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August 25, 2014

SNAPSHOTS by Mehreen Ahmed

Mehreen Ahmed

This is a fascinating book of essays written by Mehreen Ahmed.  It is about her travels over three major continents of the world. This is not a guide to good restaurants and hotels.  If that is what you're looking for, this isn't the book for you. This book which is a volume of essays that tells what it's like to travel to a particular place and get the real feel for the country. I found the author had a way of letting the reader hear the sounds and smell the different smells of the places  where she traveled. The book is very entertaining and you may even come across a place where you have been in your travels.  The book is more a historical travel read.  SNAPSHOTS is like a diary of the travels.  These travels, I'm sure took a long while and yet there is a lot of information, facts, places, people, sceneries and some down to earth parts of her travels.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical travels.  Being able to travel along with the author to places you've never been or may never go, is a wonderful journey.  This is a book that might be well to keep on the shelf to keep to go traveling when you need to get away from it all.

I was given a complimentary copy of SNAPSHOTS from the author Mehreen Ahmed for my view of the book.  No other  compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 stars.


SUMMARY (from Amazon)
On a trail of relics and ruins, Snapshots is a book of travels delineating my journeys of four major continents. A travel through the ancient, the medieval, the renaissance and the modern, national heritage of each of these continents has been pivotal to this book, showing an evolution of history. Primarily, palaces, mosques, churches, temples and museums, renowned forests and sea beaches have also been depicted.
Musing on peoples’ views and perceptions which they have shared with me, a stream of consciousness technique has been applied in presenting some segment in order to exhibit my internal monologue. With my rendering, these accounts have been compiled as chronicles of motley collection. On rare occasion, culinary descriptions have been noted.
Time is of essence. And on a timeline of this journey, specific dates have been drawn. As great distances have been covered, it has taken a long time for this book to be written. Snapshots started as a diary, but evolved over time into a book. Dynamic in its own right, at the end of each traverse, another begins anew and is recorded in the travelogue.
My journey begins in Europe, then to North America, Australia and ends in the sub-continent.
  • File Size: 1093 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: PostScript Editions (August 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MI5VH4S


Queensland writer, Mehreen Ahmed has been publishing since 1987. She has published both fiction and non-fiction. Jacaranda Blues is her debut novella. A featured author for The Story Institute, she has also published The Blotted and Line,a collection of short stories and then a book of travels titled Snapshots published by PostScript Editions.
Mehreen Ahmed
She has also published a number of academic works, in notable peer-reviewed journals of her area of study, such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Special Issue, Intelligent Call Systems, Lisse, Netherlands Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. This was republished on Cambridge Journals, Language Teaching by Cambridge University Press, Vol 36 Issue 2,
2003. and Taylor and Francis, Routledge, Vol 15 Issue 4, 2002. Software reviews were also published in On-Call, Vol 1 No 2 Sept, 1999 and International Society for Technology in Education,Vol 28 No 4, 2000-2001; a book review on Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies by Rebecca L Oxford, was published in Language, Learning and Technology, Special Issue, Vol 15 No 3 Oct, 2011, followed by a reproduction, for Independence Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group, 2012, University of Canterbury, Kent U.K.

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