On May 4, 2020 Robin Vasquez, Special Advisor to the President of 'Holland America Line' wrote to me, “We recently received the gift you sent, your book, “The Broken Silence” at our Seattle office. We are truly grateful that you have shared such a thought provoking and insightful literary work with us.
Indeed, the relevance of this memoir along with what is happening with the world today, provides a special perspective. We are honored that you have chosen to share this with us.”
I am also pleased to let you all know that the book is now with Library, Archives Canada and also with Ottawa Public Library. And a number of libraries in U.S and Canada are in the process of cataloging it.
Justin Trudeau is listening - it is about terrorism! For details about conversation, see my book 'The Broken Silence'.
So pleased to share that I had a chance to do another Book reading. Here are some pictures from the event.
Here's another picture of a reader with his set of books he is about to read.
Q: How substantial reader interest was generated?
A: A simple comparison between the book cover and its contents!
Book signing event at Indigo Barrhaven, Ottawa on 15 February 2020
January 29, 2017 was a sad day after Alexandre Bissonette opened fire in the Quebec City mosque killing 6 innocent worshippers and injuring 19 of them who were all engrossed in remembering the CREATOR. My book takes up the alarming issue of terrorism and the rising tide of Islamophobia - the editorial writer points out, "The Broken Silence explores the real causes of terrorism and its remedies. It also seeks to help non-Muslims to better understand this ancient religion and calls out to Muslims to explore the real values of Islam and regain its true spirit."
Photo credit with thanks: cbc.ca
These 6 pathetically perished for no fault of theirs! How sad!
These days, when we open up major news outlets on internet, we see in very bold headlines the news about US President's Senate trial - it's loaded with partisan bickering and a sickening state of affairs wherein truth may not prevail! But I am glad that simultaneously a sponsored Ad pops up showing some wonderful collection of newly launched books and among them it shows the bright, sunny cover of 'The Broken Silence' exhibiting hope, struggle and movement - a flowing waterfall moves on undeterred by obstacles. Generally the Ads are not pleasing but this time they are! You may check out the contents of the page by clicking on the link:
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It is my pleasure to inform you all, the dedicated readers wanting to "Enrich your Life" that I will be doing a book signing of 'The Broken Silence' on Saturday, 15 February, 2020 at Ottawa's Barrhaven Indigo Stores from 12 - 5 pm. All are welcome! Visitors from outside Ottawa are welcome to be my guest free of charge - air ticket is yours :)
Here is a comment from FriesenPress's editor about my satirical letter to an editor contained in my book 'The Broken Silence': "Your satirical Letter to the Editor to starve the beetles is simply priceless! The editors were clearly sympathetic by publishing this. Brilliant! Jonathan Swift's (a renown 18th century author) "Modest Proposal" (written and published anonymously in 1729) about Irish Children comes to mind."
Well with this comment, I would leave to the readers to read the satirical letter in my book. I would add that Hassan Minhaj would possibly be able to tell you the passionate story of 'The Broken Silence' beautifully in a performance if he chooses to do one!
A fire beetle on a decayed trunk of a tree.