Of Pearls and Pecks of Straw

ISBN : 9780199407613

Iqbal Akhund
252 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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Retired diplomat and man of the world Iqbal Akhund, having previously written about his diplomatic career, recalls in this volume personal reminiscences of his ninety plus years: young days under the Raj, the conversion of his grandparents, the why and wherefore of Partition, as well as thoughts on current issues.


List of Photographs
1. 'The past disappeared in one stroke a'
2. 'Where are such men a?'
3. Time, like a dark wind a
4. 'Wa raqs mi kunad a'
5. A forgotten page
6. A journey of which I knew not the destination
7. Reshmi Rumaal
8. Purdah
9. Emancipation
10. Westernization
11. Paris of the East
12. Leftovers
13. Solitary, not lonely a
14. Homebodies
15. Tiffin carriers and holdalls
16. East is East and West is West
17. Showpang
18. The demon drink
19. School
20. Joe, Jim, Jam
21. Two Nations
22. Pakistan ka matlab kya
23. Urdish/Hindlish
24. Feudal interlude
25. Veracity, loyalty, modesty
26. When France was France
27. And yet a
28. Sole superpower
29. Latvia
30. Law of the jungle
31. Unusual encounters

About the author: 

Iqbal Akhund is a Pakistani diplomat of the pioneer generation who entered the Foreign Service on passing the first competitive examination held after Partition. In his thirtyfive years of service, he served as Ambassador in Cairo, Belgrade, and Paris, and was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He presided over the UN Security Council (1976) and was Chairman of the UN Economic and Social Council as well as of the developing countries' Group of 77. In 1979, he was appointed the Secretary General's special representative in Lebanon. On return to Pakistan in 1987, he joined Benazir Bhutto's first government as adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs. In retirement now, Akhund divides his time equally between Karachi and France. His other publications include Memoirs of a Bystander, about his diplomatic career and Trial and Error, an account of the return of democratic government under Benazir Bhutto.

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