‘Letters From Burma’ is a collection of beautifully written letters which touches all the topics related to Myanmar (Burma) ranging from daily activities of a Burmese such as tea-shop sitting, traditional festivals such as Thingyan(Water Festival/Burmese New Year) to serious topics like SLORC (the State Law and Order Restoration Council)’s abuses and frequent harassments on pro-democracy activists and NLD members (including a brief biography of the members of the NLD executive committee).
These letters were sent to a Japanese newspaper around 1995-96 when (Daw) Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her house arrest since 1990.
This is a great book! Simple and easy to read vivid portrayals can easily enable the reader to imagine what life in Burma was like in those days.
Highly recommended to any individual (naturally foreigners of course) who’s looking for a quick introduction on Burma, her people and her culture.
I suggest one should also read her two other books (‘Freedom from Fear’ and ‘Voice of Hope: Conversations with Alan Clements) to grasp not only comprehensive account of Burma and her politics but also to gain insight into how the inspirational and courageous leader thinks and acts.