Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

Dolls, Toys and More

Pre press discussion with S A J Shirazi, the writer and publisher of Dolls, Toys and More

How have the topics been selected?

Dolls, Toys and More is a story of two decades of work by NGO in a village called Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka. How change has come in the village?

Dowload (pdf) from the link at top right

Large number of volunteers have worked in the project since its inception. It would have been less interesting for the readers, if we were only to describe project in detail as they would know less about the location, the background and the history of the local toys in the Punjab. The life in the village is definitely interesting from the point of view of literature, but this topic may be discussed separately. An idea can be obtained however by reading the three short stories taken over by me and written by Ulrike Vestring. It would also be inappropriate to discuss and describe at this point the concept of Mud Housing and the Appropriate Technology, both of which can be discussed separately.


Does the reader get to know something about the location then?

Surely, the book has travelogues describing all places of interest in and around the areas, which will form a broader and touristy impression about the location to the reader as well as the interested tourists.

What about the aspects of the project?

Regarding the toys and the dolls – the basis of the entire project - we have included an article by Dr Senta Siller and in other parts we have included a project sheet for each of the remaining parts, which can be used for exhibition purpose, if needed.

The book would not have been possible without the input and huge amount of work by Omar M. Ali and Dr Norbert Pintsch. Also special thanks to Khalid Javaid, the director of LokVirsa for his introductory article.

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