly resurrected book club, I am appreciative of the chance to read something that I would never otherwise have read The writing is interesting a lot happens in this book and often in the individual sentences of this book


  5. W W says:

    Mohammad Hanif s writing combines humour and horror.The satire is at times,wicked.He likes making fun of just about everything.And he certainly isn t the most politically correct writer.But after his first book,things have gone downhill.This one is his second book,after the controversial and acclaimed,A Case of Exploding Mangos.It s certainly not as good.Alice Bhatti is a Catholic nurse working in a Karachi hospital.Hanif was asked in an interview if he wanted to depict the plight of Christian n Mohammad Hanif s writing combines humour and horror.The satire is at times,wicked.He likes making fun of just about everything.And he certainly isn t the most politically correct writer.But after his first book,things have gone downhill.This one is his second book,after the controversial and acclaimed,A Case of Exploding Mangos.It s certainly not as good.Alice Bhatti is a Catholic nurse working in a Karachi hospital.Hanif was asked in an interview if he wanted to depict the plight of Christian nurses in Pakistan,who are women as well as minorities,a kind of double jeopardy.Hanif is honest enough to admit that when he was writing,that was not necessarily his intention.Alice Bhatti s life as a nurse is difficult.She has to deal with the crude advances of men,until she meets Teddy Butt,a bodybuilder,and marries him.Then,she has her share of troubles with her husband.This book suffers from a similar problem that plagued Hanif s third book,Red Birds.There isn t enough of a coherent story.And in this case,even the funny bits are relatively few and far between.For me,this was a very forgettable book


  6. Katherine Katherine says:

    My job is to cure people, to cure them at the worst of times I don t decide when someone is going to die He does He raises his forefinger towards the ceiling Alice Bhatti looks at the ceiling fan in confusion Put Your Faith in Philips, it says 4 5 they are attracted to bomb blast sites like flies to She usually finds a rotting seasonal fruit to complete her analysis of the state of the national health 30 There was a time in Joseph Bhatti s life when he could have stood at a My job is to cure people, to cure them at the worst of times I don t decide when someone is going to die He does He raises his forefinger towards the ceiling Alice Bhatti looks at the ceiling fan in confusion Put Your Faith in Philips, it says 4 5 they are attracted to bomb blast sites like flies to She usually finds a rotting seasonal fruit to complete her analysis of the state of the national health 30 There was a time in Joseph Bhatti s life when he could have stood at a street corner and made a speech about camels, but these days you never know Especially with people who like calendars with tastefully photographed camels 47 And then Joseph feels sad that s all his daughter is good at, looking pretty and bashing up octogenarian professionals 51 Alice Bhatti doesn t pay particular attention to the Surfer or its number plate She has seen enough nicknames, poetic flourishes, family titles, fictional cities and urban legends passing themselves off as vehicle license plates She is not amused by somebody s high school idea of looking important 58 an elderly man whose henna coloured moustache somehow complements the mistrust in his eyes 59 Before resorting to gunpoint poetry, Teddy Butt tries the traditional route to romancing a medical professional he pretends to be sick 64 Teddy is one of those people who are only articulate when they talk about cricket The rest of the time they rely on a combination of grunts, hand gestures and repeat snippets of what other people have just said to them He also has very little experience of sharing his feelings 68 A thick March cloud has cloaked the sun outside The perfect spring afternoon is suddenly its own wintry ghost 72 Normalcy limping back to the city, as if normalcy had gone for a picnic and sprained an ankle 75 Noor sees Alice and Teddy walking out of the Sacred, hand in hand, and starts to suspect that love is not just blind, it s deaf and dumb and probably has an advanced case of Alzheimer s it s unhinged 82 He can t imagine reading their names together except maybe in a tragic news headline 87 Any man who reaches for a book when he thinks about you is a man that you should think about 87 She is relieved that everything has happened so suddenly she hasn t had the time to examine her own motives, otherwise her love story would have turned into an anthropological treatise about the survival strategies employed by Catholics in predominantly Islamic societies 96 Soothing the doomed slut is the nearest he has come to having a job description 105 He also thinks it is a nice reminder that the business of life must go on despite marriage, despite a wife, despite a house full of crockery and vague expectations 107 Alice used to tell her dorm mates at the nursing school that if Yassoo came back to life today and roamed the world and saw it full of so many crosses, wouldn t he conclude that it was a world of perpetual pain And for once, He would be right 126 She knows what faith is it s the same old fear of death dressed in party clothes 176 She swore off doctors with leftist tendencies and penetrative sex for the rest of her time at the nursing school 187 There is always a cloud shaped like Mohammed I know some people see Yassoo on a cross or his mother in a pretty dress in every seasonal fruit Why do people need that kind of evidence Isn t there always a flood or an earthquake or a child run over by a speeding car driven by another child to remind us that God exists 194 195


  7. Zainab Zainab says:

    A gripping novel Unputdownable yes Has an ending that takes you back to the beginning and literally so Mohammed Hanif s craft at story telling is spellbinding Specially towards the end chapter 26 onwards my curiosity was at the edge From the beginning to the end the book is elaborate in its surprises And the petition by Joseph Bhatti in the end is quite tactfully placed Gives a whole new outlook to the novel.Hanif draws a vivid and sadly, a true picture of the state of affairs in ou A gripping novel Unputdownable yes Has an ending that takes you back to the beginning and literally so Mohammed Hanif s craft at story telling is spellbinding Specially towards the end chapter 26 onwards my curiosity was at the edge From the beginning to the end the book is elaborate in its surprises And the petition by Joseph Bhatti in the end is quite tactfully placed Gives a whole new outlook to the novel.Hanif draws a vivid and sadly, a true picture of the state of affairs in our country from a welfare hospital to a police agency, the attitude of common people towards the so called low caste and evenso with people of minority religion doing lowly jobs Also, allusions to people of different and often contradictory religious mind sets highlighted in the novel voice a serious issue prevalent these days issues that arise due to non acceptance of multiple interpretations of faith, making immature and groundless judgements about the right and the wrong path and then the confusion which springs because of fake aalims caliming to have done miracles fogging the truth of real miracles In short, the book is all encompassing It takes us and lets us meet those Karachiites who are living such a dreadful life we can not even dare to think of A very exciting read it is A mix of bitter sweet emotions


  8. Neha Neha says:

    Witty, racy and dark riveting writing style of Hanif I am clueless to the real challenges of a country or a religion and my opinions are coloured by media and literature, so I will limit my review to the writing and the plot neutralising any references to a religion or country.Hanif shows you the underbelly and madness of a country s political and feudal society The strong influence of prejudice, power and fundamentalism in all spheres of life where your identity is either of a bigot or a Witty, racy and dark riveting writing style of Hanif I am clueless to the real challenges of a country or a religion and my opinions are coloured by media and literature, so I will limit my review to the writing and the plot neutralising any references to a religion or country.Hanif shows you the underbelly and madness of a country s political and feudal society The strong influence of prejudice, power and fundamentalism in all spheres of life where your identity is either of a bigot or a traitor In times of doubt your honesty and loyalty is judged by taking off your pants The author of The Case of Exploding Mangoes recreates another riveting tale which doesn t shy away from calling black as black The story reminded me the fact that as many civil rules and laws we form, we are still animals living by the jungle law killing for survival and power Nothing is fair or just if you hold the power and the gun.The main protagonist is Alice born into a low caste family but bold and brazen in a man s world She married a protector but when the protector becomes the hunter then your state is no better than a chicken waiting to be cut and served Teddy, Noor and other characters form central to the plot each bringing a shade of darkness and hidden secrets and desires in them One is running behind goons and criminals and delivering its own form of justice, one is strong enough to fight the world but can t do anything to save his ailing and dying mother, one is the strong administrator who gets sympathetic to the victim, one a low caste cleaner who becomes hand of God trying to cure people with a candle and glass So in short you will not get a normal character or a common man, all of them are shown struggling with their individual demons merging into a shocking climax which you will must read to know.Leaving you with a few lines from the book. In every man dances a thief, In every man dances a peacock.The Gentlemen s squad is a group of like minded police officers, not really an entity commissioned by any law enforcing authority The name of the unit doesn t exist on any official register, on letterheads or websites There is no annual audits or medals of bravery it does not hold press conferences to unveil the criminals it catches or kills, oroften catches and then kills It is a group of gentlemen who, not given to any flights of literary imagination, have decided to call themselves the Gentlemen s Squad It is a crew of reformed rapists I have got three grown up daughters now, you know , tortures, it s a science, not an art , sharpshooters monkeys really, as we spend half our lives perched of rooftops and trees and generally the kind of investigators who can recognise a criminal by looking the way he blows his nose or turns a street corner They have survived together for such a long time because they believe in giving each other space, they come together for a good cause like they have today, and then disperse to pursue their own personal lives Don t be frightened of your own reflection We all have bad moments in front of the mirror, says Noor You should probably get married I have heard that a good husband is the only cure for bad dreams You know why Because then you are sleeping with your bad dream


  9. Rural Soul Rural Soul says:

    It was my first English novel by any Pakistani writer because i had diceded to read my native English literature first rather than focussing on foreign literature I just wanted to know that how does it feel to read my own society in a foreign language and let s see that how do they represent Pakistan to foreign readers.I can undetstand it now that why does this have low rating Not entirely negative rating but it s not high rating either.The reason that I liked it and gave it is that it s It was my first English novel by any Pakistani writer because i had diceded to read my native English literature first rather than focussing on foreign literature I just wanted to know that how does it feel to read my own society in a foreign language and let s see that how do they represent Pakistan to foreign readers.I can undetstand it now that why does this have low rating Not entirely negative rating but it s not high rating either.The reason that I liked it and gave it is that it s filled with some stereotypes.Teddy Butt represents all the majority of Butts in our bodybuilding community e.g Ahmad Butt Masoom Butt and manybut I don t remember them.Dr Pereira is similar to the talented Christian musician community from Karachi which have access to music unlikely Muslim community for whom music is taboo but still we have Muslims in this field too I don t want to debate music over religious grounds.There are some Christian musicians from Karachi in real life who prefered music over their other professional fields unlike this fictional character Dr Pereira Louis J Pinto aka Gumby former drummer of Noori band and Coke Studio Project Kami Paul Mekal Hassan Band Salman Albert Entity Paradigm band.Picking the surname of main character as Bhatti is only to represent the majority of Christian community of janitors who call themselves Bhatti.Inspector Malangi is another character who introduces us with the usual fearful Walrus Moustaches and dangerous name of a typical, rare semi corrupt police we deal in real life The thing which I loved most of all in the novel is that author is aware of this fact that who are native and indigenous people of sub continent It s very hard for me to write but whatever I heard orally and read with less detail that people Aryans confronted when they came to subcontinent were these Sansi people and Aryans because of their racial pride enslaved these relgionless, semi wild people and devided them into most lower class because of their skin colour Later those inhumane classification made its place in Hinduism.This is where Joseph Bhatti says, This kind of man Joseph Bhatti Choohra We were here before the Christians came, before the Muslas came Even before the Hindus came I am not just the son of this soil I am the soil Yes, I am Joseph Bhatti Choohra.Now they re in forms of Muslims, Christians and some of them are gypsies who are famous for their free spirited homeless lifestyle The most disturbing part in the novel which I find is it s plot The plot isn t cinsiderdd moving or attentive All you find is satirical and dark commentary Secondly it portrayed false image of Christian Muslim society It s not in reality whatever it s shown in the novel Any act of violence or prejudice by any individual to any minority isn t image of all society Over all it s impressive and dramatic novel with unusual ending plot


  10. Ava Butzu Ava Butzu says:

    Because I was smitten by both Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, I was convinced that Our Lady would be similarly compellingafter all, the book came with accolades from multiple reputable book reviews However, placing these two writers on the same level simply both authors set their stories in Pakistan is a poor point of comparison Where Hamid s characters are compelling and complex and his plots a series of interlocked events that spiral his characters towa Because I was smitten by both Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, I was convinced that Our Lady would be similarly compellingafter all, the book came with accolades from multiple reputable book reviews However, placing these two writers on the same level simply both authors set their stories in Pakistan is a poor point of comparison Where Hamid s characters are compelling and complex and his plots a series of interlocked events that spiral his characters toward their fate, Hanif did not deliver fully on what might have been a believable and important story about the subjugation of women and the damage that a class system imposes on the people of Pakistan.Hanif relied upon chance occurrences and the domino effect to set his plot of destruction into play, but the strange gaps of time in between each chapter which he then rewound the plot enough to fill in as needed created a strange hiccup in between each event, precluding me from appreciating the story fully.And it wasn t just that the plot hiccuped often the actions of the title character, Alice, did not sync up with what we thought we knew about her How can a woman who fights her way through nursing school, through censorial religious zealots, and through jail time served for her strong convictions impetuously marry a meat head henchman and seamlessly merge into his violent and misogynistic life and home There were, however, moments of dry irony and sarcastic commentary that created a powerful commentary about inequality and injustice those were the moments that shone in this book But ultimately, I felt frustration and impatience while reading this text, even with the final chapter in which the writer suggests that Alice is, after all, something of a saint and a miracle