Arabic version of book on stories of road accident victims launched – Muscat Daily
Majid Al Suleimany – The Author.
By M Najmuz Zafar
After writing Being the Safe Driver, Oman’s first of its kind book based on real life stories of road accident victims, author Majid al Suleimany has now come out with its Arabic translation.
Having originally written in English in 2013, Suleimany said he translated the book into Arabic to reach out to maximum number of people across the country.
“Road safety is an issue that needs to be taken to schools. Children should be educated on the horrible consequences of road accidents that have devastated thousands of families in the country,” Suleimany said, adding that he is planning to ask schools to keep the book in their libraries. “We should start with young people and educate them about this sensitive and fatal issue. I am trying to get in touch with the Ministry of Education as well. I have also given free copies to the Oman Road Safety Association and ROP Sohar to spread the message.”
A retired human resources consultant, Suleimany, who has authored many books, said that it was not easy writing this one, but a few personal experiences forced him to take a deeper look at the road safety issue.
Narrating an incident that shook him deeply, Suleimany said, “There was this young girl I knew who used to take great interest in my work and would often call to enquire about my writing. When I did not hear from her for a long time, I called the company where she worked. I was shocked to hear that she along with her family had got killed in a road accident,” adding, “Though I had read about the accident in a newspaper, but never realised it could be about someone I knew.
“Every day we read about accidents in the media, but how often we get to know what happens next? We hardly get to know about the families affected and how survivors struggle to get their lives back on track.”
He added that Oman is a country with one of the highest number of road accidents and casualties. “It is unbelievable how people put their and other’s lives at risk.”http://www.muscatdaily.com/adsense_features.html
Speaking about the translation of the book into Arabic, Suleimany said he received a lot of help from PDO.
Printed in the US, the book has a collection of more than 60 real life stories. While the Arabic version is available at Family Book Shop for RO5, the one in English is available for RO9.
Arabic Book – http://www.createspace.com/4875352