I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.From Dunes to Dior by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
Series: Love Comes Later #2
Published by Kindle Digital Editions on 2012
Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Source: the publisher
Called everything from the world's richest to fattest nation, Qatar has been on the breakneck path towards change for several decades. The capital city Doha, is where our family of three has lived since 2005.
From Dunes to Dior is not the stuff of newspaper headlines (they made their money from oil! Thirty years ago everyone was living in tents!) but real life stories about being a South Asian American who lives here (no, I don't have to cover my hair, and yes, I can drive).
I had no idea that living the life of my dreams (including a husband and precious baby) would coincide with the rapid development of one the smallest and safest countries in the world, an oasis of calm smack dab in the global hotspot of the Middle East.
Mohana sets up the perfect introduction for those who, like me, know absolutely nothing of Qatar – yet she avoids the easy mistake of giving us too much detailed information at once. An interesting mix of demographics, geography and history combined with a fluid writing style make for an easy-to-read background of the country, that doesn’t read anything like a textbook despite all the facts and numbers. Whilst the topics covered are ‘basic’, this doesn’t mean they are any less interesting – Mohana has a true talent for discussing everyday occurrences and creating a real story out of them.
It is fascinating just how multi-cultural Qatar actually is – Qataris are a minority in their own country – despite the strict citizenship laws (which are reminiscent of ancient Rome, pre-Caracalla). Mohana clearly points out and dismisses stereotypes, yet her essays show that racism is still quite evident, which is sad in this day and age.