The way I lived


Naseebullah Khan
Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai, a stalwart of Pashtoon Nationalism, an invigorating leader, an epitome of journalism in Balochistan, and an impressive literary figure__whose services have made him alive. In the field of literature, he translated and authored many books. The way I lived is a masterpiece memoir that has been translated into English and Ukrainian languages and which has many volumes. The under review volumes are book 1 and book 2. The first volume consists of 379 while the second volume is comprised of 540 pages respectively. The memoir has been written in a new Pashto script whose proponent was Khan Abdul Khan Achakzai himself. The first volume is mainly written on the childhood of the writer, the history of his ancestors, his schooling, the religious conditions of the time, the Jirga (Council of elders) the menace of the society such as Paedophilia and drug addiction. The second volume has prime importance to be read which shows the courage of Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai in prisons, his political will, his sincerity for his nation, and his love for literature. He has pinpointed the brutal scenario of the Prison during the British era and says that for 200 prisoners in the prison there was only one bathroom. Later on, it was Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai along with his colleagues whose 15 days hunger strike in prison resulted in the provision of some facilities by the prison administration.He was undoubtedly, a man of literary taste and he says that at a very early age he had read the Tafseer of Sir Syed Ahmed Kham and in 1929 he bought the books of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and studied. He further read Shabli Noumani and calls Mulana Abul Kalam Azad as his teacher. Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai has also touched his political career and his meeting with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, and Bacha Khan. He says that when he met Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Malabar Hill, he found him sincere with Balochistan. Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai further opines that while meeting Mahatma Gandhi he found him a simple man with no pride in behavior. Khan Abdul Samad Khan opines that I was elder than Bacha Khan, sometimes I wished to serve Bacha Khan but he never allowed me to do so and used to serve Tea for me which always felt me ashamed. Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai who has been called the father of Journalism in Balochistan has also shed light that how he started his first Newspaper Istaqlal in 1938. This classic memoir is a must-read for study lovers. It tells us that our forefathers struggled, and born the difficulties for the progress and development of upcoming generations__of which we owe to them.