The Party Worker by Omar Shahid Hamid
For Asad Haider, betraying the man and the “Party”, that had been his life for twenty eight years, was not an easy choice. But it was a choice he had to make. The hunter becomes the hunted and his “system” is used against him, by the very people he trained to spread terror.
Along with Asad, who now has to learn how to be a victim, the stream of characters, racing through the streets of Karachi and New York, add masala to this action packed novel. A don-styled leader(now if you know a bit about politics in Pakistan, it won’t be difficult to put a face to the don), with his goons(obviously in the garb of local politicians), an eighty year old Parsi, spitting profanities at every opportunity, a burnt out NYPD cop along with his rookie partner(sadly caught up in this subcontinental drama), all have their own stories to tell. Asad links them all, and what the reader gets is, an intricately woven web of deceit, gang warfare, desi politics and copious amounts of drama. And to sensationalize the entire plot, there is even a journalist who dreams of writing a bestseller; the material is all there on the streets of Karachi and by adding his own two bits to the chaos, he starts stringing together a narrative, that will rewrite the political scenario of the country.
The characters connect and the writing is credible, capturing the essence of the different cultures and their idiosyncrasies, with generous use of colloquial terms.
Hamid’s effortless writing eludes finesse and proficiency. The Party Worker brings forth the harsh reality of party politics in the subcontinent- tables turn and power is auctioned to the mightiest. The story lays bare the underbelly of a complex city, dissecting it’s functioning, and revealing an ugly reality; a reality we all are aware of, but are too scared or disinterested, to change.
Adrenaline pumping, crackling and explosive, this new novel, Hamid’s third actually, brings the narrative to life. As you race through the novel, similar to a motion picture experience, you don’t know what hits you!
Now before you start reading The Party Worker, a bit of advice – catch up on your sleep because this one is impossible to put down!
Artika Aurora Bakshi
Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror.
She co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts.
She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance.
Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com.
She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016.
An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members.
Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook.
Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults.
You can reach Artika at firstname.lastname@example.org .