Well documented and informative, this historical fiction is a heart touching recollection of what transpired in Afghanistan in the past seven decades, a country that most believe is crucial for the future of the “Western Civilization”. It depicts the joy, disappointment and sorrow of its population as well as the inefficiency and ignorance of the sovereigns and leaders who ruled this rugged land which experts have called “the graveyard of empires”.
The volume at hand also throws light on the misdeeds of superpowers whose armies invaded either for conquest or as feigned allies, promising good governance and democracy as well as on the emergence of modern terrorism which has plagued the world.
Inspired by the life of an exceptional Afghan lady, Soraya Ludin who in the 1960s was the only woman of her country to study at and graduate from the University of London, it attempts to portray how women were and are perceived and treated by their still tribal societies. Through Soraya, this book endeavors to pay tribute to all Afghan female population for the prejudice they suffer from and their incomparable resilience. It strives to over fly unfairness of cultural barriers, the existence of discrimination in the country, ravages of war that left indelible scares in the hearts and minds of peoples as well as mischiefs of “international politics” with uncalculated consequences on the lives of all the future generations.