KARACHI: Markings Publishing has launched its new title For Faith, State, and the Soul: A History of Popular Culture in Pakistan, authored by journalist, cultural critique and historian Nadeem Farooq Paracha, also known as NFP.

The book chronicles 75 years of the country’s cultural traditions, initiatives and victories, says a statement issued by the publishing house on Thursday.

Divided into pre- and post-partition eras, the book chronicles decades leading up to 2020s and creatively illustrates the evolution of popular culture within Pakistan, it says.

“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,” said Mr Paracha at the launch of his book.

Marking 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. The book is a fascinating journey through Pakistan’s popular culture, relevant across generations.”

The formal launch of the book was scheduled for Thursday (Aug 11) at the Koel Art Gallery, but had to be postponed due to weather situation.

The book is now available at bookstores in the country and online across the world.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2022

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