Zahid Munir Amir’s travelogue “Jazeere ka khwab” provides a doting lens to its readers with which to unravel the culture, language and history of Mauritius. The travelogue describes it as a “dream,” was launched under the patronage of the Roots International School and the Mauritius embassy on Monday.
“Zahid has described his experiences in visceral and gripping language, leaving no transgression between the author and the reader,” shared Syed Sardar, the Chief Editor of Monthly Akhbaar-e-Urdu.
Those nearest to the author suggested that his long affair with writing had lent him a vivid, linguistic lens with which to view his surroundings. This explains, in some part, his ability to craft a book from a weeklong visit to Mauritius.
In discovering the lingering traces of Urdu-speakers in the country, the author felt an urgency to transcribe his experiences in the language that was nearest to him, with the hope that as the second book about Mauritius to be published Urdu, his layered narrative, peppered with humor and well-built expression, could encourage the growth of the language in the country.
Mauritius High Commissioner Rashad Duraewood views the book, as an invitation to Pakistanis to visit the island. “Zahid aptly describes Mauritius as a dream, and this is what we are, a place to dream.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2013.
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