Shah's style is one of simple prose and overwhelming humour, with an intention to educate and inform his readers, while at the same time amusing them. In this capacity, one could liken Shah's work to the literary devise employed in several books by his father, Idries Shah, who used the wise fool Mulla Nasruddin to illustrate deeper ideas in human understanding.
Shah feels writers let their ego get out of control and ridicules writers for going to "self-congratulatory" literary festivals. He writes on a rigid schedule.
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