The Migrant Report – A Review

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About the book: The penalty for stealing is losing your hand. No wonder Ali can leave his wallet overnight in his office. Crime hovers on the fringes of society, under the veneer of utopia. Police captain Ali’s hopes of joining the elite government forces are dashed when his childhood deformity is discovered. His demotion brings him face to face with the corruption of labor agencies and also Maryam, an aspiring journalism student, who is unlike any local girl he has ever met. Ali and his unlikely sidekick must work together to find the reason so many laborers are dying. Against the glittery backdrop of the oil rich Arabian Gulf, Ali pursues a corrupt agency that will stop at nothing to keep their profits rising. As the body count rises, so does the pressure to settle the source. Can Ali settle the score before the agency strikes again? Get The Migrant Report through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s award winning books have focused on various aspects of life in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar. From Dunes to Dior is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and named as Indie Book of the Day in 2013. Love Comes Later is a literary romance set in Qatar and London and was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013, short listed for the New Talent award by the Festival of Romance, and Best Novel Finalist in eFestival of Words, 2013. She currently lives with her family in Qatar, where she teaches writing and literature courses at American universities. Connect with Mohanalakshmi on her website, Facebook,or Twitter.
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My thoughts:

The Migrant Report by Mohanalaksmi Rajakumar is not an easy read. This book stretches your mind and heart and begs you to try and understand actions, beliefs and behaviour foreign to our everyday sheltered lives. This is a tale of people and greed. Trust and friendship and ultimately how humans react in different situations. The Migrant Report tells the tale of migrant workers being shipped into a tiny affluent Middle Eastern Country to earn money to be sent home, whether that be India, Nepali or Pakistan. The mixture of cultures, taboo’s and beliefs creates a current of constant confusion and fear of what is acceptable, did I follow the correct procedure and ultimately “who will be blamed”.

In a county where the penalty for stealing is losing your hand crime is hidden and hanging on to the underside of this utopia with its class towers and dwellings filled with priceless carpets and golden taps. The contrast between the affluent and the working class is as harsh as the desert heat and wind in this world of money and greed. Police Caption Ali’s promotion into the elite government forces is shelved because he is judged “less of a man” due to a childhood deformity. Judgements passed, not only on citizens, but especially woman and the workforce is harsh and delivered by a world dominated by males. Maryam, a university student on the look out for a topic for a report, teams up with Captain Ali to find out why so many of the migrant workers, especially the ones working for her fathers business, are dying and what can be done. Added to the mix is a University Professor and his American wife trying to come to terms with personal loss and settling in this harsh country where woman and labourers are basically prisoners in their homes and surroundings.


4 thoughts on “The Migrant Report – A Review

  1. Hi!
    I’m so glad you could join us on the tour! Thanks for this review, it was a pleasure to read, well-written, and very thoughtful. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book, and wrote some great thoughts to share with us!

    When you have a moment, if you could cross post your review to Amazon and/or Goodreads, I know the author would really appreciate it!


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