‘Let’s start at the very beginning’…

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The first country on the UN list of member states is Afghanistan. If you haven’t read them already I can highly recommend The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I read it quite awhile ago now but The Kite Runner is one of those books that I read peering through my fingers like a young child (in places). Drawn to the beautiful language but also terrified of the horrors that would unfold.

A well loved and much quoted writer who came from what is now Balkh in Afghanistan is the poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi more regularly simply called Rumi. Recently I have been reading his poem Checkmate which a friend sent to me as I was going through a hard time (that has since passed). It was a great choice by my friend and I found it immensely helpful.

Given that they are both male I decided to look for a woman writer and came across the collection in the picture. It has been put together by a Sayd Bahodibe Majrouh who unfortunately was assassinated in 1998 but before then shared his love of poetry with all.