A descriptive, often vivid writer, Mass evokes the cities, villages, schools, mountain retreats, and people of Pakistan, putting a human face on a paradoxical country that she acknowledges still faces immense problems. What she found was an undefined job and a village totally unprepared for a young American woman. Fast-forward almost 50 years, and Mass is back in Pakistan, this time as a year-old volunteer in the summer of with the Citizens Foundation an amazing Pakistani organization that is creating schools to teach poor children. Moving back and forth between and , Mass shows readers how things have changed for the better and sometimes for the worse.
Through Mass's interactions with the people at the Citizens Foundation, we come to see a side of modern Pakistan that is not often shown on the nightly news-that of caring and hardworking Pakistanis taking responsibility and without any foreign help to create schools that will make a difference in the lives of their children, society, and country.
Verdict A moving glimpse into the life of an American who wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Recommended for those who read in education, travel, and South Asian studies. Sent to Pakistan with a great deal of enthusiasm but little real direction, Mass was challenged to create an educational program in a small village, in which such Western basics as electricity and plumbing were luxuries, and Eastern religions and customs could present overwhelming roadblocks to success.
Given an opportunity to return to Pakistan in , Mass jumped at the chance to revisit the country that was so formative to her development as an educator. Filled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of this exotic and still relatively unknown land, Mass' memoir blends past journal entries with contemporary observations to paint a detailed and expressive portrait of a country that has made remarkable strides in its educational system even as it faces ongoing trials because of the region's political and economic instability. Her work in Pakistan gives her the unique credentials to present these perspectives.
Fuel transportation to China through Pakistan would take just 7 days as opposed to the western route through Indian Ocean that takes almost 40 days. Saudi Arabia is thought to possibly invest in Reko Diq Mine.
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Reko Diq represents one of the largest copper reserve in Pakistan and in the world having estimated reserves of 5. The mine also has gold mining reserves amounting to Pakistan maintains close military ties with Saudi Arabia, providing extensive support, arms and training for the Saudi armed forces. Pakistan has also been providing training to Saudi soldiers and pilots. According to Bruno Tertrais, a researcher for the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, during informal discussions held in a former Pakistan National Command Authority officials have said that deploying Pakistan nuclear warheads in Saudi Arabia would be "worse than the Cuban missile crisis.
Pakistan rejected a request from Saudi Arabia to contribute troops to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. Between and , Pakistan station approximately 20, servicemen in Saudi Arabia to defend Islamic holy sites. In February , Pakistan announced that it would be sending troops to Saudi Arabia on a "training and advise mission". Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of Pakistani arms, and has purchased small and medium conventional weaponry worth millions of US Dollars.
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Saudi Arabia has also provided extensive religious and educational aid to Pakistan, being a major contributor to the construction of mosques and madrassas religious schools across Pakistan, including the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad , named after King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Since , the number of religious schools increased from to in and all are funded by Saudi Arabia. Since , the political parties have been receiving funding for their political activities in the country.
Saudi Arabia remains a major destination for immigration amongst Pakistanis, the number of whom living in Saudi Arabia stands between , and 1 million see Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia. Zia-ul-Haq in the s.
While there, the Crown Prince received a gold-plated submachine gun from members of the Pakistani Senate. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 January The Institute for National Security Studies.
The Chaos in the Middle East: — Troubador Publishing Ltd. Archived from the original PDF on 9 May Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 21 October In a series of interviews with Pakistanis from every social class and educational level, Dr. Mass gives voice to those who are taking responsibility for their country's educational problems and solving these problems within the traditions, culture, and religious understanding of their people. Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling look into a country as it goes from its infancy into the 21st century. Get A Copy.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 01, Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: pakistan. Fascinating story, about a young idealistic American girl following her dream of helping humanity by deciding to join the Peace Corps and come to Pakistan in the early 's and help set up a community centre for village women in Punjab.
The touches on some of the challenges Leslie faced in a pretty archaic Pakistan of The story than jet-sets to when the author rather courageously comes back to Pakistan in an attempt to juxtapose between the then and the now. This time around she is Fascinating story, about a young idealistic American girl following her dream of helping humanity by deciding to join the Peace Corps and come to Pakistan in the early 's and help set up a community centre for village women in Punjab.
This time around she is working with a different type of home grown educational evangelists who seem to be carrying on a pretty remarkable organisation all on their own without any need of Western aid. The American women manages to touch hearts and minds in a most novel way when she criss crosses across Pakistan from Karachi into Lahore, Northern Mountains and than finally into Islamabad and Rawalpindi. As a Pakistani I am just happy she was able to make it back in one piece as unfortunately the security situation is really bad at the moment. I don't think many Westerners can repeat her feat in the present very prevailing dangerous situation.
Apr 10, Nadine rated it liked it. The author was quite interesting in person, where she spoke more about her Peace Corps experience, unlike the book which focused more on her recent visit and involvement with an educational non-profit. View 1 comment. Zarak Mohmand rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Laural Zimmerman rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Heather rated it liked it Oct 17, Razia Insha rated it did not like it Aug 25, Zaki Khan rated it it was amazing Oct 10,
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