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  • komal_bibliomaniac - Komal Hashmi @komal_bibliomaniac 10 hours ago
  • Book Review: #whoami turned out to be an enlightening read. It is a collection of 20 interviews conducted by #moneezahashmi who is the youngest daughter of the legendary Faiz Ahmed Faiz & is a well-known name in the world of electronic media with a special connection with PTV. It is based on her program “Tum Jo Chaho Tu Suno” which aired on PTV from 1997 to 1999 & was one of its kind during that era.
The font style which is used in the book gives an illusion of punctuation errors. I totally agree with the point @thebookfreak.pk mentioned that few remarks on height, weight or physical appearances in the introduction of the person being interviewed are stereotypical & judgemental. However, such comments are only sporadic & the rest of the book is exceptional.
Each interview starts with brief background information & a life sketch of the woman being interviewed. These interviews leave the reader yearning for a bit more. The questions are elegantly formulated, extremely relevant with no weird interferences, focused on the work along with their struggle, passion, commitment, inspiration & the support of their families.
It provides an elaborate insight into the soulful journey of the Queen of Sufi music Abida Parveen, the ever charming Babra Sharif & the strong matriarch playing actress Bahar Begum, the phenomenal Bano Qudsia with all her intellectual & humble approach to life, the first ever English language novelist in Pakistan Bapsi Sidhwa, the first female PM of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, the amazing yet down-to-earth humanitarian Bilquis Bano Edhi, the extraordinary life history of Dr. Fatima Shah who did a lot for the blind people, the most kind human & an angel on earth Dr. Ruth Pfau, the melodious Farida Khanum & Malika Pukhraj, the resilient Nasim Wali Khan, the elegant Sabiha Khanum, Shamim Ara & Swaran Lata, the multi-talented Salima Hashmi, the remarkable Tahira Mazhar Ali, the incredible political & social workers Viqar-un-Nisa Noon & Zari Sarfaraz (favorite interviews) & the utterly poetic Zehra Nigah. All these women are the epitome of hard work, dedication, strength & modesty. Each one of them is an inspiration.
Rating: 9/10
#BetterReadsChallenge 78/365 Book Review: #whoami turned out to be an enlightening read. It is a collection of 20 interviews conducted by #moneezahashmi who is the youngest daughter of the legendary Faiz Ahmed Faiz & is a well-known name in the world of electronic media with a special connection with PTV. It is based on her program “Tum Jo Chaho Tu Suno” which aired on PTV from 1997 to 1999 & was one of its kind during that era. The font style which is used in the book gives an illusion of punctuation errors. I totally agree with the point @thebookfreak.pk mentioned that few remarks on height, weight or physical appearances in the introduction of the person being interviewed are stereotypical & judgemental. However, such comments are only sporadic & the rest of the book is exceptional. Each interview starts with brief background information & a life sketch of the woman being interviewed. These interviews leave the reader yearning for a bit more. The questions are elegantly formulated, extremely relevant with no weird interferences, focused on the work along with their struggle, passion, commitment, inspiration & the support of their families. It provides an elaborate insight into the soulful journey of the Queen of Sufi music Abida Parveen, the ever charming Babra Sharif & the strong matriarch playing actress Bahar Begum, the phenomenal Bano Qudsia with all her intellectual & humble approach to life, the first ever English language novelist in Pakistan Bapsi Sidhwa, the first female PM of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, the amazing yet down-to-earth humanitarian Bilquis Bano Edhi, the extraordinary life history of Dr. Fatima Shah who did a lot for the blind people, the most kind human & an angel on earth Dr. Ruth Pfau, the melodious Farida Khanum & Malika Pukhraj, the resilient Nasim Wali Khan, the elegant Sabiha Khanum, Shamim Ara & Swaran Lata, the multi-talented Salima Hashmi, the remarkable Tahira Mazhar Ali, the incredible political & social workers Viqar-un-Nisa Noon & Zari Sarfaraz (favorite interviews) & the utterly poetic Zehra Nigah. All these women are the epitome of hard work, dedication, strength & modesty. Each one of them is an inspiration. Rating: 9/10 #betterreadschallenge 78/365
  • Book Review: #whoami turned out to be an enlightening read. It is a collection of 20 interviews conducted by #moneezahashmi who is the youngest daughter of the legendary Faiz Ahmed Faiz & is a well-known name in the world of electronic media with a special connection with PTV. It is based on her program “Tum Jo Chaho Tu Suno” which aired on PTV from 1997 to 1999 & was one of its kind during that era. The font style which is used in the book gives an illusion of punctuation errors. I totally agree with the point @thebookfreak.pk mentioned that few remarks on height, weight or physical appearances in the introduction of the person being interviewed are stereotypical & judgemental. However, such comments are only sporadic & the rest of the book is exceptional. Each interview starts with brief background information & a life sketch of the woman being interviewed. These interviews leave the reader yearning for a bit more. The questions are elegantly formulated, extremely relevant with no weird interferences, focused on the work along with their struggle, passion, commitment, inspiration & the support of their families. It provides an elaborate insight into the soulful journey of the Queen of Sufi music Abida Parveen, the ever charming Babra Sharif & the strong matriarch playing actress Bahar Begum, the phenomenal Bano Qudsia with all her intellectual & humble approach to life, the first ever English language novelist in Pakistan Bapsi Sidhwa, the first female PM of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, the amazing yet down-to-earth humanitarian Bilquis Bano Edhi, the extraordinary life history of Dr. Fatima Shah who did a lot for the blind people, the most kind human & an angel on earth Dr. Ruth Pfau, the melodious Farida Khanum & Malika Pukhraj, the resilient Nasim Wali Khan, the elegant Sabiha Khanum, Shamim Ara & Swaran Lata, the multi-talented Salima Hashmi, the remarkable Tahira Mazhar Ali, the incredible political & social workers Viqar-un-Nisa Noon & Zari Sarfaraz (favorite interviews) & the utterly poetic Zehra Nigah. All these women are the epitome of hard work, dedication, strength & modesty. Each one of them is an inspiration. Rating: 9/10 #betterreadschallenge 78/365
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  • vitastapublishing - VITASTA PUBLICATIONS @vitastapublishing 1 day ago
  • Air Commodore Nitin Sathe, #author of one of the most inspiring #biographies , 'Born to Fly' shares his life-changing experiences as a helicopter pilot in his #latest book, 'Up in the Sky - Helicopter stories'. The #book is a delightful collection of short stories - of people and places, of thoughts and feelings, of friends and relationships and so much more... Here is a short excerpt from one of the stories, ‘Bus Ride to Nairobi’

Lily offered that I accompany her home to freshen up and get ready for the day. I am glad that I accepted because not only did I get a hot cup of tea, a hearty breakfast but also a precious briefing on how not to get lynched, robbed or arrested in Nairobi. ‘Do you have change to pay for the Matatu?’, she asked as I finally rose to leave. I showed her my dollar bills. ‘A sure shot way of getting robbed! You carry the local currency in coins’, she ordered and returned with more than a handful of coins – change enough to get me through local transport in Nairobi for days.

Kissing the cross around her neck, she said to me, ‘Life is too short, the world is too big and God’s love is too great to live ordinary’. And then, I was on my way.

We go on about our lives and we imagine that the people we meet and befriend on our way, go on about their lives too, taking buses and trains, watching the sun shine and the leaves fall, going to work and going home, paying their bills and drinking tea. I never met Lily or spoke to her again after that day. We, however, remained connected on mails and Facebook. And even though I found out that she died of cardiac arrest a few years later, I still think of her as plonking herself on a seat somewhere, wiping her brow and saying Hello! to a stranger on a bus.

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#booklover #books #vitasta #publishing #bookstagram #reader #nairobi #newbook #bookseller #booklove Air Commodore Nitin Sathe, #author of one of the most inspiring #biographies , 'Born to Fly' shares his life-changing experiences as a helicopter pilot in his #latest book, 'Up in the Sky - Helicopter stories'. The #book is a delightful collection of short stories - of people and places, of thoughts and feelings, of friends and relationships and so much more... Here is a short excerpt from one of the stories, ‘Bus Ride to Nairobi’ Lily offered that I accompany her home to freshen up and get ready for the day. I am glad that I accepted because not only did I get a hot cup of tea, a hearty breakfast but also a precious briefing on how not to get lynched, robbed or arrested in Nairobi. ‘Do you have change to pay for the Matatu?’, she asked as I finally rose to leave. I showed her my dollar bills. ‘A sure shot way of getting robbed! You carry the local currency in coins’, she ordered and returned with more than a handful of coins – change enough to get me through local transport in Nairobi for days. Kissing the cross around her neck, she said to me, ‘Life is too short, the world is too big and God’s love is too great to live ordinary’. And then, I was on my way. We go on about our lives and we imagine that the people we meet and befriend on our way, go on about their lives too, taking buses and trains, watching the sun shine and the leaves fall, going to work and going home, paying their bills and drinking tea. I never met Lily or spoke to her again after that day. We, however, remained connected on mails and Facebook. And even though I found out that she died of cardiac arrest a few years later, I still think of her as plonking herself on a seat somewhere, wiping her brow and saying Hello! to a stranger on a bus. Vitasta Publishing Pvt Ltd www.vitastapublishing.com #booklover #books #vitasta #publishing #bookstagram #reader #nairobi #newbook #bookseller #booklove
  • Air Commodore Nitin Sathe, #author of one of the most inspiring #biographies , 'Born to Fly' shares his life-changing experiences as a helicopter pilot in his #latest book, 'Up in the Sky - Helicopter stories'. The #book is a delightful collection of short stories - of people and places, of thoughts and feelings, of friends and relationships and so much more... Here is a short excerpt from one of the stories, ‘Bus Ride to Nairobi’ Lily offered that I accompany her home to freshen up and get ready for the day. I am glad that I accepted because not only did I get a hot cup of tea, a hearty breakfast but also a precious briefing on how not to get lynched, robbed or arrested in Nairobi. ‘Do you have change to pay for the Matatu?’, she asked as I finally rose to leave. I showed her my dollar bills. ‘A sure shot way of getting robbed! You carry the local currency in coins’, she ordered and returned with more than a handful of coins – change enough to get me through local transport in Nairobi for days. Kissing the cross around her neck, she said to me, ‘Life is too short, the world is too big and God’s love is too great to live ordinary’. And then, I was on my way. We go on about our lives and we imagine that the people we meet and befriend on our way, go on about their lives too, taking buses and trains, watching the sun shine and the leaves fall, going to work and going home, paying their bills and drinking tea. I never met Lily or spoke to her again after that day. We, however, remained connected on mails and Facebook. And even though I found out that she died of cardiac arrest a few years later, I still think of her as plonking herself on a seat somewhere, wiping her brow and saying Hello! to a stranger on a bus. Vitasta Publishing Pvt Ltd www.vitastapublishing.com #booklover #books #vitasta #publishing #bookstagram #reader #nairobi #newbook #bookseller #booklove
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