STRANGER TO MY WORLD: COVID Diary Bangladeshi Migrant Worker

STRANGER TO MY WORLD: COVID Diary Bangladeshi Migrant Worker

by MD Sharif Uddin

153,000 foreign construction workers - 47% - were infected by COVID-19 in Singapore. MD Sharif Uddin gives voice to their experience through his personal diary of 2020 which records honest details of the anxieties, uncertainties, frustrations – and longings – faced by himself and his migrant brothers. Dormitory life, hospitalisation, quarantine in community care facilities and the aid rendered by kind Singaporeans give searing insight into the sacrifices of those who helped to build Singapore, their Dream City.


Sharif’s sense of sacrifice and devotion to others… is also the lens through which he sees the world…. It is the very basis of what he has done in (his) books, which is to welcome us into his world – hardly an easy one – with the conviction that his writing will be a source of comfort and change. If you are holding this book, that welcome is extended to you too, with all the possibility it brings. So read on, then. Don’t be a stranger..

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Product Details

  • Binding : Paperback
  • Number of Pages : 274
  • Publisher : LANDMARK BOOKS
  • Weight : 250g
  • Product Code : 9789811804823
  • Dimension : 195 x 130 mm

About Author

MD Sharif Uddin

MD Sharif Uddin was born in 1978 in Dilalpur village, Nandail, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He has a Diploma in Ceramic Technology. He arrived in Singapore in 2008 where he currently works in the piling and construction sector as a Safety Coordinator.
Sharif writes short stories and poetry and has been published in journals and anthologies in Singapore and Bangladesh including Migrant Tales, Probash Bangla and Kabber Paloke Bashantha.

His poem “A Worker’s Journey” was shortlisted in the 2014 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition in Singapore. “Velu and a History”, about the Little India Riot of 2013, was commissioned for Written Country= The History of Singapore through Literature. His favourite writers are Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Bibhutivushan Bandyopadhyay. Stranger to Myself, his first book, won the 2018 Singapore Book Awards for best non-fiction title..