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MOTH SMOKE: A REVIEW
Sumandra Singh | 26 Feb 2008

this is the story of decline of daru as he is captivated by the lady who is the cause of his decline. like the moth his life end in the pursuit of his love, "THE FLAME".

this is the story of decline of daru as he is captivated by the lady who is the cause of his decline. like the moth his life end in the pursuit of his love, "THE FLAME".
 
Let my wings be engulfed and burned to ashes by the flame, but my love seeks me to return to love THE FLAME.
The harmony of Daru’s world begins to stir with the arrival of his fried and his wife Mumtaz. And with the nuclear tests on both sides of the border of India and Pakistan, Daru looses his job and his electricity snapped and he begins to move in the high profile parties in the porch localities, well curtained by the high rising walls and their driveways lined with oil sipping hungry beasts, Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota land Cruiser. And thus begins Daru’s decline after falling in love with Mumtaz and this love is mutual.
Written, with the nuclear test in background, Moth Smoke deals with the political turmoil in Pakistan and the unrest in the souls in the Pakistani youth and the discontent for the falling Pakistani economy, this is an ultimate narrative.
Well, this is the story of decline of Daru and finally burning to ashes in the quest of his love the flame “SHAMA”. This is yet another master piece by Moshin Hamid. Such is the caliber of this writer form Pakistan that his very second novel was nominated for the Bookers. The lively language always keeps you glued to the book.