Readers have to read this interesting account of a man who was gifted in so many ways.
One of the ways was architecture. In chapter entitled Architecture, Akhtar writes: upon completing the first three years of his architectural studies, in Mumbai in 1943, M A Ahed returned to his native Hyderabad for the next five years to work in the Town Planning department and at the private practice of M. Fayazuddin, the most reputed architect in Hyderabad. Here in 1947, he marries Shahreyar Bano Haqqani, the educated niece of his employer, with whom he would have two sons, Javed and Ejaz.
M A Ahed had a simple and straightforward architectural philosophy: “Architecture is a representation of a society….” He believed that the design of a building should fulfill its purpose comfortably with regard to culture, climatic and programmatic requirements and that such consideration would generate its form….” Readability of the book is tremendous and there is no sentence which can be termed redundant. Once the reader starts the book, cannot put it aside until the end.