Title: Dear Prophet
Author: Ali Ansari
Publication: Popular Prakashan
Price: Rs. 150
Dear Prophet-A Woman's Story by debut fiction author Ali Ansari is a Muslim woman's story and her reflections on the existential questions, "the meaning of a woman's life and the meaning of meaning". In her letters to the founder of her religion, the Prophet Mohammed, the panorama of her life and that of her young son, Hamid unfold.
Hamid is missing and while Zarina searches for him she is also looking to understand many things. The narration describe a convoluted chain of events as they move from India to Germany, Lebanon and the United States, ending up in Colorado, where Hamid undergoes the transformation. A page-turner that is intriguing and philosophical at the same time, the story ends in a remarkable set of events as both Hamid and Zarina, in their separate ways, reach a final bend that brings into sight the destination each had sought without knowing it.
About the Author:
Ali Ansari’s first work of fiction is drawn from his familiarity with places, cultures and experiences described in the book that make him write it with sensitivity and understanding of a woman’s struggle to find her place in a shrinking, multicultural world. Ali’s narration of the story touches on his own attempt to make sense of human relationships, love, attachment and detachment, and the human mind’s need for ultimate release in a final silence.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the US as well as in India and the founder of “Engineers Without Borders – India”, Ali’s first book Sufism And Beyond: Sufi Thoughts In The Light of Late Twentieth Century Science did very well. Ali is an Indo – American writer, who now lives in Coimbatore, India.