I, Migrant (2014) by Sami Shah is a book about Shah’s experience growing up in Pakistan, going to college in the US, working in Pakistan during recent turbulent times and then moving to Australia. Shah is a stand up comedian and he manages to make the sometimes horrific material engaging and funny.
The book’s sections on Pakistan are remarkable and readable. Daily life in Karachi is presented and the picture is incredible. Regular theft at gunpoint and bombings are something citizens of the capital must deal with. Shah’s descriptions swerve between the comic, horrific and tragic with real skill.
Shah recounts his fascinating life of working in advertising, TV news and as a stand up in Karachi doing gigs in Second Life and his relationship with his wife and child.
The book is really engrossing and Shas deserves great credit. Well worth a read.