Hank Werlin - Absolutely the best account of the last quarter centuries' events in Pakistan and the ongoing struggle to bring women's issues to forefront and it shows how difficult it is to bring about change in attitudes in an Islamic society.
Arifa Khandwalla - I read this book straight through without putting it down. It truly is a gripping first person account of Nafisa Hoodbhoy's experiences as a reporter and the nuggets of information she unearthed. Yasmin
-The book is absolutely great. It shows how it is so difficult to get good governance and true democracy in Pakistani orthodox society.
Shabnam Lutfali -Hoodbhoy shows how Pakistan's social fabric changed from a pluralisticand tolerant to an ideologically driven corrupt culture.
Azhar Salahuddin This is a beautifully written book. The author has managed to describe a complex region with surprising clarity and provide a perspective rarely seen.
‘…A remarkably readable and anecdotal account of events in Pakistan. […]Hoodbhoy provides an excellent perspective to a foreign reader of life in Pakistan when, in spite of many dichotomies and contradictions, people co-existed in relative harmony. […] The forte of ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is its rich repertoire of anecdotes and quotable quotes. […] Told in Hoodbhoy’s racy style, politics assumes an exciting dimension.’ —‘Dawn’
‘Hoodbhoy’s lively, and at times daring, eye-witness account provides many insights into Pakistan during her sixteen years at Dawn [and] reveals complex political machinations as well as the many shortcomings of the Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif governments, including flagrant corruption… Her harrowing and riveting tale [draws its value from] the events that she reported and witnessed and which provide the key to the discordant forces battling for control in Pakistan today.’ — Muneeza Shamsie, ‘Journal of Postcolonial Writing’
'A powerful and courageous voice that represents the best of Pakistan’s emerging journalism… The first insider view of developments in Pakistan on the road to democracy.' —Shuja Nawaz, Director, South Asia Center, The Atlantic Council of the United States, and author of ‘Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within’