Coastweek – – 150 friends, literati and members of the publishing world in London gathered for a sumptuous lunch at the Oatlands Park Hotel on Sunday 20th.
April 2008 for the formal launch of Ameer Janmohamed’s book “A REGAL ROMANCE” and Other Memories. Hom Paribag of Society Books welcomed guests and gave background information. Margaret Laird the book editor then gave her evaluation of the book.
Coastweek – – Seen [from left] Jullian Freidmann (Literary Agent), Quassim, Hom Paribag (of Society Books – Publishers), Zeenat, and Lily Mebratu (She designed cover for the book).
This was followed by remarks from the Kenya born author who said he had derived original inspiration to write this book after having coming across Cynthia Salvadori’s trilogy “We came in Dhows”, and Shariffa Keshavjee’s “Bwana Mzuri”.
Ameer Janmohamed writes about his family and life in Kenya in the early and mid 20th century.
The title of the book is derived from the REGAL THEATRE in Mombasa which was built by his grandfather and his brother in 1931, and includes a fascinating history of the Theatre.
He writes about colonial rule, war years in Kenya, race relations and early education, with a history of his alma mater, the Aga Khan High School in Mombasa.
He gives an insight into Rotary in Kenya.
Coastweek – Some of the guests queuing up to have their copies signed by the author
He was Governor of the Rotary District which included Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius and La Re-Union.
The book is lavishly illustrated with nostalgic photos, some dating back to 1918.
Prof. Quassim Cassam, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at University of Cambridge writes: “….this is more than just a family history.
It also paints a vivid and insightful picture of life in Kenya before and after independence.
With its tales of migration, the Empire and race, this very personal story is also a social history.
Anyone interested in the culture, outlook and history of ethnic Indians and the Ismaili Muslim community in East Africa should read this fascinating book”.