Thursday, February 16, 2006

books

Sat Shri Akal!


I am a very keen reader (writer too, but that is another story). Most books i read are about spirituality or about India.
So last week's book was:"Het huis van de moskee" (The house of the mosque) written by Kader Abdolah. Kader Abdolah is amazing! He is an Iranean refugee in the Netherlands, who writes in perfect Dutch but with a beautiful touch of his Persian background. Dutch is a very straight language but he makes it sound poetic and fluent.
Kader Abdolah is his writer's name. Kader and Abdolah are two friends of him who were killed in Iran. By using their names they will never be forgotten.
Now about this book (i do not know if the english translation is already available), it pulls you in the world of islam. The real world of islam, the soft side of islam. Islam as a way of living. And yes, it ends up in the time of ayatolla's, when friends becomes ennemies, when love becomes hate. It shows how the muslims themselves suffer by this. Extremism is not what muslims want, it is the choice of a few and a full nation(s) suffers by it.
It is a beautiful book, not only because of the story, but the way it is written. The writer himself was in danger in his country and by his religion, but still he does not hate. And again, it is so well written.
And the best part is, i will meet him on Friday!!!!!!
He will come to one nearby town and i will go there to listen to his reading.
As a social worker my mainfield is "caring for refugees" so you can imagine i have alot to ask him. If i am not too shy, overwhelmed by his personality.
So this week am (re)reading other books of him. Oh if i had only one percent of his talent....

And no, no i am not one of the sikh "girls" (thank you) who is dragged into islam. But yes, I have some very kind muslimfriends! But i am sikh, no doubt about that. Wasn't Guru Nanak Dev Ji not befriended with his muslimcompagnon? So...

2 Comments:

Blogger Say it in Dutch said...

I wonder what you mean when you say Dutch is a very straight language...


Greetings,

Yorien

Friday, February 17, 2006 3:00:00 PM  
Blogger manpreet kaur said...

Dear Yorien,

Oops, i did not want to say anything wrong about your and my own language!
What i meant is that most of the time Dutch is a no nonsense language. As most languages it is used for shopping, teaching, explaining etc. Some writers use their language with so much beauty that it almost seems like another language.
Well this mr. Kader Abdolah has mastered Dutch so well on such a sort time. It is amazing how "liquid" his words are.
And by the way, his writing is a lot more fluent than his speaking. But anyhow he is a great writer and he gave me a wonderful evening.
Did you read any of his books?

love

Monday, February 20, 2006 9:59:00 PM  

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