To be completely honest, I had never heard of Ahmad (or Junoon) until I saw the synopsis for this book. Not that I’m usually particularly “up” on these kinds of things, but I just thought that I should mention it.
This book had a lot of “stop and think” moments. Usually, these were to do with things people said to the author about what it means to be Muslim, but it also had a lot to do with the difference between being “Indian” and being “Pakistani”.
Picking up this book and listening was sort of like being able to listen to Bhutto’s voice from beyond the grave. Reconciliation touches on issues and events that were taking place right up until the month or two before her death. It really was timely and, I think, very necessary for people to be able to really understand what she stood for.
When I picked up this book, I didn’t think that I had read it before. About halfway through, though, I realized that most of the stories sounded really familiar, and I soon figured out that this was a re-read. Still not sure when I read it, but it was likely for a university course in my undergrad.
I really enjoyed this book, even though I’d never heard of Iqbal Masih before.