- 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: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
From Dunes to Dior Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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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