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Monday, January 10, 2011

Reflections on the novel "Adhe Adhoore Khawab"

by
Afshan Huma
Michigan, USA 

Book: Aadhay Adhooray Khwab
Author: Dr Shahid Siddiqui
Published by Jahangir Books, Lahore
Price: 250
Tel:042-37220879

 “Adhey Adhoorey khuwab” is not simply an ordinary novel. On the one hand it is a story of professional leadership and on the other hand a narrative of contemporary social crisis. It is a book that has ability to compel the reader to read it from cover to covaer. It touches the heart and holds you until the last page. It makes you cry and smile and feel the sensitivity of human relations and larger goals. You really feel it is not that difficult to live larger than life.

Teachers as critical thinkers and education as a source of building nations is explained by Dr. Shahid Siddiqui in a unique way. He has portrayed teacher and teaching in an artistic manner. He has characterized a teacher as a real hero in all terms. But developing a heroic characterization he has not let go the piousness of this sacred profession. The goal oriented and visionary approach of teaching is not only depicted in one main character but also with reference to great researchers and educators.
This is a unique piece of writing specifically in the context of Urdu literature
This is a unique piece of writing specifically in the context of Urdu literature. Such thematic writing is no where around us anymore. Education, teaching and teachers are never addressed in this manner. A traditional view of a teacher is witnessed if ever. But viewing teaching and teachers as such strong elements in social structure is not very common. Teachers in Pakistani society have a crucial role to play as they can form a very effective pressure group for bringing a change mainly in the rural areas; where the uneducated population trusts them as saviors. Dr. Siddiqui has enabled the readers to identify this strength of teachers and has given a stimulus to people like myself who believe that teachers can be the best change agents. These are not Adhey Adhoorey Khuwab, rather these are Jari-o-sari Khuwab (ongoing dreams) and by the Grace of God we will one day make these dreams come true.

Afshan Huma
Ph.D Scholar
MSU-East Lansing
Michigan, USA