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In search of home

books Updated: Oct 16, 2010 12:55 IST
Girija Duggal
Girija Duggal
Hindustan Times
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Book: Thank You, Idi Amin: A Memoir of the Asian Exodus
Author: Mohezin Tejani
Publisher: Global Vision Press
Price: Rs.395

It’s misleading to describe this book as a memoir of one community’s exodus. While that event does form the catalyst to all that follows, the book is at the core a globetrotting memoir of one man’s search for a place that he can call home.

Author Mohezin Tejani, an Ismaili Muslim of Indian origin, is among the 60,000 Asians who were evicted from Uganda under Idi Amin’s rule. Thereafter begins his 30-year quest across five continents — working with NGOs, learning new languages, meeting fellow travellers and being part of important historical events — in a bid to discard his cultural baggage.

Tejani masterfully weaves together the disappointments, disillusionments, hope and optimism that mark his journey. His strength lies in taking the reader along with him on that trip, and making them ask crucial questions about cultural identities, politics and life. A book that deserves to be at the top of anyone’s must-read list.

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