PESHAWAR - A book titled “Tehzeeb Ka Safar” accurately depicts the life and culture in Iran and paints a picture in the minds of readers about the neighbouring country’s customs.

The book in Urdu language has been authored by a Peshawar-based journalist Muhammad Daud. The author once visited Iran on an official tour that acquainted him with an indepth knowledge on Iran and its people and their culture and it prompted him to write an entire book on it. Using a simple language, Daud discusses certain famous places in Iran, their history, foods, as well as the progress of Iran in various spheres including medical, science and economy.

Discussing Mashad area and the tomb of Imam Ali Raza, the author discusses the beauty of the area crowds of people visiting the shrine and other facts in a way that the reader feels as if he or she is visiting the area in person. He also mentions the shrine of known Iranian poet Ferdowsi, whose “Shahnama” of 60,000 words has been translated in almost all languages. A visit to the tomb of astronomer Umer Khayam in Neshapur is also mentioned. The author also narrates his journey in a train and then compares it with the train service in Pakistan but gives Iran’s railway an edge for its better facilities and comfort. The foods in Iran are normally having lesser spices, although Iranians like nutrients-rich foods. However, use of sugar is almost the same in Iran and Pakistan, and many Iranians suffer teeth problems due to the use of sweets.

The book also discusses the history of Iran capital Tehran, museum, royal palaces, Metro service, and the main university in the capital city. Iranians also have a great regard for Pakistani poet Dr Muhammad Iqbal. Dispelling western propaganda about Iran, the author says that almost 65% of the education sector is being handled by womenfolk and women are also working in various sectors alongside their male counterparts.

According to the book, football is a popular game of Iranians and its leagues are organised on college and university levels while the national game of Iran is free style wrestling.

In short, reading the book, a reader feels as if he is strolling in the streets and parks of Iran and tasting their traditional foods.