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Acidity

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For the condition of acidity, see acid.


Acidity is a controversial novelette written for the popular South Asian website Chowk.com by the notoriously eccentric Pakistani music critic and writer Nadeem F. Paracha. Dealing with the rapid social and political changes taking place after the Cold War, the story is also about the author's five-year plight as a heroin addict. Written in a style reminiscent of William S. Burroughs Cutup method and early Dada lietrature, Acidity viciously attacks modern consumerism, capitalism and organized religion. Though disturbing in its imagery, a rude and bizarre brand of slapstick humor cuts across the book as well. Fans of the novelette have called it as the writer reaching a peak of anarchic brilliance, while its detractors have called it a work of a crank. The novelette was mostly attacked by religiously inclined readers (both Muslim and Hindu) and by supporters of modern consumerism in India and Pakistan.

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