Book Review: Karachi you’re are killing me by Saba Imitiaz


ISBN – 978-8184004601

Genre: Fiction

Publishers: Random House

Price: Rs. 225/- ( P.S: I got the book from the publisher for a review)

Ayesha is a twenty-something reporter in one of the world's most dangerous cities. Her assignments range from showing up at bomb sites and picking her way through scattered body parts to interviewing her boss's niece, the couture-cupcake designer.

In between dicing with death and absurdity, Ayesha despairs over the likelihood of ever meeting a nice guy, someone like her old friend Saad, whose shoulder she cries on after every romantic misadventure. Her choices seem limited to narcissistic, adrenaline-chasing reporters who'll do anything to get their next story, to the spoilt offspring of the Karachi elite who'll do anything to cure their boredom.

Her most pressing problem, however, is how to straighten her hair during the chronic power outages. Karachi, You're Killing Me! is Bridget Jones's Diary meets the Diary of a Social Butterfly, a comedy of manners in a city with none.

Behind The book
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About the author

Saba Imtiaz is a journalist based in Karachi. Her work has appeared in the Guardian and the Christian Science Monitor. This is her first novel.

Me thinks

After reading the scatter here is too great I was actually looking forward to read more of such books which dealt with a country that is mirror image of ours, so similar and yet so different. Bilal Tanveer’s book touched me emotionally making me upset for some time while this book was a refreshing change.

It made me laugh, smirk and giggle as I kept turning page after page drowning myself into a book which is the perfect mixture of Bridget Jones Diary and The Diary of a Social Butterfly! It made me see a Karachi which was way different than the one I had seen in the previous book.

And for sure I was smiling just the way I did when I had read Desperate in Dubai. As a woman there is a level at which I connect with such stories, a part of me which agrees to all that is being written and smiles on seeing the various dissimilar similarities (if there is any word like that!!)

For a debutant the author has done an excellent job. Be it the narration, the character sketch or description of locales it is a wonderfully dealt with. The author has an impeccable grip on the subject and the storyline. She knows where she wants to take it and she does it brilliantly without letting the reader’s attention divert even for one moment.

Strongly recommended to each and every one lover of Bridget Jones Diary out there for now we have our very own version of it to be enjoyed!

Foodie Verdict

Source: Google Images
This book is like "phoolwadi"- spicy, tangy and teasingly delicious!


  1. Love the way you reviewed the book. I shall bookmark the same to read:)

    1. :)

      Wow glad to read this comment Vishal. Please do and let me know how you found it!


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