- File Size: 322 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083AJ294
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
From Dunes to Dior Kindle Edition
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After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohadoha.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.
Top Customer Reviews
Soon you'll be hooked and she'll pull you into this tiny Middle Eastern place with wit and love. For example, on the wonderful mix of cultural juxtapositions she makes the observation, "...between gorging on McDonald's and fasting during Ramadan, flashing Gucci shoes but covering your hair..."
Later, you'll delve into her intriguing experience with having a child abroad and she'll draw you into her world and her experience by telling you, "A person's exterior is the first frame of reference here. And if you do not fit into one neat category of race, as our son so effortlessly fails to do, then many of your interactions with strangers will be the fodder of endless conversation gaffes."
Mo is a gifted writer, but even more importantly, she is a gifted communicator. Her observations are timeless for any human trying to find their way abroad or at home.
As Qatar begins to take it's place on the international stage, the curiosity of the outside world is heightened in trying to figure out this lesser-known State.
The biographical accounts are lyrical, amusing at times, but exceptionally realistic. I found myself reminiscing and reflecting on my own experiences, as I read through the anecdotes. Now that I have returned to my home country, I often find myself longing and yearning for a return to the life I had there. Perhaps the withdrawal symptoms are natural, but through this book, I had the pleasure of revisiting my second home with all the glamour it offers in the obscene wealth and dust-clouded developmental challenges expatriates face on a daily basis.
Mohanna's reflections do not sand-blast the reality but in fact provide factual and blatant accounts of the deep fissures in Qatari local and expatriate society. She paints a clear picture of the rapidly transforming views and how she has observed and participated in bridging the divides in a fun and candid manner.
This is an absolute must-read for anyone currently living in the Gulf or planning to work and live there in the future. It is the quintessential guide to cultural acclimatization to life in Qatar and "disrobes" Doha, unveiling a colorful canvas, rather than the barren desert it is thought to be.
Mohana travelled to Qatar (a country the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut) in 2005 to support one of the American universities setting up a branch campus in the capital Doha. Her story of establishing a life and career in the Arabian Desert is shared by thousands of immigrants who have relocated to the rapidly developing country, as many of the people living in Qatar are expatriate workers of multiple nationalities, including migrant workers from across South Asia to American and European professionals.
I was surprised at how little I knew about Qatar, although the tragic recent mall fire had brought the country back into the news. In our haste to get on with our lives it is all too easy to think Qatar must be a bit like Dubai - in the same way that Mohana found that people were constantly finding quick ways to `categorise' her.
Refreshingly positive about this ignorance, Mohana recalls she was made to feel rare, strange, special, and unique at middle and high school in North Florida. At college in North Carolina she felt `like a fly in a glass of milk' an anomaly. In Qatar has name advertises that she comes from India - but her Sri Lankan features cause confusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wasn't what I expected. It was more about the author and her relationship to the indigenous people than about the country overall.Published on January 6, 2014 by June Mounter
very disappoint to buy this book, I am Chinese and never know Qatar before, I was expecting about Qatar's culture, wonderful memories about Qatar's people daily life rather than... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Mei Sun
I loved this book. I could relate to her experiences as a Western woman of color living in an Arab country. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Jessica Saba
Clear,insightful, compassionate writing...a joy to read and such a gift to ponder. If you have ever said to yourself "Why can't we all just get along?" ... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Carriewij
I'm confused by all the good reviews for this book. The author seemed really full of herself. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is that gives me this impression. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Tina Leggio
Well written descriptive. Learned a lot about the Muslim culture. Also about the differences in people's attitudes. The author seems to be well versed in different cultures.Published on August 5, 2013 by sushir
This book takes the reader to a fascinating tour in the Middle East. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar describes with humor her years living as an American/Indian young woman in Qatar and... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by M Nickolas
I'm a little baffled by the rave reviews for this book. It's okay, but nothing special. I was expecting something more about Qatar than the author, but I would say it's more of a... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Living The Dream
I did not enjoy this book as much as normal as I found there was no real story. It is interesting learning about the culture and life there but it seems like a bunch of short... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by DD
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