ISBN 984 05 1507 1 2000 270pp 215x136mm HB Tk.375.00 US$23.00
Paris is a feeling and not a city. It is un cri de coeur (a call of the heart). ‘Parisian Portraits’ exemplifies the aphorism - plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more it changes, the more it is the same). Raana Haider explores the yesterday, today and tomorrow of the most beautiful city in the world. In the City of Lights, she is charmed by the Are de Triomphe, the Bois de Boulogne, the Champs-Elysées. However, she also covers art and auctions; baguettes and bistrots; cafés and Chanel; Diana and Duke and Duchess of Windsor; emigrés and Egyptomania; mega-Louvre and mini-museums and the feather in the national cap - the World Cup 1998. The abundance of superlatives on Paris bears witness to the scores of its admirers through the ages Parisians who have crossed national boundaries - Parisians not by birth but by choice. ‘Parisian Portraits’ is also the Paris of the American Art Buchwald, the English Charles Dickens, the Hungarian George Mikes, the Russian Andrei Makin6 and any number of other Parisians by inclination.
Raana Haider has an MA in Sociology from, the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. The author’s last book A Perspective in Development: Gender Focus was published by the University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1995. A second reprint of the book appears in 2000. An edition of the book was also published by the American University of Cairo Press, Cairo, Egypt in 1996.
A life-long indefatigable traveller, Raana Haider’s first sojourn to a foreign land was to Syria in 1950. As the daughter and wife of diplomats, travel and discovery are passionate occupations. Raana Haider is also a sociologist with research on her mind and there are places that have, touched the heart. Her interests have come together in Parisian Portraits. She currently resides in Tehran.