A review of the autobiography of my brother, Farooq Kathwari, published in CounterPunch.org
“He’s in his early 20s, slim and strong, when he leaves his native home in the Vale of Kashmir, a disputed land in the Himalayan foothills between India and Pakistan. He dodges an impending war. He has no formal passport, just an official residency permit which expired many years ago.
Yet, he takes a chance and, amazingly, boards the last flight from Delhi to Lahore before war breaks out …it’s an electrifying moment among many, some heartbreaking, some joyful, others human, all too human.
Those moments lead one to believe that the young man was destined for the future of his adopted home, America, where his grit and pluck, his trysts with good luck, his innate belief in common sense all combined to feed his fire within before the fire could feed on him.”