Author: Shahan Pervez
The very first essay of the book is disturbing. It is titled "Shunned by Their Own." This book is a collection of personal and critical essays. The title of the book, "Exploited by My Own," is a theme that appears in many pieces. This does not mean that the book is all about exploitation that goes on at the heart of Pakistan called Lahore. Exploitation by one's own is something that happens worldwide, and essays like "Shunned by Their Own" and "Bloodsucking Blood Relations" will pierce the soul of the reader.It is established that blood is thicker than water, but the author believes that water can be purer than blood, and he argues it in his second essay. Relationships based on love can be stronger than many blood ties. Many aspects of his culture Shahan has criticized in this essay collection. South Asians believe that their Arranged marriages are more successful than Western love marriages. However, though a Pakistani, the author does not share this belief and proves his cultural belief wrong with his essay, "Success is Not Always Measured by the Results." He stresses that even though the divorce rate is higher in the Western world than in South Asia, Western love marriages are more successful than Pakistan or India's arranged marriages. With his background in philosophy and critical mind that does not accept anything without carefully examining it, Shahan Pervez has come up with such a thought-provoking essay collection that his own may sue him for coming up with essays like "Success is Not Always Measured by the Results" and "A Gold Medalist on the Waiting List." The themes he has written on are universal. Creative Nonfiction breaks all boundaries, and Shahan knows how to connect with the reader through shared emotions. This essay collection will make the readers reflect.