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Saquib Mehmood's Blog

I am the least likely person to write a few words about myself, not because I am overly secretive about my great life, but because I am simply lazy. It's an effort to think up good things to write about oneself so I will instead stick with the truth. I believe in evolution not creation, I believe in reason not in the mindless ramblings of some unknown god, I think love trumps reason, I believe that humanity has come far beyond all that was good and beautiful in this world and what is left behind is the foul stench of accumulated sweat formed by a thousand millennia of wasted effort, I believe 'hope' and 'goodness' are words used by aliens probably while having forbidden sex on their far off planets, I think "love" is a dark ritual performed by some lost tribe in Amazon and people will do everything in their power to prevent it from infiltrating into the heart of their rotten civilization, I think people will kill you for thinking differently, I believe that eccentrics are the best hope for humanity and arrogance is the only way of dealing with fools, I believe that when the time comes calling one should stand up and fight and fall and stand up and fight again till there is nothing left, I believe that one should not be scared of death and calamity and adversity as they seek the one who is afraid, I believe that 'prudence' is a refuge of sycophants who are afraid of the consequences of honesty, and yes I dream that one day I will take off on a space ship to some far off galaxy and will never turn back...

Currently reading

Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart
Rumi, Coleman Barks (Translator), With A. J. Arberry, With Nevit Ergin
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Rumi, Coleman Barks (Translator), With A. J. Arberry, With Nevit Ergin
November 2013
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Well, I enjoyed this book. And this is perhaps the last good thing that I am going to remember about it. For the last week or...
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
reviewed: The Stranger
What I have read in fact is a translation by Stuart Gilbert, and I don't feel that anything perceptible was lost in translati...
The Stranger - Albert Camus,  Matthew    Ward
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November 2013
10
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I fail to comprehend why most people don't find it in them to sympathise with David Lurie's predicament. He has done nothing ...
Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
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November 2013
08
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The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
October 2013
25
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I cried all night. Such miracle with words: "Last year, I admired the wines. This, I’m wandering inside the red world.Last ye...
The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing - Rumi, Coleman Barks
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October 2013
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August 2013
26
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Impossibly poorly written! I believe some low ranked military staffer wrote it and the book never found an editor. If you wan...
In the Line of Fire: A Memoir - Pervez Musharraf
August 2013
25
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August 2013
24
reviewed: The Prince
I think I am getting awfully fed up with these self help manuals on immoral governance and how to make the world a more miser...
The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli
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Malachi Constant is someone with whom I can readily identify, though god knows I am not as rich.In fact I am poorer by a few ...
The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
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I was left a little underwhelmed by this, frankly!
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
August 2013
04
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I think Vonnegut has beaten me to this idea. I thought, I was the only one with a view that the psychology of homo-sapiens is...
Galápagos - Kurt Vonnegut
July 2013
28
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Fatima Bhutto is a very pretty and classy girl, a fact that often draws adverse comments from jealous and insecure- mostly fe...
Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir - Fatima Bhutto
July 2013
27
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Commenting, reviewing or adding to something that David Foster Wallace has written is few notches above my abilities. There a...
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace
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July 2013
23
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Haha, She is hilarious! She is so over the top and out of control, and I naively thought that I was the crazy one!Good for a ...
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
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July 2013
20
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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is Wallace's way of communicating what a lesser person would deem incommunicable. These men...
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace
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July 2013
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I read it a long time ago and only now I am reminded of it, as the book popped up for some reason on my goodreads page. It is...
My Feudal Lord - Tehmina Durrani with William and Marilyn Hoffer