Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Book and a Chat with Naheed H. Senzai

My guest on today’s "A Book and a Chat" has been traveling since she was two months old, spending much of the early part of her life in Saudi Arabia before moving onto London. N. H. Senzai and her book "Shooting Kabul" which is launched this next Tuesday; make a fascinating interview to be shared by listeners on the show today.

Shooting Kabulfollows young Fadi and his family as they make a harrowing escape from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan to the safety of California. But before they make it to safety, Fadi’s six-year-old sister, Mariam is accidentally left behind. The rest of the family makes it to California heartbroken, each of them blaming themselves for Mariam’s loss. On top of all that, they have to deal with the cultural confusion and isolation of being Muslim Afghans in America, especially when 9/11 hits.

With her enjoyment the history, back-story and details of what she is writing, as well as her own personal connection with Afghanistan, Naheed manages to weave facts about Afghanistan’s history and Muslim traditions into the natural progression of the plot. It is a book that young and the not so young people of all backgrounds, especially those from immigrant families, will relate to Fadi’s confused yet loyal character.

From her early days eating camel meatloaf a recipe that might not be in one of her over 300 cookbooks, to smuggling illegal books into English classes at her English boarding school this talented writer has come a long way.

During the show Naheed, not only shares some of these early days on the show, but also her plans for future work and how being with a group of fellow debut authors has helped her along the publishing path.

So why not sit back and listen to an enjoyable sixty minutes on today’s "A Book and a Chat with Naheed H Senzia."


Direct link to the show
"A Book and a Chat with Naheed H. Senzai"

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"Naheed H. Senzai"

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
"Naheed H. Senzai - Shooting Kabul"

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