Dr Rafi Mustafa’s pursuit for peace and harmony among people of different faiths and ethnicities comes out in his writing: his common theme is migration, which results in the uprooting of families due to upheaval and chaos, and their endeavour to integrate with alien societies. Although his novels are set in the Partition, his eloquent depiction of the bewilderment and trauma felt by his protagonist is universal. He started his career in academia and, after earning his PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1969, he was engaged in teaching and research at various universities in Pakistan, Sudan, UK and Canada. He runs his I.T. company which he set up in Canada 35 years ago.