Markings Publishing launches its new title, ‘For Faith, State, and the Soul: A History of Popular Culture in Pakistan’, authored by acclaimed Pakistani historian Nadeem Farooq Paracha, popularly known as NFP. He is a widely published author and historian. He was a student activist in the mid 1980s before joining journalism in 1990, first as a political reporter and then as a cultural critic. He was accepted as a Research Scholar by the International Forum for Democracy in Washington DC.
In 2005, Paracha began writing a weekly column, Smokers Corner, for one of Pakistan’s leading news publications. He has authored five best-selling books on the social and political history of Pakistan. “Popular culture emerges from the people for the people. It is organic. Unfortunately, its history and evolution hasn’t been very well documented in Pakistan. My book attempts to explore this evolution as a way to celebrate it, and more so, understand what drives it,” he said.
CEO, Kiran Aman said; “We are delighted to publish NFP’s work, reflective of his signature satire and his unique lens on the history of Pakistan. This edition of the book is a fascinating journey through Pakistan’s popular culture, relevant across generations.” The publishing house was founded in 2010 with a vision to nurture a platform that encourages a diversity of expression. Now in its twelfth year, it continues to provide avenues for giving voice to such expressions through words, pictures, performance, and other alternate styles of communication having launched many critically acclaimed and award winning titles in the past.
For Faith, State and the Soul chronicles 75 years of the country’s cultural traditions, initiatives and victories. Divided into pre-partition and post-partition, it chronicles decades leading up to 2020, the book creatively illustrates the evolution of popular culture within Pakistan over the decades, while authoring the socio-political events which have navigated this culture over the years. The book is available in all leading bookstore across the country for readers to enjoy.