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‘Our Gurkhas’: The Process of Creating the Book August 17 2012

Epigram Books is proud to present Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes by talented photographer and writer Zakaria Zainal.

Do keep a look out  on the Epigram Books Facebook page for more details about the first book event!

Zakaria will be on hand to autograph copies of your book.

Date: Friday, 31 August 2012
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Venue: National Library, Possibility Room, Level 5


Without further ado, we’ll hear from Zakaria about the journey he embarked on to publish his book.

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Exactly a year ago, I was based in Nepal doing fieldwork—gathering portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkhas. Little did I know the impact this work would have on the Gurkha community as well as Singaporeans.

What a difference this year has been.

Let me state upfront: The journey in making a book on this invisible community would not have been possible without the support of Epigram Books.
I first met Edmund in November 2011, as we both were speakers for PLATFORM—a gathering of Singapore-based photographers, who use stills, video or multimedia, to tell stories.

I was sharing my work on the Gurkhas while he was sharing more about book publishing, especially photography books. A few meetings later, work on the book started. I believe we were both excited at the thought of making this photography book possible.

It was my first time being involved in such a process but I have enjoyed it at every step—be it the editorial direction, choice and sequencing of portraits and stories as well as marketing this book project.

But it cannot be said enough, the help and support of the Singapore Gurkha community in Nepal for opening their homes and hearts, and allowing me to document their lives to be shared with other Singaporeans.

Enjoy these photographs that documents the process of making the book.