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DAUGHTER OF THE EAST

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An unusually moving and challenging account of a brave woman, a martyred family and a heroic country struggling to maintain the spirit of FREEDOM in the face of savage repression” SUNDAY TIMES

 

Benazir Bhutto. You won’t have a hard time placing her if you have an okay general knowledge of international politics. ‘Daughter of the East’ is her autobiography. For a person like me who in spite of being a voracious reader finds biographies and autobiographies boring and dull, this was a slice of heaven. This has become one of my favorites. It is a great book about an amazing journey of one of the world’s most charismatic and spectacular women Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

 

She was born with a silver spoon in a royal conservative family- the family of Bhuttos. Her father was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was once the Prime Minister of Pakistan. With such a royal background Benazir had to face many hardships in her life. Even I at first had a hard time realizing the agony of a Prime Minister’s daughter who spent a considerable time in jail and whose whole family was martyred. But in spite of all the odds, she went on to becoming the first woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. But after two terms in office as the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, she was thrown out of power as a consequence of the bitter political scenario which is still tearing Pakistan apart. She received a good international education and exposure and after her father’s execution by General Zia ul Haq in 1979, she was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988. ‘Daughter of the East’ is an inspiring tale of the strength and courage in the face of adversity. She served twice as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, from 1988 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996.

 

A deeply moving saga of love, drama and heroism”

EVENING STANDARD

 

‘Daughter of East’ has quite a long and detailed preface. The book starts with these powerful lines:

I didn’t choose this life, it chose me. Born in Pakistan my life mirrors its turbulence, its tragedies and its triumphs.”

 

It is the thrilling tale of a woman who fought the blinding religious and cultural bastions in a nation where voices of very few women are heard. In spite of this, she still retains her culture and values. Education in the best universities of the west like Oxford and Havard only made her move even closer to faith and her beloved country. That’s why is in true sense she indeed is the ‘Daughter of the East’.

 

The book is quite systematic and interesting. One of the parts, which I feel is the best is when she got pregnant but had to hide it for the longest time possible just because she did not want any body to question a woman’s caliber or efficiency to be head of the state. Major part of the book is consumed by the hard life of this princess and her mother in jail. Another good part is her visit to Shimla with her father. The time of signing the famous Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan. This is where she had the first face to face experience with diplomacy and politics at her very prime age. But as you’ll read, you’ll find she’s too smart and active to her age, brightest kid of her parents and eldest one too. Her father had a huge contribution in making her the free thinker and brave woman she was. He always advocated religious tolerance and gender equality both in his family and in society. Benazir had a very special bond with her father and was totally shattered by his execution. But even after her father was gone, she never let his values of courage and tolerance fade.

 

Her understanding of the extremes of feminism is extraordinary – feminism of the east, feminism of the west. She sets an amazing example by embracing her eastern values but never losing the fierce western feminism that she exhibited both in her personal life and political arena. It is not without any reason that she is one of the most dynamic leaders of the entire world history. Have a look at the woman’s life who never let marriage, death of father and brother, memory loss of mother, pregnancy, children and family hinder her way in the slightest manner.

 

In my opinion, it is the most extraordinary and the finest work on true feminism, which I’ve come across until now. Her persistence, her endurance and courage truly inspires hearts not to break down ever, even in the darkest and loneliest hours. I’ve never seen any one else carry herself and her rich legacy so so gracefully. This book made me a great admirer of Benazir Bhutto’s personality. ‘Daughter of the East’ is really worth giving a read. You’ll end up realizing that she really justified her name “Benazir” – “ the only one in the entire world, who can’t be compared to anyone”……….

 

 

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INCREDIBLE STORY OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE

ImageThe story of the construction of this incredibly beautiful Brooklyn Bridge is even more unbelievably amazing. The idea of this spectacular bridge came to one of the finest engineers of all time, John Roebling in 1883. He had a vision to make a bridge that would connect Long Island and New York. Engineers throughout the world thought that constructing a bridge of such type was simply impossible, but the vision of Roebling was much ahead of his time and his determination was not shaken in the least by the demoralizing opinions of his contemporaries.He simply could never afford ignoring the idea and vision of his suspension bridge. While rest of the world was busy thinking this was practically impossible, Roebling remained determined in his heart. He knew deep down there that this could be done and then he finally convinced his son Washington, an upcoming engineer to build the bridge of his dreams. This was the very first time that they were working together. So they started with lot of enthusiasm, made the plan and hired a crew. And the work began. But after a few month’s work a tragic accident at the site caused death of Roebling. In spite of the death of his father Washington did not give up and continued the work his father had started. But soon Washington suffered a very bad fate too. He suffered a brain damage and was so badly injured internally that his whole body became immobile. He could move only 1 finger.

As the work started, they received all sorts of negative comments that it is foolish to chase such dreams which are totally impractical. But handicap Washington was not disheartened by it in the least. He and his father were the only ones who had faith that the mission could be accomplished. Though he tried convincing many of his friends about the project but none of them showed any interest or faith. One day as Washington was lying on his hospital bed, an idea came into his mind, but what could he do? All he could do is move one finger! He decided that he would develop a code by communicating with his wife by moving a single finger. Thus with the tapping of his finger he made a code that only his wife understood and she passed on the instructions to the crew. For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed.

 The story of the Brooklyn bridge is the best example of “Never – Say – Die” attitude. It is the story of a man’s unbreakable determination who was considered crazy by rest of the world. It is also one of the best examples of the amazing team spirit Washington’s crew had. It teaches us that the dreams that are chased by persistence and determination always come true no matter what the odds are. Brooklyn Bridge is the spectacular symbol of the victory of a man’s determination over unwelcoming circumstances. Feel free to dream. No one can stop you. DREAM AND DREAM BIG. Brooklyn Bridge is the true WORDOFREEDOM of today. Whenever you underestimate yourselves remember the story of this spectacular bridge…. Brooklyn Bridge.. The Bridge that was build by one finger……………

 

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