I really want this book. CM readers in Lahore/Karachi, with access to a post office and a paypal account, I am looking at you.
From Huma Yusuf's review in Dawn.com:
Readers will enjoy flipping through old advertisements as well as gathering tidbits about brands that they've always consumed, but perhaps never really known.
That said, serendipitous finds â€” essays on artifacts and practices one didn't expect in a volume on Pakistani visual culture â€” are amongst the most engrossing. Michel Boivin's 'Horsemen and Saviours: Iconography in Hindu Communities of 20th Century Sindh' considers the role of the horseman in Hindu visual narratives; Malcolm Hutcheson and Atteqa Ali's 'Rooh Keench: Backdrops for Photography' deconstructs the escapist backdrops for portrait photography; Aasim Akhtar's 'The Mace and the Sceptre: Iconography in Pehelwan (Wrestler) Posters' evokes the fascinating sub-culture of wrestling; and Fancisco JosÃ© Luis's 'Guru Nanak Shah Faqir: Sufi and Shia Elements in the Representation of Guru Nanak' offers a detailed analysis of a mid-19th century portrait of the Sikh guru.
ahem, could we organize a Brooklyn-bound copy also? Looks like terrific fun.
elizabeth: a friend of mine is going to karachi tomorrow; if you want it say the word (damn I think I might get a copy for myself, looks like a keeper)...
sorry, meant to address the above to sepoy too
Qalandar: yes, by all means! let me know what is the most convenient way to render payment.
Email me at umuhajirAThotmailDOTcom...