Shadows of My Memories
“Shadows of My Memories is more than just a memoir, it is a labor of love borne of the strength and faith of an extraordinary woman who exemplifies the American dream.” —Kelly Alpert Vest, Director of Community & International Relations, Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Commack, New York “America is a better place not only because families like hers have made their home here, but also because they have brought generous attitudes with them.” —The Reverend Thomas Goodhue, Executive Director, Long Island Council of Churches, New York “Riffat Chaudhry shares with us a remarkable journey of struggle, triumph, and transformation. In her story, we can see the true power of faith at work in a Muslim woman’s life.” —Kamran Pasha, Author of Mother of the Believers and Shadow of the Swords “Every English-speaking person with origins in the Asian subcontinent should read this book to keep humanity alive. Chapter 3 is... More > a must-read.” —Arvind Vora, Chairman, Long Island Multi Faith Forum, New York< Less
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Feb 5, 2014"Shaddows of My Memories," by Riffat Chaudhry is a wonderful memoir on one family’s journey to America and the life they have built here. Many immigrant-journey narratives detail the tribulations of reaching the United States, and some tell why someone left their homeland, but few describe as honestly as this one does the sense of a lost home that propelled their odyssey and the continuing tug of their homeland and places they lived along the way. Chaudhry remembers fondly the religiously and ethnically-diverse neighborhood in which she lived in India before Partition. She unflinchingly describes the chaotic, wrenching division of the sub-continent into predominantly-Hindu India and predominantly-Muslim Pakistan in 1947. She notes that attrocities were committed by both sides in 1947, and she recalls how a Hindu took them to safety when Muslims were being slaughtered all around them. Pakistan, she finds, offered safety but little opportunity for education for women. It takes... More > a generous spirit to remember those who saved your life among your adversaries and those who did evil on your side of a conflict. America is a better place because families like hers have made their home here and have brought attitudes like these with them.” In America, Chaudhry and her family embrace their new home, miss Kashmir and Pakistan, study hard, work hard. They buy a small candy shop in Brooklyn , where she is robbed at gunpoint three times and her husband resists demands to pay protection money—leading to the arrest of the extortionist. She works hard, she tells people, because she wants her son to have the chance to become a doctor, but she also urges women who are working hard and caring for others to also take care of themselves. She becomes a citizen of the United States on the anniversary of the Bicentennial. The Chaudhry family ultimately prospers, with her son Humayun becoming a physician himself and the Suffolk County Health Commissioner. Her daughter likewise fulfills the dreams of higher education that were beyond her own grasp. She and they remain committed Muslims, who practice their faith daily.< Less
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- Riffat Sultana Chaudhry (Standard Copyright License)
- January 10, 2014
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