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Exotica in Pakistan

Book review of Travels in a Dervish Cloak: Adventures in Pakistan

TravelsinaDervishCloak:AdventuresinPakistan IsambardWilkinson Bloomsbury 243pages;Rs499 WhenIsambardWilkinson,thewriterofthebookunderreview,wenttoPakistanin2006astheDailyTelegraph’sIslamabadcorrespondent,hewasinitiallylookingtoretracethejourneyhehadmadetothecountryinthe1990swithhisbrother. ThefirstofthoseearliertripswasoccasionedbytheweddingoftheyoungestsonoftheBegum,aformidablePunjabiwomanandaclosefriendofWilkinson’sIrishgrandmother.Intheseaccounts,MrWilkinsonfillsthe ...