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New Bilingual Children’s Book Combats Mainstream Image of Pakistan, Reveals Importance of Positive Representation

Meeru’s Multan

Dr. Miral Azam Khalil

MEERU’S MULTAN by Dr. Miral Azam Khalil

Nice story with cultural classes that I extremely advocate.”

— Amazon reviewer

UNITED STATES, August 14, 2023/ — Books, like mirrors, typically replicate the world round us. The fortunate ones are capable of see themselves mirrored again on the pages — however sadly, this isn’t the case for many individuals. There’s a rising want for various illustration in media, permitting individuals of marginalized teams to seek out themselves and their tradition mirrored again at them.

In her debut youngsters’s e-book, MEERU’S MULTAN, Dr. Miral Azam Khalil showcases the brilliance of Pakistani tradition.

Based mostly on actual tales and other people from her childhood in Pakistan, Khalil hopes to assist youngsters discover themselves positively portrayed in literature.

Saif can’t fall asleep. Little does he know that tonight he’ll uncover a mischievous facet of his severe mom.

Collectively they’ll stroll down reminiscence lane and go to Multan, a metropolis near his mom’s coronary heart. An thrilling journey awaits him, full of journey and mirth. From a mountain of bubble gum to a sky full of parrots, Saif will expertise a journey past something he may have imagined.

MEERU’S MULTAN reveals the therapeutic energy of storytelling. Saif begins to find his identification because the youngster of a Pakistani immigrant — viewing even the only issues from his mom’s childhood as magical.

The e-book is impressed by the adventures of Dr. Khalil (identified by the nickname Meeru rising up) as a younger youngster within the Pakistani metropolis of Multan, in addition to the life of her maternal household. The illustrations are breathtaking and vividly convey the streets of Pakistan (and, by extension, the writer’s childhood) to life.

MEERU’S MULTAN combats the mainstream media picture of Pakistan being a haven for terrorism by giving heart stage to an area’s story and sharing the lived expertise of a Pakistani-born youngster. It humanizes and celebrates Pakistani tradition.

“I wrote this e-book to take possession of my narrative and redeem our nation,” Khalil says. “My dad and mom, my grandparents and my household are buried in Pakistan’s soil. I owe it to them, to myself, my youngsters and to my nation to share my narrative. Our tales are embedded with wealthy heritage and tradition; they should be shared with our kids. It’s time we cease being ashamed of the place we got here from.”

Pakistani People are the eighth largest Asian American ethnic group and twelfth highest supply of immigration into the US. Pakistani People are properly educated with an estimated 60% holding a bachelor’s diploma or greater skilled levels.

But this diaspora has little or no youngsters’s literature that may act as a mirror for identification. Therefore the youngsters born to those immigrants are rapidly dropping their language and their tradition — the very factor that’s an asset to the US. Their collective ancestral brilliance and data are rapidly disappearing because of the “peer strain” to slot in amongst adolescents and teenagers.

This image e-book is bilingual (each in English and Urdu) with a glossary, a preferred dessert recipe and an in depth useful resource information (written by an skilled US public faculty educator) that can be utilized in colleges and libraries to show all youngsters about Pakistani tradition, delicacies and language.

MEERU’S MULTAN is Khalil’s debut youngsters’s e-book, however she has a collection deliberate, and readers are already excited for extra.

“What an incredible story! It captured my curiosity proper from the start and drew me in with its compelling characters, and the mom’s story of her childhood in Pakistan … Nice story with cultural classes that I extremely advocate. I’m wanting ahead to extra books from this terrific writer.” — Shifu Billy, Amazon reviewer

“On this heat image e-book, a mom’s ample heritage conjures up bedtime tales that spark eagerness for journey.” –Foreword Opinions

MEERU’S MULTAN is out there on Amazon and different in style stores the place books are offered.


Dr Miral Azam Khalil was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. Each summer time, she traveled to town of Multan to go to her khala (maternal aunt). MEERU’S MULTAN is her debut youngsters’s e-book, however she has a collection deliberate! She homeschools her two oldest youngsters, Saif and Maha, and likes to develop flowers.

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