The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch

Sanam Maher’s book, “The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch” is a very well researched and informative book. I bought this book in impulse, from Lahore. Though I had little interest in Qandeel Baloch as an individual, but still I wanted to know the facts surrounding her life and death. Baloch, who shot to fame with her sultry videos was a poor village girl, who had a difficult life, moved out after a divorce and wanted to make a life for herself, doing what she knew best, singing, acting etc. In that, she wen’t a little overboard and challenged the otherwise conservative values of our society. In doing this she got instant fame and hate. As is wont to happen in such cases, she made a lot of enemies, some within her own family, which ultimately resulted in her own death at her younger brother’s hands, who actually drugged the whole family and strangulated his sister while she slept. While all this is common knowledge thanks to our pathetic media which somehow is more concerned about people’s personal lives than the actual issues affecting our society, IMHO the book covers a lot of other issues which somehow have largely remained unquestioned and unanswered.

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