Mansehra to Manhattan

Author: Aziz Ahmad


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I have been writing these essays (I like to call them stories) for a long time, the earliest being in 1984, and publishing some in Pakistani newspapers and some on blogs.


Several times, I toyed with the idea of compiling these stories in a book form but was not sure of the usefulness of such an endeavor. One difficulty was the diversity of the subjects – from reminiscences to anecdotal history to folklore to so much else. It was not possible to assign a genre to the collection.

It was only recently when a pen friend, Ejaz Rahim, who has also written one of the two generous forewords to this volume, prodded me in an email, saying, “The fact is humans die; the fiction is books continue to live.” I fell for the fiction, and hence this slim volume of mostly reminiscences about the people I came across or worked with and events I was part of.


In short, it is about the world I left behind.

I plan to publish the other essays in a second volume.

Aziz Ahmad went to school in what was then a small town—Mansehra, Pakistan. He completed his undergraduate studies from Islamia College Peshawar and his master’s in chemistry/soil science from Colorado State University, USA.

Upon returning to Pakistan, he briefly taught at the University of Peshawar, after which he joined the corporate world: first at Exxon Chemical Pakistan and later at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), working in marketing, organization development, and human resources.

Aziz now lives a retired life with his wife in Islamabad. He divides his time between Islamabad and visiting his children in New York and Philadelphia.

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Great Read!

Beautifully crafted book with hilarious and interesting stories.

by Jorge

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Pages: 190 | Trim Size: 5.5x8.5

Genre: Biography

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