Book touching daily life issues launchedArchive
ISLAMABAD: Consisting of 19 short stories, social activist Zahid Abdullah’s book “The Wise Man” was launched at a local hotel on Wednesday.
A large number of people from different walks of life participated in the ceremony and appreciated his efforts for bringing out the book, despite being blind.
The stories have been written in a humorous manner.
The book, which gives answers to many issues people face in their day to day life, has been written for the adults but children can also read it because of its simple language and selection of subjects.
While speaking to participants Mr Zahid said writing a book was a beautiful experience. Nothing can give you the sense of honour then the feeling a writer has while writing a book.
“I always wished that writers should come up with original ideas and then I thought that I should try and write some real life stories.
“But writing could not restrict me from drawing inspirations from authors like Khalil Gibran. I initially uploaded some material written on social media and got a very positive response which encouraged me to write the book,” he said.
“I just tried to give answers to the issues people face in their daily life. Instead of pointing out flaws in other people I criticised myself,” he said.
While talking to Dawn Mr Zahid said it took 10 months to write the book.
“When a question was asked from wise man that how a person can become a great journalist he (wise man) replied that one can become a great journalist by unearthing corruption stories and then burying them,” he said.
Aftab Alam, who belongs to a non-governmental organisation Irada, said although he was a lawyer by profession and a bit away from the literature but the stories written in a lighter mode, could not help stop him from reading the book.
“Life has become so busy that people hardly get time to smile. But this book will put smile on people’s face. I will wait for another book,” he said.
Sara Worrall, who edited the book, said she and Mr Zahid worked chapter by chapter and in the end it became a book.
Journalist Umer Cheema said Mr Zahid was a source of inspiration for the disabled persons and by writing a book he had given a good message to the society.
“There is a chapter for every person in the book. Mr Zahid is a role model for others,” he said.
Zahid Abdullah’s two daughters Haniya Mahnoor and Zunaira Zahid also read some paragraphs from the book.
Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2015
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