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  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes

  • By: Mohammed Hanif
  • Narrated by: Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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There is a saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988?

Was it because of: mechanical failure; human error; the CIA's impatience; a blind woman's curse; generals not happy with their pension plans; the mango season? Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

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  • A case of exploding mangoes

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-18

An absolute pleasurable presentation of facts wrapped in humour

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Reviewed: 07-08-15

The narrator gave life to the characters with as pert performance of accents, tone, language, idiosyncrasies of character and personalities.
The author was very good at the military terminology and representation of the characters to their real life personalities. I say this because many of these were known to my parent's personally and I lived in Pakistan at the time.
Some of the sexual details of two characters, I found to be in bad taste.