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Daughter of Destiny

I just finished reading Daughter of Destiny. It's a powerful story of how evil can be challenged by people who are willing to risk their lives for what they believe in. Benazir Bhutto was imprisoned or detained for 7 years but never wavered in her belief that what she was doing was right for her country. One paragrahp in particular haunted me (at the beginning of chapter 6) where she talked about the meaning of "I think, therefore I am." She says, "I am having more difficulty with it as the empty hours of detention drag on. I think even when I don't want to, but as the days slowly pass, I am not sure whether I exist at all. To truly exist, a person must effect something, act and cause a reaction. I feel that I have nothing on which to leave an imprint."

The meaning of existence for her is to have an impact. And, of course, if that impact is positive for others, a person can effect amazing change.


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I agree with your words and BBhutto's words. I just joined the group and I am reading the comments about the book of the month.


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powrful woman

Hi Ellen,

Thank you for your comments, I am excited to know that feedback about the book is starting to come in. I am still reading it, and am absolutely amazed. I don't have the book right in front of me, so I am relying on my memory at the moment, but, I loved a piece that Benazir wrote. She was talking about her father and how Zia was trying to quiet democracy, she said, you can't quiet an idea. No matter how much you quiet a person, if that person's message is out, you can't quiet an idea. How incredible.
Our bookclub is so wonderful! I look forward to the road ahead.


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Bhutto and her husband

Hi Jody,
Thanks for reminding us about Benazir's comment that you can't quiet an idea. How true that is.

After reading this book I've been wondering about the corruption charges against Benazir and her husband. Before reading this book I assumed that they were probably true, but now I'm wondering if there's any truth in them or if they were manufactured by her enemies.

I'm wondering if any women from Pakistan are in this group and if they have any insights to share about whether or not it is believed that those charges were true or false.

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I have managed to get the

I have managed to get the book from my friend and now I need time to read it. This week and the next is very hectic. Let's see what happens.


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Daughter of Destiny

Thank you Ellen for kicking off the discussion of this fascinating book. I am about half way through myself and plan to take some time this weekend to finish it. I am so far amazed by the strength, courage and determination of Benazir Bhutto to bring justice to the people of Pakistan. Incredible. And I am also curious to hear from our Pakistan and Indian members who have more insight into Mrs. Bhutto's leadership and politics.

It was interesting to read the article by Fatima Bhutto in the latest edition of World Pulse Magazine. When referring to her aunt she said, "my aunt did nothing to stop the deterioration of women’s rights in Pakistan. She—just like our current government—capitulated to radical Islam and refused to amend the Shariya Laws that infringe on women’s rights."

Nusrat, I am so happy to hear that you found a copy of the book. Please take your time in reading it. While our discussion can begin this week or next, we can continue this discussion into next month and further. We value your insight, opinion and experience as a woman living in Kashmir and a member of our book club!

Happy reading eveyone!


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more to come...

Jade- I love that you mentioned the article written by Fatima Bhutto...I had read the article when it came out and was about half way through the book. From that time on, I begin marking pages that indicated quite the opposite in Benazir's own words as to how women's issues were very much a priority. Interesting....reminds me not to make assumptions and to get more than one point of view...

I am looking forward to going to those pages and visiting this again soon...

best to all,

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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Hi book lovers,

It's an energizing and very connecting experience to be reading a book while I know other WP members are reading the same book, thinking about what's written, personalizing the words, connecting all the dots.

I've been crazy busy with a month long trip and a new job- thus have been slow in reading the Bhutto autobiography. As I am about 3/4 the way through, I continue to think, "This is a woman of true dignity." She's tireless in her determination. I am struck by the relationship she had with her father. The claiming of democracy by the Bhuttos passed from father to daughter. Interesting that the daughter was the champion to what the father started.

It's difficult for me to fathom the abuse and torture that the family went through. It's hard to read these parts and I feel like it's important to read these parts.

Now when I listen about Pakistan on the news, in the paper- there is more depth of understanding. I'm very happy to have more background to Pakistan's history.

Happy reading!


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