Snapshot: The hero in this testimony struggles to break the jails of personal, social, political, religious and office labels, throughout his life, while researching similar trends in Egypt’s history and seeking knowledge from academic self-help books.
General, this is a creative non-fictional progress of life, driven by a struggle of a schoolchild in the fifties to bypass personal trauma, amidst an already socially shifting society, following its 1952 coup-d’état. This society marginalized its ethnic citizens and striving families. The child is supported by friends from the school's soccer team; they protect him. But in the 60s many of them and their families leave Egypt seeking social justice and tolerance, overseas.
The first half starts in a turbulent post WW2 Egypt, including its confrontation with prominent world heads such as USA's (President Dwight Eisenhower) and Canada's (Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson), whose daughter in law, was Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Chretien, and whom the hero had met in Ottawa. Hon. Lester B Pearson has earned his Noble Prize in view of his judicious intervention of 1956, in the U.N. Supreme Council to resolve the Suez-Canal Crisis and avert an imminent catastrophe.
The second half of his life is in Canada, where the hero encounters intense corporate pressure, peer slurs, and mind games. He feels terribly lonely. All he wants is the right to know, choose, create music, and join a theatre group, in Quebec and Ontario, far from hurt and politics, which is why he immigrated. He studied stern communication theories and graduated in communication and journalism. He is influenced by Marshall McLuhan, Wilbur Schramm, Walter Cronkite, Rev. Dr. Joseph Murphy, J. J. Rousseau, and other communication and philosophy gurus. In addition, he continues his struggle with misleading and corrupt mind games that rid him of his right to choose, for a while, hence a pivotal malady of all striving middle managers in this age, stricken children and victims of forceful religious institutions.
His scattered religious retreats in Magog, Quebec reveal little bouquets and scents of history, spiritual resolution and human reconciliation, here and there. They are true events but they are packaged romantically to pave the way to whomever wants to comply with straightforward dialogue; it adds some lovely shades and colors.
Also, throughout his life, the hero's mother was his best friend, in addition to his soccer team of friends at school. They were his lifelines from bullies and so was she but many had left Egypt during its new socialist regime of the sixties and his mother was aging.
The hero meets his university soul mate, at the age of sixty, once more. His mother is thrilled. The soul mates marry in Montreal and fly to Egypt, to rekindle the beautiful past but the hero's health has broken and he is about to lose his battle with depression, social scrutiny, corporate slurs and bullying.
Before his vacation in Egypt with his wife, he promises his ailing mother that he will pick up his health and be back for her, soon, in spring. He does, and he returns as scheduled. But his health is deteriorating rapidly and his aging mother is preparing for her return journey to God. Soon, his wife helps him overcome his health challenges and pressing pains. His mom passes away in his arms at 98. After a while, he overcomes his terrible mourning and starts to celebrate a new cycle with his beloved wife. One day, he walks in the streets of Montreal only to discover few of his soccer team mates, fifty years later.
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About the Author
Better known as Rafi, Reffo, Ralph or Raphael, he incarnates different nationalities and associates his name with them. He juggles with different accents and enjoys posing on stage as a comedian or dramatist. He performed in major productions by Chekov, Pirandello, Ibsen, Gorki, Miller, Shakespeare and others. He worked for airlines, hotels and tourism, all of his life.
Rafik Baladi studied music theory, harmony and counterpoint and plays the piano to small audiences and his family till this day, in 2018.
Rafik G. Baladi has composed a variety of musical themes for film, drama and documentaries that he turned into short films and published on YouTube under 'Rafik Baladi'
Jasmines from Egypt Branches Forever - Tale of a Growing Child is publshed in five formats, as follows:
isbn: 978-1-7751-501-0-7 (sc) Black & White Interior isbn: 978-1-7751-501-1-4 (hc) Black & White Interior isbn: 978-1-7751-501-2-1 (e)
isbn: 978-1-7751-501-4-5 (sc) Color Interior isbn: 978-1-7751-501-3-8 (hc) Color Interior
Table of Contents
Chapter - 1 Before my September-2008, retreat in Magog - 1
Chapter – 2 Before my September-2008, retreat in Magog – 2 Mother, my rock, fifty-five years earlier 1
Chapter – 3 Before my September-2008, retreat in Magog - 3 Mother, fifty-five years earlier 2
Chapter 4 Who Drove the Flowers Out of Their Roots?
Chapter 5 My ancestors’ immigration to Egypt from the Levant
Chapter 6 My Mother’s Early Years with Dad
Chapter 7 Egypt, the Dwindling Golden Years
Chapter 8 Who Drove the Egyptians Out of Egypt? A chronological sequence of vital information
Chapter 9 Scents of Jasmine and Seeds of Fear Fifty-five years earlier, childhood; home and school
Chapter 10 Breeding the Seeds of Fear! The Departures!
Chapter 11 The Retreat—1 Today, by Lake Memphre-Magog
Chapter 12 The Retreat—2
Chapter 13 Passions and Roots-1 Snapshots of our childhood
Chapter 14 Passions and Roots – 2 Alexandria and Ras-el-Bar (Mes Amours)
Chapter 15 Passions and Roots-3 Sinai, Mon Amour
Chapter 16 Passions and Roots—4 Bending the Barriers of Tradition
Chapter 17 Passions and Roots—5 Struggling Toward My Adulthood
Chapter 18 Passions and Roots—6 My Brother, Camille, the Cool and Loving—1
Chapter 19 Passions and Roots—7 My Brother, Camille, the Cool and Loving—2
Chapter 20 Passions and Roots—8 Turning Points
Chapter 21 Passions and Roots—9 The Last Summer – Building character
Chapter 22 Passions and Roots—10 The Day I Said Farewell to Camille
Chapter 23 Passions and Roots—11 The Day the Sun Went Down
Chapter 24 Return to Life without Camille Papa, Mon Amour
Chapter 25 After the Storms
Chapter 26 The Retreat – 3 Return to the Present
Chapter 27 Return to Work—1
Chapter 28 Return to Work—2
Chapter 29 Return to Work—3
Chapter 30 The Break in Egypt—1
Chapter 31 The Break in Egypt—2
Chapter 32 The Break in Egypt—3
Chapter 33 The Break in Egypt—4
Chapter 35 The Wedding and the Family
Chapter 36 Cutting the Umbilical Cord
Chapter 37 Four Weeks to Go A Shade from Sixty Years
Chapter 38 Return to Egypt for winter and the Unbelievable
Chapter 39 The Following Three Months in a Turbulent Egypt
Chapter 40 Reflections and Resolutions — Across the Atlantic
Chapter 41 A Breath of Fresh Air … Gentle Breezes from the Past The day following our return to Montreal
Chapter 42 Reflections and Resolutions by the Lake
Chapter 43 The Day the Sun Came Back
Chapter 44 Egypt 2013-2016 the Eternal Cradle of Civilization And the Immoral Struggle for Power
Chapter 45 A dark dawn in January Mother, my eternal angel