Reluctant Fundamentalist

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  • Changez Khan is a young Pakistani man who has just graduated from Princeton. He is excited and full of enthusiasm for what life has in store for him. At this point, he feels the world is his oyster.
  • Princeton: Graduation
  • Finance
  • He gets his first job working as an analyst for a top consulting firm. After a series of tough interviews, he is one of the lucky few that get selected for the role.
  • Underwood Samson Analysts
  • That year, while vacationing in Greece with his friends, he meets Erica. He falls passionately in love with her - and while she does feel for him she is still struggling to get over her previous boyfriend, who died suddenly.
  • Erica's melancholy, however, takes a turn for the worse. She loses the balance of her mind, and in a fit of despair takes her own life.
  • Erica
  • At this point, the attack on the Indian parliament leads to both India and Pakistan mobilising their armies - and there is a military standoff. Changez's innocence is lost as he realises that the US is using Pakistan as a pawn.
  • This is all too much for Changez. He becomes disillusioned with living in the USA. He becomes homesick and quits his job. He is totally alone - no job, no money, no close friends.
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