Journey of a Lifetime

by Ajaz Haque



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781665758239
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781665758246
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781665758253

About the Book

Inspired by the flow of tourists from Europe to Asia, author Ajaz Haque and his friend Bilal planned in 1963 to hitchhike from Asia to Europe. By doing this, the teenagers charted an unprecedented course, hitchhiking from Lahore, Pakistan, to Stuttgart, Germany, while carrying nothing but dreams. With hardly any money and only ambition in their pockets, they embarked on a journey about which they had hardly any idea.
In 1964, their journey led them to Iran, where they encountered an unexpected roadblock due to passport restrictions in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Austria. They were dejected in Tehran, but their fortunes took a remarkable turn when they spotted a world map on a nearby newsstand. In a flash of inspiration, they decided to bypass Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, opting for an alternate route through Greece, Italy, and Switzerland, a choice that turned their mission impossible into a feat. Along the way they experienced the warmth and hospitality of Turkey, suspicion in Greece during the Cyprus conflict, a progressive and fast-developing environment Italy, and the beauty of Switzerland. Their story shares the unfamiliar cultures and cuisines they encountered, the challenges of indecipherable languages and survival, and finally accomplishing their mission and experiencing the elation of making it to Stuttgart, Germany.
This personal narrative recalls a vital journey taken in one man’s youth in the 1960s and explores the way it affected the rest of his life.

About the Author

Ajaz Haque was born to a middle-class family in Lahore, three years before the independence and partition of India. He holds a BA in economics and political science and is currently retired from a career in finance and banking that spanned the globe. He has three adult children and five grandchildren, and he lives in Toronto, Canada, spending winters in Dubai and Lahore.