Author Shahrukh Afsheen Shares How He Witnessed the Most Remarkable and Horrendous Periods in Modern History

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The World War II in Burma, the dismemberment of India, the world-changing catastrophic revolution of Iran told through one man’s journey

“I was born into a world haunted and torn by serial calamities. I hope I am the last reluctant immigrant in the family; always uprooted and moving, though never rootless,” states author S. Afsheen as he tells of his journey as a tempered émigré in the engaging pages of “Under Five Flags: Life Like a Turbulent River Flows”. Released through Xlibris, this book chronicles how he witnessed the most remarkable and horrendous periods in modern history.

Afsheen was born in the 1930s in British colonial Burma and grew up in a close-knit conservative community, living a life of some luxury in mansion houses with servants and nannies in attendance. But his life changed dramatically with the eruption of the Second World War. Having lost everything, his family left Rangoon, fleeing from village to village in pursuit of preserving life, like Nomads, not in search for new pastures, but trying to escape from the British and Japanese bombs, local bandits, and succumbing to disease and death in the jungles of Burma. Growing up, he had lived in countries in the Far-East, Middle-East and Europe. It may seem strange that in almost one life time, from childhood to maturity, he had endured the Second World War, the communal riots and the dismemberment of India, and the world-changing catastrophic revolution of Iran; and at last a settled life in England where he witnessed the dislodgement of Margaret Thatcher. He had been a 'participant observer' of the great changes and accomplishments in science, culture, the arts and politics that would fundamentally alter the way we think about the world and our place in it. His experiences reflect comparable movements that are presently reshaping the Middle East.

Fascinating, inspiring, and at times amusing, “Under Five Flags: Life Like a Turbulent River Flows” is one man’s recollections of distant events of bygone days, written to bring the momentous events of the decades nearer to posterity. It is an introduction to much of the seminal events that shaped the twentieth century, through the journey of the author’s life.

Jacob J Ross (FRSL) a reader from Literary Consultancy comments: “...It does what good books do; it taught me, your reader, new things. It is a kind of book that people will buy and keep because it offers so much.”

Under Five Flags will be featured at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 12-16, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to
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About the Author
Shahrukh Afsheen was born in Rangoon, Burma in 1936 of Iranian ancestry. He experienced and endured the horrendous Second World War years in the jungles and villages of Burma. He graduated in Mathematics and Physics at University. After finishing his MBA he took up a career in banking. He chronicles his dreadful experience of the dismemberment of India, and his participation in the world-changing Iranian Revolution. He is now living in London.

Under Five Flags * by S. Afsheen
Life Like a Turbulent River Flows
Publication Date: July 21, 2011
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 287 pages; 978-1-4628-9179-5
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