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The Art of Survival

By 10 February 2012 No Comment

Newsline asks Pakistani writers for three tips on how to survive in Pakistan in 2012.


Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008), longlisted for the Booker Prize and the winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Awards. His latest book is Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011).

Open a small dairy farm or at least buy a cow or a buffalo or a goat: A highly placed source has informed me that whatever might happen in the country, we are not going to stop eating meat or drinking milk.

Grow your own vegetables: If you are not a big meat person or happen to be lactose intolerant, start growing your own vegetables. It’s easy, all you need is a handful of earth, a few drops of water and a few seeds.

Start your own blog: If you start doing the above two, you’ll have lots of time on your hands. Cows are not very interactive, plants will communicate to you maybe once in a month, so you can fill your hours by writing about the joys of farming. Soon you’ll have a dedicated following, wouldn’t be long before you are offered a book deal or asked to write a colum in a foreign newspaper. And you’ll have enough money to buy all the milk and meat and vegetables you want from the market.

Amna R. Ali is an assistant editor at Newsline.


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