Thursday, April 9, 2020

Review: Wings of Destiny: Ziaur Rahman Ansari - A Life

Wings of Destiny: Ziaur Rahman Ansari - A Life by Fasihur Rahman 

The biography offers an insight into the life of Ziaur Rahman Ansari (1925-1992), who served as union minister in the council of ministers of two Prime Ministers – Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The book traces his political journey spanning nearly three decades and provides a rare glimpse into his vision, convictions, traits and beliefs. He remained in the media spotlight in 1985 when he participated in a debate on a Private Member Bill related to Supreme Court judgement on the Shah Bano case.
The author has provided a factual account of his public life which has, at several places, been misquoted or misinterpreted based on the perception of varied genres of society.

3 out of 5 fairies

Wings of Destiny: Ziaur Rahman Ansari - A Life is very in depth and well researched. Unfortunately, it also reads more like a textbook than a biography one would pick up off the shelf. As this was presented as a biography and not a text for a college class, I had to take away a few stars. If you're looking for a well researched look at the life of Ziaur Rahman Ansari, but don't want the typical bio narration, then you would enjoy this book.

Where to buy: Currently Unknown

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: FASIHUR RAHMAN was born and brought up in India. He was educated in India, the UK and Canada. A trained Environmental Scientist, he has served both public and private sector. Between 2015 and 2017, he has taken up assignments as Visiting Scientist at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada.

He has written, among others, for Indian Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Statesman); Canadian (Toronto Star, The Telegram, The Independent); United Arab Emirates (Khaleej Times); and the UK (The Sunday Times). He spends his time in India and Canada.

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