John Butt came to Swat in 1970 as a young man in search of an education he couldn't get from his birthplace in England. He travels around the region, first only with friends from his home country, but as he befriends the locals and starts to learn about their culture and life, he soon finds his heart turning irrevocably Pashtoon. Containing anecdotes from his life both before and since he shifted to Afghanistan, and with a keen and optimistic attitude towards becoming the best version of himself, John Butt tells a wonderful and heartfelt tale of a man who finds a home in the most unexpected place.
Prologue I. Friendship II. Yin and Tang III. Talib Farmer IV. Sectarianism V. A Talib’s Trade VI. Talib Prisoner VII. Panjpiri Warrior VIII. Captive Englishman IX. The Book of Allah X. Pashtoons in Deoband XI. Sufi Saint XII. Modern Mulla XIII. Frontier Gandhi XIV. From Flower-Power to Dawa Power XV. Journalism Nursery XVI. BBC XVII. Storyteller XVIII. Battleground of Education Illustrations Footnotes Epilogue Acknowledgements