Hottie of the week: Mohsin Hamid

Published: May 7, 2013

Status: Married

Born: Lahore, Pakistan

Birthday: 1971

Who is he?

Author of critically acclaimed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, and the latest How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid is at heart a desi Lahori. He describes himself as a ‘mongrel’ (and we’d say he makes a pretty cute one) since he has lived on different continents and now divides his time between London, New York and Lahore. A graduate of both Princeton and Harvard Law School, he has worked for McKinsey and Company in New York City and now works as a brand consultant – all this while also being one of Pakistan’s most renowned English language novelists.

Why we love him

If there’s one thing we visit the yearly literature festivals for, it’s for Mohsin Hamid’s sessions and the readings in his deep, steady voice. He is praised among his peers for his easy-going personality and optimism. With his rough, half-shaved hairstyle, intense brows, boyish smile and that twinkle in his eyes, Mohsin Hamid personifies the nerdy charm we’d expect Pakistan’s most entertaining English language novelist to have.

He always manages to pick the most au courant themes for his books: whether writing about an ex-banker living in post-nuclear test Lahore in Moth Smoke or about a Pakistani man who abandons his American dream after the 9/11 attacks in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin is always tuned in to what we’re going through as a nation. He knows how to spin a yarn and we can only dream of whiling away a thousand and one nights listening to his tales. A man who can play with words has license to play with our feelings, and we love that he writes about taboo subjects in a rather mysterious third person narrative which keeps us completely engrossed.

What you didn’t know about him

Mohsin calls himself “a sucker for love stories.” He believes that be it songs, poetry or any form of expression, love is the central metaphor for looking at human relations. We seem to be connecting with you through love too, Mohsin!

Unlike the general impression of the writer as a loner lost in his own world, Mohsin is a true family man. He loves hanging out and spending time with his family and believes that they make him feel grounded.

Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, May 5th, 2013.

Like MsT on Facebook for your dose of girl talk.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Danish Khan
    May 7, 2013 - 4:49PM

    It’s highly disappointing to see religious apologists being lauded & promoted.All this person has done has fed our addiction to victimhood.The religious right and the Western Far Left may love him for his religious apologia & blame shifting but we should remain rational in our analysis and coverage.Recommend

  • Raheel
    May 7, 2013 - 6:20PM

    Really?

    Recommend

  • amir jafri
    May 8, 2013 - 1:44AM

    @Danish Khan:
    We? who is this “we”?…you mean the liberaloon, secularoon, westoxicarted riffraff like yourself.
    Times have changed buddy, wake up..you are either too old or too backward…Islam is in! Beard and hijab are in! (thanks to Iran and mujahideen)…No more Kar antaa worship..English-medium Ba Ba Blacksheep are looked down upon..arabie farsie is admired , respected, and fashionable..(getting goosebumps?) …wait till your eyes are opened.

    Recommend

  • May 8, 2013 - 1:53AM

    Mohsin Hamid, undoubtedly is one person any sane girl would rate over the usual entries in this ET section. though this ‘hottie’ title is exceptionally tasteless when you talk of men with actual caliber and right amount of grey matter like this author.

    Recommend

  • Ali Rizvi
    May 8, 2013 - 6:26AM

    @ danish khan
    He is anything but a religious apologist. Have you actually read The R. Fundamentalist or A Beheading?
    So far ET has managed to tag eye sores as hotties usually. This is a real one. But I also wonder sometimes, why no hottie is a woman ever?or did I miss those?

    Recommend

  • Rana
    May 8, 2013 - 9:44AM

    ET!!! Bad judgement & silly moderation! You know what i am talking about, don’t you??

    Recommend

More in Magazine