A slim tour of famous buildings and sites in Yangon. While there is a loose theme tying the book together – one of buildings and their purpose – the string is slack and fails to pull the seemingly arbitrary architectural samples in a coherent manner. None of this really matters though, as the strength of the book is in the curious details that you never really discover in works on Myanmar by those writing from the outside. Where else could you learn about the American in 1962 who somehow froze the pitch at Aung San football stadium in ice and performed a series of ‘Holiday on Ice’ musical shows?
Title: Interesting Places of the Past
Author: Maung Khine Zaw
Publisher: Today Publishing House
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)