Book Review: 'Whispers of Oman' unveils women's contribution
June 13, 2015 | 10:16 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: 'Whispers of Oman', a book about women in the Sultanate, written by Oman-based Belgian Maria Dekeersmaeker has been launched in Oman.

Speaking about the book, Maria said, “My research for the books ‘The DNA of Salalah-Dhofar,’ published in 2011, ‘Treasure Chest Salalah-Dhofar,’ published in 2012 and the blogmagazine, gave me the opportunity to meet people in the Sultanate and to listen to their stories.”

She added, “stories from mainly women that I met by coincidence or that were brought to me by other women became the backbone of ‘Whispers of Oman.’ Women and also some men have shared their thoughts, and the efforts they have made, and still continue to do to become the people they want to be,” she said.

Saying that ‘Whispers of Oman’ is a tribute to the achievements of the Omani people, she said, “After 1970, when His Majesty Sultan Qaboos took over, they gratefully took the opportunities their country offered them to develop their skills and pursue the things they were good at. ‘Whispers of Oman’ is a tribute to their achievements. The choice of the portraits is mine.”

Stating that she hopes the readers enjoy reading ‘Whispers of Oman,’ like she enjoyed writing it, Maria said, “My achievement is that I carefully brought all this collected information together. Every whisper in my ear touched my heart and soul and became a precious diamond in my writings.”

‘Whispers of Oman,’ with 94 pages, and 42 portraits with lot of pictures, is available in Muscat and Salalah, in Al Batra Bookshop and the Family Bookshop. An e-book is on the way.

About herself she says, “Writing is a microbe. Being a freelance journalist and author is a pleasure. Writing books is a dream come true. As a Belgium journalist and author my ideas and writings have given me the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe and China, which has resulted in many articles in several magazines and journals throughout Europe, an international Journalism Award in Italy, three travel books and a book on modern Eastern European art. And last but not least, in 2008 there was my first novel ‘The Earth has Fever,’, which is still an actual theme. My writings have also put me on the road to the Sultanate, to Salalah in Dhofar, and the Southern region. Still, the place and the country inspire me to write books.”

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