Books play vital role in a one’s life.Thesocieties where
people read books are far ahead in every field of life. Books are the best
friends. And good bookstalk, guide and befriend. One of such book isTahir
Mahmood’s ‘A Lone Long Walk’; hededicates it to life because he thinks the
challenges of life give us strength and the mazes of life make the life
adventurous. As a soldier by profession, traveller by choice and student of
human history by passion,he has written short stories based on life, love and
The author sent forme his book with his signatures.It’sreally a matter of great
honour.The first glance of this precious gift, its beautiful title and the
contents list really attracted me. As I started reading it, it seemed amazing.
All the topics are not justunique; theyforcefully attractone’s attention. I love
travelling and writer is a ‘traveler by choice’; in hisbook the author has
written stories ofvarious journeys and he sharesexperiences. I really enjoy
reading it. I think, after reading the book, onewould wish to go to the north
because the author has mostly written about our northern areas. In one of his
stories,“Love Across the High Mountains”, he beautifully paints the beauty of
Nature,and introduces a group of tourists from China. One wonders Allah has
blessed us with such a beautiful country. So, the book intrigues youto go out
and explore the beautiful landscape of this land.
More importantly, the book is handy, catchy and for people of all age groups,
especially youngsters. It’s a treat to read“with love and passion”. It is full
of life and gives strength to work in present for a betterfuture. His “The Man
Who Lived the Hundredth Cut” is aheart touching story,with an emotional ending.
The author has written many poems too; his poetic expression is also wonderful.
His poem‘Traveler’is awesome – a combination of love and sorrow, hope and
struggle. See the lines:
Since long in search of love
I am traveling from place to place
Mirages of love,
Stopped my steps, many a times
I lost myself, all the time.
Ahmed Yousaf, Lalkurti, Rawalpindi