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An African Trip – Of Hope And Toothaches 150 150 ComfortAid International

An African Trip – Of Hope And Toothaches

An African Trip – Of Hope And Toothaches Royal Air Moroc have a policy, I suppose, of total darkness in the aircraft cabin from the minute the cold and tasteless snack service is over to the time it begins descending at the destination. It’s a cue to all traveling in cattle class to sleep, no…

Muharram – Then, Now 150 150 ComfortAid International

Muharram – Then, Now

Muharram – Then, Now The 10 days of rituals that lead up to Ashura were one of the most important religious rites I eagerly participated as a child; still do, albeit for altered reasons. These are the annual rites that Ahlebeyti Muslims commemorate the tragic events that gripped Karbala some 15 centuries ago. Even as…

Mullah Mchungu’s Spanking Dilemma 150 150 ComfortAid International

Mullah Mchungu’s Spanking Dilemma

Mullah Mchungu’s Spanking Dilemma So, I am frustratingly trying to extract impossible to get information about a reported Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan where 50 orphan boys cared for by CAI are located when my cellphone farts, flashing Mullah Mchungu’s name. I curse, almost. I have tons of pending fires I need…

On The Road – Again 150 150 ComfortAid International

On The Road – Again

With the way India’s Prime Minister Modi lauds the achievements of his administration since he assumed office, you’d think India’s roads are paved with gold. But the vehicle I am in hits another mean jarring pothole and I am returned to realities of political farts; repeat untruths enough times until they become deluded facts. Okay,…

The Rohingya Tragedy, My Turn – Abbas Moloo / Nightmare Turns Into Reality 150 150 ComfortAid International

The Rohingya Tragedy, My Turn – Abbas Moloo / Nightmare Turns Into Reality

The Rohingya Tragedy, My Turn – Abbas Moloo On a recent visit to New York, I meet up with Sohail Abdullah, a CAI trustee, and a longtime friend. We chat about ongoing projects and he invites me to join him on his next trip to audit some of CAI projects, projects in Philippines and Bangladesh.…

Dima’s Story 150 150 ComfortAid International

Dima’s Story

Dima Mardini is a lanky, attractive Syrian woman who has seen more than her share of sorrows for a 26-year-old. I meet her at the Deira City Center in Dubai recently. She is to help me research and develop the plot for my upcoming 4th novel based in Syria during the recent war. Dima has…

Amongst The Rohingyas Of Myanmar – Lest We Forget? 150 150 ComfortAid International

Amongst The Rohingyas Of Myanmar – Lest We Forget?

I posted this Blog in December 2016. Much has changed for the Rohingyas since then. Thousands have been killed and the survivors have been exiled from Burma proper and now rot away in the swamps of squalor camps at Cox’s Bazar – Bangladesh. CAI is active in caring for 140 orphans in a purpose-built school…

Inseeya Fatema’s Story / This Is Mumbai, Meri Jaan 150 150 ComfortAid International

Inseeya Fatema’s Story / This Is Mumbai, Meri Jaan

Inseeya Fatema’s Story / This Is Mumbai, Meri Jaan Inseeya Fatema’s Story Inseeya Fatema had reached out to CAI for help with her unaffordable school fees some 7 years ago. CAI was able to help and she managed to complete her college education. She is now gainfully employed as an assistant accountant and engaged to…

Afghanistan, My Turn – Mazaher Tejani Part II 150 150 ComfortAid International

Afghanistan, My Turn – Mazaher Tejani Part II

Read Part 1 Within 24 hours of returning from Daykundi, Yusufali, Sohail, Wasi, Shaida and I fly to Mazar-i-Sharif. It is where CAI has embarked on constructing 100 homes for homeless families, in addition to building a school to serve the underprivileged villages. Upon approaching Kabul airport we hear an all-familiar explosion; most of the security…

An Orphan’s Baba / India’s Bull Shit Flies / Ramadhan Kareem 150 150 ComfortAid International

An Orphan’s Baba / India’s Bull Shit Flies / Ramadhan Kareem

An orphan’s baba – I am done with the fun and adventure in Vietnam and Cambodia, and although my injured leg from the bicycling accident in Vietnam is still giving me throbbing intermittent grief, I find me, accompanied by fellow CAI Trustee Sohail Abdullah on an airplane heading to Kabul. Joining us are well-wishers Shaida from…

Afghanistan, My Turn – Mazaher Tejani Part I 150 150 ComfortAid International

Afghanistan, My Turn – Mazaher Tejani Part I

When CAI Trustee, Sohail Abdullah, reaches out to me to accompany CAI on their semi-annual trip to Afghanistan, he conveniently does not mention a Blog I’ll have to write. Instead mentions Afghanistan’s stunning landscapes, flavorful cuisines, drop-dead beauties, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with CAI CEO, Ali Yusufali; my positive response is instantaneous. I…

Five Days Of Ecstasy And Agony – What Bounties Of Allah Can I Deny?! – Part 2 150 150 ComfortAid International

Five Days Of Ecstasy And Agony – What Bounties Of Allah Can I Deny?! – Part 2

I will urge you to read Part 1 of this Blog to really appreciate the following continuation: Day three – A grind, an argument Although my body is still sore silly from the previous two days of hard peddling, I am ready and eager to catch up the deficit miles to be made up today. So,…

Five Days Of Ecstasy And Agony – What Bounties Of Allah Can I Deny?! – Part 1 150 150 ComfortAid International

Five Days Of Ecstasy And Agony – What Bounties Of Allah Can I Deny?! – Part 1

There is this long-simmering itch in me to bike-ride in Southeast Asia, so when my air miles and budget jive, I convince my friend and fellow Trustee Sohail Abdullah to join me on a 5-day ride from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam to Chau Doc, near the border of Cambodia. It is a…

Bundu-Bundu Etc. 150 150 ComfortAid International

Bundu-Bundu Etc.

Back in 1980, when I moved to the US, it was really a great country to make and call my own. I had a well-paying job, was transferred to the US from Dubai by an employer that truly appreciated my worth, with the very prized Green Card in hand, work that I truly enjoyed and…

Empowering Women – Success, Finally! 150 150 ComfortAid International

Empowering Women – Success, Finally!

Emirates flight EK219 from Dubai to Orlando appears to be on time, so I make my way through security where a uniformed kid who still seems to be weaning off his pampers tells me I can’t take the empty bottle I use for bathroom hygiene onboard. Ah well. Aboard, I wait for an elderly Indian…

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