Aatish Taseer

Aatish Taseer

London, The United Kingdom



Aatish Taseer has worked as a reporter for Time Magazine and has written for the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, Prospect, TAR Magazine and Esquire. He is the author of Stranger to History: a Son's Journey through Islamic Lands (2009) and a highly acclaimed translation Manto: Selected Stories (2008). His novel, The Temple-Goers (2010) was shortlisted for the 2010 Costa First Novel Award. A second novel, Noon, is now available published by Picador (UK) and Faber & Faber (USA). His work has been translated into over ten languages. He lives between London and Delhi.

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Stranger to History: A Son'...

3.64 avg rating — 523 ratings — published 2007 — 20 editions
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The Way Things Were

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The Temple-Goers

2.82 avg rating — 239 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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2.92 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Manto: Selected Stories

4.13 avg rating — 697 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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“Why not stick with the Indic definition? Of Itihāsa! Which is a compound, as you know, iti-ha-āsa, and when broken down, means, literally, The Way indeed that Things Were. That covers everything: talk, legend, tradition, history . . .”
Aatish Taseer, The Way Things Were

“A cultural Muslim: a term my father gave me when I asked him the same question. I used it now, not fully knowing what it meant, more as an out than as an honest answer to Kareem’s question. I had learnt from my experience with my father that the term meant more than just a lax approach to religion: it contained political and historical allegiance to other Muslims.”
Aatish Taseer, Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands

“I had begun my journey asking why my father was Muslim and this was why: I felt sure that none of Islam’s once powerful moral imperatives existed within him, but he was Muslim because he doubted the Holocaust, hated America and Israel, thought Hindus were weak and cowardly, and because the glories of the Islamic past excited him.”
Aatish Taseer, Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands

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