Toronto-based first-time author M.H. (Mike) VELSHI will be autographing copies of his new memoir, CONVERSATIONS ON THREE CONTINENTS ($12.50) this coming Saturday March 22 between 2pm and 4pm at MONSOONS, 144 Yorkville Ave, Yorkville (Toronto).
In a story familiar to many in North America, Mike shares his family’s multi-generational struggles adapting to new cultures and customs, relationships and career choices across three continents. Opening with Mike’s parents in India in the early 1930’s, the book traces his family’s journey as they escape political and cultural conflicts in India, Kenya and Uganda with Mike finally arriving in Canada in the mid-1970’s, a safe haven that offers both security and challenges for new immigrants. (excerpt below)
1934 Mumbai: Bai looked out at the bay and sat in silence for a few long minutes. Then she turned to Anil and said, “Well, if you’re really determined to leave the farm, I may have a better way out.” She pointed to where the sun was setting over the glistening blue Arabian Sea and said, “That’s where you should go.” Anil looked at her quizzically. “To Africa,” she said.
1974 Toronto: We landed in a city with streets covered in snow, trees bare of leaves, its sky grey. It was a shocking contrast to Nairobi’s towering eucalypti, green lawns and bougainvillea covered in brilliant sunshine.
Born in 1944 in Nairobi, Kenya, which was then a British colony, Mike Velshi witnessed the Mau Mau uprising as a young boy and became deeply interested in the tensions of tribal cultures in Africa, the caste system of India and the colonial system of the British. Once the war ended and Kenya became an independent nation, Mike went to Uganda to study mathematics then later to England to study computer science. He migrated to Canada in 1974 and soon started working in the financial sector, eventually becoming Chief Technology Officer/Sr. VP with one of Canada’s major banks.
Now retired, the father of two grown children consults with tech start-ups, writes and travels frequently with his artist wife, Najma. The memoir Conversations on Three Continents is his first book, and Mike is currently working on his second book, a novel set during the Uganda ethnic cleansing crisis.
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On Tuesday March 18th, Mike visited the Rogers TV Toronto studios for an appearance on their “Daytime Toronto” chat show (see photos below) to promote the book signing with host VAL COLE, and later in the evening, he will be interviewed by NIK BEAT, host of the long-running spoken word/music radio show on CIUT 89.5FM (@ 10pm)
Visit www.monsoons.ca to see the gorgeous home décor and affordable luxury fashion accessories, as well as copies of Mike’s book. And watch Rogers Daytime Toronto every weekday 10am live and 3pm for a repeat airing http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?sid=126&rid=16&lid=12