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Hopping Through Dar / Tanga / Pemba / Zanzibar 150 150 ComfortAid International

Hopping Through Dar / Tanga / Pemba / Zanzibar

Hopping Through Dar / Tanga / Pemba / Zanzibar Emirates flight EK725 from Dubai lands Dar es Salaam 5 minutes ahead of schedule, the American pilot tells us it’s because he helped push the aircraft…haha. He has been joking since takeoff, telling us that he wears his seatbelts all the time because he is scared…

Land Of My Imams / I Am So Upset, So Mad 150 150 ComfortAid International

Land Of My Imams / I Am So Upset, So Mad

Land Of My Imams / I Am So Upset, So Mad FlyDubai is a terrible airline. It has modern aircrafts and all, but an unfriendly crew and lousy service. It is as if they know they play the second fiddle to their cousins at Emirates and the resentment shows. Flying economy, nothing is free. Since…

My Name Is Salman Khan! 150 150 ComfortAid International

My Name Is Salman Khan!

My Name Is Salman Khan! So brags Salman, a circa nine-year-old I encounter the day before yesterday, walking the short distance from the Leela Hotel, a stone’s throw from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. It simply used to be called Bombay International Airport during saner, more cheerful times. Although the Leela is a piece…

The #MeToo Movement, Scary Times. For Me. 150 150 ComfortAid International

The #MeToo Movement, Scary Times. For Me.

The #MeToo Movement, Scary Times. For Me. Mullah Mchungu has me scared silly. So scared, that I have begun living the life of an upright mo’min in India, to the tee. It all starts here in Mumbai, where I am holed up for a few days, auditing and making sure CAI’s many Indian projects are…

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…

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