A Tale Told paints a picture with Pakistan's socio-political motifs--its shadows, its silhouettes. It has a Bemisal. It has a Musallat. It has a Daulat Ghulam. It has generals and parliamentarians, and tells of ethnicities and manipulation. But no truths are told. It is not even historical fiction. It is what any well told tale is: a story that touches chords that resonate.