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    A Case of Exploding Mangoes (English, Paperback, Mohammed Hanif)

    A Case of Exploding Mangoes  (English, Paperback, Mohammed Hanif)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House India
    • ISBN: 9788184001891, 8184001894
    • Edition: 2009
    • Pages: 384
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    Written by Mohammed Hanif, A Case Of Exploding Mangoes is a fictional tale, dotted with dark satire, elaborating the plot behind the death of Pakistan’s former president, Muhammad Zia ul-Haq.

    Summary Of The Book

    A Case Of Exploding Mangoes is a work of fiction, which is based on a real life incident. The death of one of Pakistan’s former presidents, Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, is the main theme around which this comic novel revolves. General Zia presided over Pakistan from 1977 to 1988. Many theories of conspiracy have been woven across this incident, and the book provides its own comical version, regarding how this infamous incident took place.

    This book is written from the eyes of Ali Shigri, who is the narrator for this book. He has been described as a Junior Officer serving the Pakistani Air Force, avenging his father’s mysterious death. Though it had been considered a suicide, he is convinced that General Zia was the mastermind behind it.

    According to the storyline in A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, General Zia comes to a small town in Punjab, Bahawalpur, where he witnesses a tank parade. Immediately after, he leaves in the aircraft that is C-130 Hercules, which was designated as ‘Pak One’. The aircraft takes off smoothly, but after a while, the control tower loses contact with it. The aircraft nose dives into the earth and explodes, killing General Zia, along with other army generals.

    A Case Of Exploding Mangoes was published in 2008. The author has written this book filled with dark satire. It describes Ali Shigri’s mission as he targets none other than the President of Pakistan. Accompanied by his roommate, an American lieutenant, and a crow addicted to mangoes, Ali rolls his grand plan into action.

    This book won the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2009, in the Best First Book category. It also won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2008. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well.

    About Mohammed Hanif

    Mohammed Hanif is a journalist and a writer. He was the head of the Urdu service for BBC at London.

    He has authored other novels, such as Our Lady of Alice Bhatti and The Baloch Who is Not Missing and Others Who Are.

    His writing style has been compared to that of Salman Rushdie.

    Mohammed Hanif was born at Okara, Pakistan, in the month of November, in 1964. He completed his graduation as a pilot officer from the Pakistan Air Force Academy. He started his career in journalism, by working for Newsline. He wrote for India Today and The Washington Post. Apart from writing novels, he has also written for plays like What Now, Now That We Are Dead? and The Dictator’s Wife, as well as for a film, The Long Night.

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    5

    excellent book

    grt book, language, humor hard core , seems some one from very inside of isi helped the authoir with details.
    have become a great fan of his writing , as other reader are also
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    Dharm Dwivedi

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    A dusky comedy set in tumultuous Pakistan

    A satire on the political charades of a Pakistan written with wit and style, it's a brilliant debut novel from an inspiring writer. It chronicles the life of a bollywoodesque protagonist who is let go in the real world of the 1980's military controlled state. The inside story of the life and times of commander-in-chief and president Zia-ul-Haq is comically insightful.

    A must read for readers interested in Indian/Asian contemporary literature, it's also a great page turner.
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    Mohammed Sameer

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    5 Nov, 2013

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    Funny, and witty

    Hilarious work of fiction, with a political assassination as a backdrop. Sporadic doses of strong sattire. Conpiracy theories behind the killing galore. The character Ali Shigri is now one of my favorite fictional characters! Highly recommended.
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    Ankit Sarwahi

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    A heady cocktail of Fact, Fiction, Fantasy and Satire

    A CASE OF EXPLODING MANGOES - Mohammed Hanif

    Pakistan figures heavily in my reading. On an average read some 4-5 books on Pakistan every year. Mostly by the Guardian / BBC or the MJ Akbar types who delve into its history, give gory accounts of its current situation and end their books terming it a hopeless country. Anatol Levin and MJ Akbar have written lucid accounts of the country and its hopelessness. I have a feeling that these books are written for readers in India rather than those in ...
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    Divakar Kaza

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    5 Apr, 2014

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    A Case of Exploding Mangoes

    Dark, sharp and unapologetic. Mohammed Hanif captures the essence of Pakistan's political and military tensions perfectly. A fantastic read!
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    Alka Ashok

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    Must read

    the humour and cynicism and imagination: simply amazing. Must read. Must read.Must read. Must read.Must read.Must read.
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    Srikrishnan V

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    24 Nov, 2014

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    5

    Lyrically engaging

    The book is lyrically engaging, like a dream. But it is also masking a lot of sadness, which makes the book a little heavy to read, but the constant humor picks up even the most wretched and heartbreaking bits and spins them into hilarious yarns of warmly entertaining experiences.
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    avani

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    27 Jul, 2013

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    Dark Satire at its Asian best.

    Highest society assassination, conspiracy theories, dark sides of a nation's army, and a kick of comedy when you least expect it - This book is rich and green like a nomad's dream. From the vivid description of the insane paranoia of Gen. Muhammad Zia ul-Haq to the obsessive celibates in the army, this book has a notion of pace and thought throughout itself. The list of arising suspects out of numerous theories of the accident lists a blind woman who has been sentenced to death, a Leftist st...
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    Sarthak Pranit

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    11 Mar, 2013

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    Explosive Book

    An explosive book which reminded me of Catch-22 all the way in it's easy humour and scenario. Hanif writes with a flair which just pushes you to go on from one page to the next. The character of Ali Shigri also reminded me of the Yossarian from Catch-22 with his ability to get into trouble and wriggle out of it and yet Shigri has his own personality quite different from Yossarian.

    The plot is intricate and Hanif writes a very believable fiction. All in all, a must read
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    Babar Imam

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    5 Jul, 2012

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    Just for intelligents

    I purchased the book from flipkart after checking wonderful reviews of it, but I was disappointed. The book is humorous, but only for intelligent heads, and I am not one of them. I found it boring and dragged to complete it. But some incidents are good, so 2/5.
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    Ruchir Pathak

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