Naked I Memoirs of a Humanist
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 By:Khayyam Durrani
 Subject:MEMOIRS
 Binding:Hard Cover
 ISBN:978-969-407-410-8
 Year:2013
 Price:Rs. 500/=
  
Description: Naked – I – Memoirs of a Humanist is a lively and reflective smorgasbord of the author’s life-journey experiences. It is a riveting biographical tale of a liberal thinker told in a disarmingly frank and candid language. The book starts with an intriguing sentence. “Barre Main Jin dikhao” which hints at the juvenile curiosity to know about supernatural things. Although the youngest of the street urchins, Khayyam could not see the jinns but the mysterious episode instilled in him a lifelong passion to grapple with mysteries and expose myths. His childhood memories are very absorbing and contain a good food for thought both for children and parents alike. Like a well-crafted kaleidoscope, the book depicts different phases of the author’s personality from a young petarian to a university student; an Air Force officer; a free-lance writer and, finally, a humanist. Although the central theme of the book revolves around the author’s unceasing quest for the truth, his narration interspersed with humorous anecdotes and witticism makes it all the more piquant and readable. The book is more than a mere portrayal of the writer’s life. It is, indeed, the voyage of his transformation, dotted by various episodes and incidents of life, and his eventual intellectual growth. His diction is crisply plain and lucid. As a learned man wedded to intellectual pursuits, Khayyam appears to be wearing his heart on his sleeve throughout his descriptions. His expressions ring with chaste sincerity and spontaneity, free from labored embellishments.  
     
 About The Author:
Air Commodore (R) Khayyam Durrani was born in 1948 just after the partition of India. He had his early education in Larkana (Sind) and Joined Cadet College Petaro in class VIII in 1960. After doing his FSC from Petaro in 1964 he got admission in BA (honours) English in 1968. He joined his alma mater Cadet College Petaro in 1968 as a lecturer in English and became the Associate House Master of his own house – Jinnah House. He was commissioned in the Education Branch of PAF in July 1969 and served on different assignments notably including tenures as Instructor at PAF Academy Risalpur, PAF Representative at Cadet College Petaro, Assistant Professor at College of Aeronautical Engineering, Director of Education, Principal PAF Degree College Faisal, Deputy Secretary to Chief of Air Staff and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Education), After his retirement from PAF in 1999 he served as Principal K.N. Academy, Principal Army Public School “O” Level Karachi and as Executive Director Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. He Served as Directing Staff (Research) at PAF Air War College for seven years and was the Editor of the Air War College Journal
 

 

 

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