Interpreter of Winds – Fairoz Ahmad


Often an unnoticed caress on our faces, winds are voiceless and formless. How do we interpret them? What mysteries can we find in the whispers of winds? From a Dutch occupied Java where a witch was murdered, a dog who desires to be a Muslim, to a day in which all sense of music is lost, the mundane is aflame with the uncanny.

In these stories, Fairoz Ahmad invites you to take a closer look at ordinary objects, as they take on a life of their own and spin gossamer threads. This book is a celebration of the little charms and enchantments of our universes amidst struggles and eventual helplessness.

Interpreter of Winds is a reflection of his experiences and observations growing up Muslim in a world too busy, too distracted, to understand one another, and his belief that the magic, wonder and richness of one’s history and culture, together with their quirks and eccentricities, could help narrow this gap in understanding.

Fairoz Ahmad is the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Chapter W. The organisation works at the intersection of women, technology and social impact. For his work with the community, he was awarded the National University of Singapore’s Outstanding Young Alumni award. He also lectures in sociology and community development at Temasek Polytechnic. Fairoz recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) under the Chevening-Oxford scholarship.

Further reading

Read: Interpreter of Winds, Ethos Books

Review: Interpreter of Winds, TF Rhoden, Asian Review of Books

Prompt: Write a paragraph observing your daily routine through the eyes of your pet, or another animal if you don’t have one.

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