It’s me again, I haven’t had a lot of time to read, or do practically anything else lately, but at least I managed to get through this wonderful book.
I’ve been avoiding social media. The distorted views and inflammatory comments on everything from food to war and peace are just too much to look at. So I took a break, made a few status posts so people know I’m alive and did most of my job through Hootsuite by scheduling posts rather than looking at the actual sites.
Because I see pain in the world, and reactions to it, and I can’t fix the world. So I choose not to add to an already (mostly) destructive conversation. I know positive and good conversations exist, but I swear the Facebook algorithm is only bringing up the negative and inflammatory.
Instead, I read The Migrant Report.
I started pre-Paris attacks, and finished post Paris.
It made me feel hopeful. It came from across the ocean, from a different perspective, and it gave me something to latch onto in a dark world.
There are dark bits though, and things that will make you sad, and angry.
Around all of that, though, there are cultural idioms, references to tons of things I had to look up like:
abayas: a loose-fitting full-length robe worn by some Muslim women
recalcitrance: stubbornly refusing to obey rules or orders
It’s been a really long time since I learned a new word. It’s been an even longer time since I read a book that kept me interested from start to finish without a pause.
I loved the narrative and the cultural pieces that worked in and were explained in the most natural ways. Mohanalakshimi obviously writes what she knows and writes well. The prose is fragrant and flowing, the story lines succinct and easy to follow. The message underneath crystal clear.
I needed a book to lift me up and remind me that we are all humans again. Life is pretty awful sometimes. People die who shouldn’t, youth are homeless, and jobs suck, especially when you can’t do the important work and are stuck going through the motions becuase you have to pay bills and not end up homeless yourself.
Mostly I identified with Ali, and my younger self longed for the days of Maryam.
All in all it was a pleasurable read I never would have picked up unless it had been offered on a tour. (That’s almost a lie, because I really like her writing and have read a bunch of her other books, but if it doesn’t show up on Google+, twitter, Facebook or good reads, chances are I forget about it.)
In other news, I’ve been obsessed with reading grrm’s journal on Live Journal. Yes, it exists, and I have a new appreciation for him as a person over and above (gasp) Game of Thrones. And, yes, Live Journal. There are places on the internest people like me still go. We have after all been on here since 1996 or so.
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
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About the book: The penalty for stealing is losing your hand. No wonder Ali can leave his wallet overnight in his office. Crime hovers on the fringes of society, under the veneer of utopia. Police captain Ali’s hopes of joining the elite government forces are dashed when his childhood deformity is discovered. His demotion brings him face to face with the corruption of labor agencies and also Maryam, an aspiring journalism student, who is unlike any local girl he has ever met. Ali and his unlikely sidekick must work together to find the reason so many laborers are dying. Against the glittery backdrop of the oil rich Arabian Gulf, Ali pursues a corrupt agency that will stop at nothing to keep their profits rising. As the body count rises, so does the pressure to settle the source. Can Ali settle the score before the agency strikes again? Get The Migrant Report through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
About the author: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s award winning books have focused on various aspects of life in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar. From Dunes to Dior is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and named as Indie Book of the Day in 2013. Love Comes Later is a literary romance set in Qatar and London and was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013, short listed for the New Talent award by the Festival of Romance, and Best Novel Finalist in eFestival of Words, 2013. She currently lives with her family in Qatar, where she teaches writing and literature courses at American universities. Connect with Mohanalakshmi on her website, Facebook,or Twitter.