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The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch

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Bold’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Siren’ were just some of the (kinder) words used to describe Qandeel Baloch. She embraced these labels and played the coquette, yet dished out biting critiques of some of Pakistan’s most holy cows. Pakistanis snickered at her fake American accent, but marvelled at her gumption. She was the stuff of a hundred memes and Pakistan’s first celebrity-by-soci ...more
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Published May 20th 2018 by Aleph Book Company
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Anum Shaharyar
More than a year after she made her last video or uploaded her last photograph, we are not done talking about what Qandeel did.

I’m so, so glad Sanam Maher wrote this book, because someone needed to. Pakistan is, let’s face it, a country bursting with issues that we don’t talk enough about. We’ve got more problems than we can count, and on top of that, we’ve got those who will choose to ignore our problems in favour of pointing at other countries and screaming ‘but they’re so oppressive/racist/RA
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book starts with the news of Qandeel's murder making headlines on national television and the tug of war between news channels about capturing the footage of her body and their tussle in interviewing her family. This book answered all my questions about Qandeel and why was she suddenly in the news. Very wonderfully written, this book highlighted all the people who knew Qandeel from her beginning, people who were sad that she was killed, people who were praising her brother for killing her. ...more
Saba Imtiaz
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional, incredibly engaging book that goes beyond narrating the life and death of Qandeel Baloch and explores local culture, social media-fuelled fame and how it's changing society and politics and popular culture, and the toxic masculinity that dogs the lives of women in Pakistan. Highly, highly recommended.
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In the book ‘The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch’, Sanam Maher describes the life of Qandeel and captures the after effects of her death.

Qandeel Baloch, an internet sensation had captured the attention of many people worldwide with her “bold” videos. Who knew she would be found dead just after six months to her rise to fame. Journalist Sanam Maher has done an extensive amount of research to fi
Madhulika Liddle
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dubbed ‘Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian’, Qandeel Baloch was a social media maverick, the very personification of scandal. Thousands avidly followed her on social media, watching videos of her as she danced, sang, and lisped outrageous promises—to strip for Shahid Afridi if his team managed to defeat the Indian cricket team, for instance—in broken English with a fake American accent. Many thousands (millions?) more hated Qandeel. They hated her ‘shamelessness’, as they called it. They thought she besm ...more
Chitra Ahanthem
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karachi based journalist Sanam Maher’s ‘The Sensational Life &Death of Qandeel Baloch’ is more than just a biography of an Internet sensation who was killed by her own brother, for though the book brings to us the bits and pieces about the many facets of Qandeel Baloch, it is also about the larger story of the socio cultural moorings in Pakistan and how ‘going viral’ spins off a complex world. In her author’s note, Sanam Maher says, “It has not been easy to write a story that everyone thinks ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m going to think about this one for a while and then write a full review. But this book is extremely well written, well researched and talks less what she did as a person and more about the society she lived in.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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what a tremendous book. This isn't a conventional biography, rather it attempts to understand the world Qandeel lived in as much as Qandeel herself. Maher notes in the beginning that Qandeel was a persona created by Fauzia Azeem and avoids from rhapsodizing or trying to slot Qandeel/Fauzia into a neat category. In doing so, perhaps she showed more respect to the deceased than most of us did in her lifetime.
Rumsha  A {Stories.and.plot.twists}
I never buy books that are worth more than 250 Pkr, my logic is; when you can buy 4 for 1000 Pkr, why get your hands on only one ? But the moment i heard that a book was launched on Pakistan's first social media star who was killed for honor, i knew i had to get it. I bought 'The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch' for 1135 Pkr from a local bookstore, and dove into the book headfirst.

My initial thoughts were; Why is there even a need to waste so many words on a woman who couldn't respe
Ariba Naushad

Qandeel Baloch. I didn’t even know who she was until my friend mentioned her name in front of me. I didn’t know much about her until her death on July 15th. That’s when I started to research more about her. Honestly, I admired her cause even after all the hate she got from her videos she still kept doing them. And that to me is a sign of a brave women.

The book touches base on a lot themes that exist within the Pakistani society like body issues, racial issues etc. Talk about how women com
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like many Pakistanis, I'd grown up with an image of the Multan in my head: dusty, desert-oasis with the mountain-sized blue-tiled tomb of Shah Rukun-e-Alam looming like a herald of the apocalypse. Larger than life. Too dramatic to be seriously true. It's only when you're standing at the entrance of Shah Rukun-e-Alam that your childhood fantasy and adult perception come colliding-- your mind can only think of one thing: 'That's it?'

The tomb is in the middle of the bustling Old Multan, markets te
Arathi Unni
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Qandeel Baloch was a model-singer-actress in Pakistan and became a raging Internet sensation to be one of the most googled people in the country. Her story of rags-to-fame (not riches) is the kind of stuff that blockbusters are made of. However sadly, hers was not a fictional blockbuster, but the story of a living dreaming fighter that ended abruptly like a broken record. Sanam Maher brings into life the story of Qandeel and everything that led to her death.

The first I heard of honour killing wa
Shumaila Taher
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She rose to fame through her videos posted on various social media, often termed as vile, vulgar, and unislamic by those who kept a vigil at the online activities of anyone who didn't conform. Qandeel Baloch soon started garnering a lot of attention, both nationally and internationally, and she was hated as much as admired for her courage to defy norms, and do what she pleased. Having been on the receiving end of exhaustive threats, and abuses, Qandeel feared for her life. She felt scared. She k ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Qandeel Baloch. Overdramatic. Fierce. Confident. Bold.

These words pop in your mind the moment you read her name. I honestly didn't like or approve of the life she lived. But it's a free world and she made a choice. A choice that goes against the norm of our conservative society. A choice that has deadly consequences. She faced one too in the name of honor killing. Her brother decided to kill her in the name of
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Shehar Rizvi
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch” is much more than a biography of Qandeel Baloch. It not only talks about her life and death but also talks about the journey that transformed her from Fauzia Azeem to Qandeel Baloch. It gives a peek into the life of the people she was surrounded by, in her short-lived journey. Sanam Maher has done a great deal of research, travelling and meeting all these people and has written a very engaging read.

The book starts with her dead body being disc
Privy Trifles
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always been in awe of women who have become famous after becoming an internet sensation. Be it Kim Kardashion, Qandeel Baloch or closer home, Rakhi Sawant. Their antics have always made heads turn (not literally). They have managed to grab the limelight and rule it for sometime before the internet decided to crown the undisputed queen of viral content.

All seems to be hunky dory till the news of Qandeel Baloch's death comes into the picture. Or should I rightfully say, the news of her murd
Shreya Prakash
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well written book, that offers a mix of view points and perspectives on the matter.
What comes through and is at the very least my takeaway, is the alarming fact that there are places still so regressive in the world where religion, culture, tradition justifies murder quite easily to the minds of its people.
Saddened by the account. This should not have happened and also, there doesn't seem to be any hope that this will not happen again. In fact, it is already happening.
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Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had shivers while reading this book. It's a sad reality of Pakistan and Sanam Maher did a brilliant job. She did justice to Qandeel.
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Sabahat Iqbal
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really well researched and, perhaps more importantly, well written. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not greatly written but wonderfully researched!
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