An enchanting and enlightening tale of a young boy from Pakistan who has dreams of living and studying in America. This story really teaches us what goes through the mind of a young man from a place where we as Americans seem to think we know it all. This book takes us on a transforming journey of a sincere, young, Pakistani, from his adventures as a teenage freedom fighter battling the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, but also as a successful American corporation as a mature business man twenty years later.Those who loved the Kite Runner will love this book. An aspiring tale of one person who wants peace regardless of where they come from. It’s a story that will open your mind and your heart.
Genre: Non fiction
It’s 1986. Seventeen-year-old Sikander, dreams of studying and living in America, but in a blind rage after a family quarrel, he leaves his Peshawar, Pakistan home. Encountering mujahideen warriors, he joins them in their fight against the occupying Soviets in neighboring Afghanistan. American assistance is stepped up with advanced weapons, like the Stinger missile, and the mujahideen begin prevailing against the Soviets. After just two years following Sikander s arrival, a Soviet withdrawal begins and Sikander returns as a war-wise hero, settling down to build a normal life in Pakistan. Discovering romance, Sikander, becomes a happily married successful entrepreneur in Pakistan, when he finds his life abruptly thrown into turmoil as he s caught up in aftermath of 9/11. He must draw on the lessons from his mujahideen past as he takes on a perilous journey reaching as far as America, changing his life forever. SIKANDER takes us from the pricey suburbs of Peshawar to the primitive war-torn landscape of Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, to the placid serenity of Scotland, through the camps of Guantanamo, and finally, corporate America. It is a 21 year journey through freedom and captivity, love and loss, wealth and poverty, dignity and humiliation, and transgression and redemption. A rare glimpse of a non-radical mainstream Muslim s experience of the West, SIKANDER is a journey of growth and self-discovery, and will touch the humanity of its readers.