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The Wandering Falcon

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The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad, book reviewThe story of how Jamil Ahmad’s book The Wandering Falcon came to be written is almost as fascinating as the book itself. It’s his first book; that’s nothing unusual – every author has to have a first book. He’s 78 years old – now that’s quite a surprise. But the amazing thing is that he started writing the stories in the book three and a half decades before they were published.

Ahmad worked for the Pakistani civil service and was posted to the frontier area where Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet up. It’s not the type of area where you could expect much of a welcome. After the British Empire withdrew from the area new borders came into being which interrupted the traditional migration paths of the nomadic tribes, bringing new barriers to their ways of life.

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