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- Print Length: 100 pages
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- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083AJ294
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From Dunes to Dior Kindle Edition
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And Mohana (Mohanalakshmi) Rajakumar is one such American. Born in India but raised in the US and possessing American citizenship along with a Ph.D from the University of Florida, Dr. Rajakumar presents the challenges and opportunities of living and working in another nation, the nation of Qatar.
This book is a well written, insightful, and respectful look at life and society in one Middle Eastern nation. The author, a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar for nearly eight years, shares her observations and insights into living as an expat in an area of the world which is constantly in the news.
Just as she challenges the native Qataris and other nationalities who live and work in the desert nation with her western dress and East Asian appearance, she also challenges the readers to consider the stereotypes, from both sides of the world, that cause us to make assumptions that she seeks to debunk. Weaving the personal with the academic, religious, and even political Rajakumar's From Dunes to Dior is a book about someone living in another nation and culture who herself is multinational in the best sense of the word.
If you are interested in an contemporary view of one key area of the Middle East then read this book. From discussions about maids, drivers, and driving to national development and international relations, this book is a must read.
In From Dune to Dior, we're taken on a first hand tour of the country of Qatar, a small country situated in the middle east. Normally, just hearing about their daily lives would fascinate me, but in this collection of essays we're given the bonus attraction of daily life there through the experiences of a South Asian woman learning to live and cope in a society both different and the same as our own. We get to see how outsiders are looked upon and treated as well as the barriers and stigmas many are forced to live with and, at times, break through.
I don't want to give away too much, but I will say this was one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. I've always been a fan of pushing my boundaries in both understanding and acceptance and this book scratched that itch and left me wanting to know more about Qatar and India, among other countries. If you're interested in expanding your world, this is a definite must read.
After living eight years of my life in Qatar; while reading From Dunes To Dior in my living room in the USA, I was instantly transported back Doha, Qatar; it was like I had never left. I was reliving every moment over again so vividly, but with clarity and understanding, realizing why Qatar will always have a special place in my heart.
I applaud Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar for writing From Dunes to Dior!!!
From Dunes to Dior was probably my favorite of the two books by Mohana. Love Comes Later was by no means a slouch though. It was comprised of a series of essays written while she lived in Qatar. They are socially, politically and culturally intriguing. They're also economically, racially, religiously and intellectually captivating.
I was hungry for some non-fiction, and I got it. It made me miss my friends, and wonder what their opinions are of the Mediterranean, after having been there for two weeks. I also wonder how their opinions would change over time, and change based on whether they are tourists, or people investigating a new way of life. I'm not sure that they fit either of those categories, but none the less, I wonder how reality so far has differed from their newest experiences.
I wonder, mostly because of the book, from Dunes to Dior. Mohana's writing is almost like that of a good friend telling a story when they arrive back home. I read it and imagine her visiting parents or relatives for Christmas, and telling them stories. She's also probably answering their questions and trying to explain just how different life really is halfway around the world.
There are so many good lessons, and truths, and interesting facts and important messages in this collection. Clearly though, I'm going to leave it up to you to go out, buy the book, and learn something really quite enlightening and interesting all at the same time.
I love to explore and travel. I have always been one of those people who gets up in the middle of the night, realizes it's a 4 day weekend and decides that camping is a good idea. I like roaming. Traveling to far and distant places has not so far been a possibility for me, but if my life had been slightly different, or I'd taken path X instead of Y, I might have ended up in Europe as an au Pair, or more likely the homeless artist making a living in street markets. Or maybe, I'll end up in Space...
In an alternate reality, anything is possible, therefore everything is possible, and possibly happening all at once. This collection though, it makes me actually WANT to travel. It even makes me want to move far away and make on of the alter-naimeless realities I'm so fond of inventing in my head come to life.
Yeah, I got science fiction/time and relativity into a non-fiction review . . . what can I say, it's what I do :P
Manitoba is cold. My house is old.
Dreams keep me warm, and books make me dream.
Now pick up a book, specifically this book. From Dunes to Dior if it wasn't clear enough already. All life's answers (from one corner of the world)
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