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Book review – DIL JE DAFTAR MAAN [Saroonyoon]

The memoirs of Dr Kazi Khadim Hussain

Reviewed by Altamash M. Kureshi

Courtesy: daily dawn, 20.9.2009

The autobiography is an account of oneself, narrated by oneself and the biography is an account narrated by some one else; whereas the memoir is author’s personal experiences about series of events. The book under review falls within the category of a ‘memoir’.

There is a strong tradition of writing memoirs by the prominent writers, scholars, politicians, artists and important persons belonging to various fields of life. In Sindhi Language most significant memoirs are, ‘Yadgeereon’, by Seth Naomal (1804-1880), ‘Uhe deenhan uhe sheenh’ by Pir Ali Mohammad Rashdi, ‘Kaee kitab’ by Rais Karim Bux Nizamani, ‘Yadgireon’ by, Gurdas Wadhwani, ‘Janam Guzrium Jineen Saan’ by G.M Syed and Uhe Dothee Uhe Deenhan’ by Pir Hisamuddin Rashidi et al.

The memoirs of Rashidi brothers and GM Shed are in form of life sketches of prominent persons writers have come across. The only However, memoir which commensurate with the present one is ‘Yadgireon’ written by, Gurdas Wadhwani. However peculiarity of the present memoir is that events are not narrated in a time sequential method but as the title of book goes, events are narrated as and when recalled. This typical style of reminiscences has made the book more enchanting as it does not develop monotony or boredom at any stage of reading.

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