I know guys, I haven’t posted something new in a while but it’s just because my laptop’s ill and it’s hell of a task to post using smart-phone. But I am here because I couldn’t stay from you guys and also because I have something good in my hands and couldn’t resist sharing.

So I have been reading a book called ‘The Blasphemy Law’ since the past few days and I have to say it was a hell of a ride.

Since the book’s title has the word ‘blasphemy’  in it, lets talk what it means.

In simple terms blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt to religious persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime. These anti-blasphemy laws are particularly common in Muslim-majority nations.

 

Intense. isn’t it?

So this thriller weaved around the politics of terror in Pakistan,  is authored by Salman Shami who self-published this book around 1.5 months ago and since then the book has been doing wonders and making jaws drop.

As you keep reading about him you shall be even more intrigued about Salman and the book. I really love these authors who make us believe that anything is possible if you just dare take the risk and Salman is one of them.

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Salman Shami was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1966 to a Pakistani Father and a Swiss Mother. He has written since an early age as a means of entertaining himself, family, and friends. Later he wrote junior fiction to have something to read to his own children at bedtime.

Salman has two Masters Degrees and is an Engineer by profession. A busy professional career meant little time to complete the arduous task of writing and publishing a book.

That all changed after he was physically attacked for talking about the injustices caused by blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Shaken by the incident and determined to do something about it Salman decided to go to war with unreasonable people with the only weapon he believes in, the proverbial pen. He hopes to contribute to pushing back the tide of intolerance and hate that threatens to engulf humankind. His cross-cultural background and his experiences in Pakistan shape his unique viewpoint.

Salman has been an outspoken critic of religious fanatics all his life. This has brought him many enemies, some of them powerful. To get an engineering degree in Pakistan students were required to enrol in Islamic Studies. His lecturer for that subject was the same person who co-founded Lashkar-e-Taiba with Osama Bin Laden. Salman used to confront him with questions about of the contradictions in Islam such as why it permitted slavery or why women were not allowed four husbands. His lecturer banned him from his classes. As a young and rebellious teenager, Salman did not realise just how dangerous the man was or how close he had come to being on a kill-list.

During his university years, Salman publicly backed a secular student union against a radical right-wing youth party, Jamaat Islami. In the course of elections, which the secular group won, he escaped being glassed, shot at, and was nearly kidnapped.

Salman lives in Australia with his family. When he is not writing, he travels, plays the guitar, and tinkers with his classic cars.

 

Pretty adventerous. Isn’t it.

So here’s my review of ‘The Blasphemy Law’ in just a few words that would give you a little more idea.

‘Absolutley brilliant, unpredictable and intense!

But what I loved most about this book was how real the thoughts of both protagonists and antagonists were. I mean they gave me goosebumps. The misconceptions propagated in the name of Allah, the stiff belief that only bent according to their greed, a number of characters havng different beliefs and believing only theirs to be right. Amazing.

I want to commend Salman for the amount of research he must have done and detailing that he ensured the story had. Normally it is said that if you include a lot of characters in your story it get’s a bit difficult for the reader to track them and connect with them. But this was not the case here and each character played a significant role in making the thriller as intense it was.

A realistic story with so much light shed on what exactly happens on the inside where corruption and greed are at their peak and the problems tourists and non dwellers of such a place have to face- I loved everything about this book and I am sitting at the edge of my seat for it’s sequel.’

 

So if you want to know more about him do give his Author’s page a visit. You can also contact him on his Facebook page.

This book is currently half-priced in Amazon India. I mean half price. How good is that. Also you can read some chapters for free here.

Have a nice day you guys and do take a look at this fast paced thriller !

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