Imtiaz Raina is a young man, born and brought up in England (Sheffield) by his Pakistani parents. He is a young husband to a loving English wife, and a young father. His father's death and the burial rites take him to Pakistan where he discovers a new kind of world, unlike the one he has seen in England, and returns back a transformed man - a revolutionary to his and a few other eyes where he is a man on a mission, while a terrorist to the rest, a resounding majority. It is this new Imtiaz Raina, who journals his life in a somewhat naive and rookish manner in a diary. The book is his diary.
There was a pun-joke I came across a couple of days back. I got it today!
You know you are a mess when you suddenly start to forget simple things, like the name of the instructor. What was it? I am sure I knew it just a moment ago! Darn! I look at the Professor and think, what name does he look like? What am I going to write in the feedback form?
Jean Dominique Bauby, 43, the then editor of the French Magazine Elle, suffered a massive stroke which knocked out his brain stem and left his body completely paralyzed in a rare medical condition called the locked-in-syndrome. His fully functional brain was trapped inside his paralyzed body with only his left eye working, and the only way to interact with the world. This book is his memoir dictated letter-by-letter, identified by the batting of the eyelid as Claude Mendibil iterated her finger over the French alphabet (modified suitably).