Sikander by M. Salahuddin Khan

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Winner of the Grand Prizes in each of the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2011 Paris Book Festival, SIKANDER is the tale of the son of a Pakistani middle-class family. It's 1986. Seventeen-year-old Sikander, dreams of studying and living in America, but after a family quarrel, he leaves his Peshawar, Pakistan home. Encountering mujahideen warriors, he joins them in their fight against the occupying Soviets in neighboring Afghanistan. American assistance is stepped up with advanced weapons, like the Stinger missile, and the mujahideen are able to neutralize the Soviet military advantage. After just two years following Sikander's arrival, a Soviet withdrawal begins. Amid the turmoil, Sikander finds love and marries a young, sharp-witted Afghan village girl. With the fighting all but over, the couple decide to move to Sikander's Pakistan home where he hopes to reconcile with his family. But his dream of living in America endures. It's a dream that is shattered in the aftermath of 9/11 and in seeking to help his Afghan relatives, Sikander, now a successful entrepreneur, finds himself on an unavoidable collision course with the America of his dreams.

SIKANDER takes us from the pricey suburbs of Peshawar to the primitive war-torn landscape of Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, to the placid serenity of Scotland, through the camps of Guantanamo, and finally, corporate America. It is a 21 year journey through freedom and captivity, love and loss, wealth and poverty, dignity and humiliation, and transgression and redemption. A rare glimpse of a non-radical mainstream Muslim's experience of the West, SIKANDER is a journey of growth, self-discovery, and hope. It will touch the humanity of its readers. Along with the two Grand Prizes, SIKANDER has collected numerous other awards including Best Fiction in the Hollywood Book Festival and the Beach Book Festival and Best Multicultural Fiction in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards for 2011.
 

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Born of refugee parents from India into the newly created state of Pakistan, in 1952, M. Salahuddin Khan of Lake Forest, Illinois, earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from University of Southampton, England. He is a management consultant primarily in the areas of product development and marketing. In 2008, Khan was a Co-Executive Producer of a 12-minute short movie called The Boundary, starring Alex Siddig of Syriana, Kingdom of Heaven, and Star Trek, Deep Space Nine fame. The movie dealt with the issues of civil liberties at a U.S. border crossing in a post 9/11 world. Khan was the co-founder of Salagar Sonics, which produced award-winning self-amplified loudspeakers. His very first product was named one of the “Top 5 New Home Entertainment Products,” in 2008 by The Robb Report’s COLLECTIONS magazine, on whose cover the product was depicted in May, 2008. Between 1998 and 2007, the author served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy for NAVTEQ Corp. From 2006 to 2008, he was also the publisher of ISLAMICA Magazine. Before 1998, Khan was the Chief Technology Officer for Computervision Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Khan is a designer, engineer, artist, writer, inventor (he is named on several US patents), and worldwide traveler.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by KARAKORAM PRESS. 478 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the geo-political sophistication of many Americans grew so did the Sikander acknowledgement that not all, if not most, Middle Easterners are “bad.” From a Pakistani boy to the patriarch of his family, from a struggling student to a successful businessman.

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In times of war we don’t always get to see things from the opposite point-of-view and Sikander was written to share what it is like growing up Muslim in the Middle East post 9/11.

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After the demise of USSR, this division lost its existence to a large extent) b)pre-9/11 and post 9/11 – (Post 9/11 world is now divided on religious fault lines) This book enlightens the world’s citizens about the dreams, realities and struggles of people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and what...

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Essay, part two: The return of one of the less practised arts livened up the year, and there were other things to cheer as well.

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Essay, part two: The return of one of the less practised arts livened up the year, and there were other things to cheer as well.

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By Sambit Bal The Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2012, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff Hello KP, goodbye you other lot Highs and Lows: Lots of Pietersen and SLC and plenty of fond farewells in our look at the top dogs and bottom feeders of the year gone by.

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