When Mohammed Ahmad Ally dies, his family gathers for the religious rites and burial and recall the troubled relationship they had with him. He had lived by tradition and by his deeply held Islamic views, and his children, as he always said, were there to make him proud. He had been a dominant and domineering figure in tehir lives, had arranged the marriage of his elder daughter, Maryam, to the son of a good friend; had sent his olny by, Khalil. off to New York to study law; and had disowned his younger daughter, Dee, for marrying a Hindu. Even as friends and business colleagues remember Ally as kind and generous, his children and sister-in-law Hamida, his late wife's youngest sister, remember a different man, a man who had been authoritarian and bigoted. The family open up to each other and, i the process, resolve issues tha thad been seething below the surface of thier own relationships with each other. Ally's death becomes a transformative event that leads them to renew their familial ties.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 2014