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Moosa And Me – A Reunion / A Massacre – Again / Eid Mubaarak 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Moosa And Me – A Reunion / A Massacre – Again / Eid Mubaarak

Moosa And Me – A Reunion Forty-eight years ago, when I am sixteen, Moosa comes into my family’s life. He, too is sixteen, a young, healthy, and strong African lad. He works as a house boy at home and does what is told with a ready smile. Since we are the same age, we kid…

Blast From The Past / A Heartbreak – Nasra 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Blast From The Past / A Heartbreak – Nasra

Blast From The Past I make a quick trip to the hillside resort of Lushoto within the Usambara mountain range, the Switzerland of Tanzania, just before Ramadhan begins. For three days, accompanied by Zamina and Zuhair, my nephew Mohammed’s kids, and Ali Merali and Dadima, I become a teenager once more. Being with a bunch…

Nasra, My Latest Daughter / A Thousand Apologies 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Nasra, My Latest Daughter / A Thousand Apologies

Nasra, My Latest Daughter I notice Nasra sleeping on her back, arms raised, as if in surrender, her torso exposed to the elements, a stone throw away from the Khoja mosque here in Dar es Salaam. There is no air-conditioner, no fan, of course. There is no mattress. No pillow. No blanket. no mosquito net…

Such Is Life 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Such Is Life

Such Is Life I must visit India and Bangladesh, to hell with the bloody Doodoo. It’s been over a year since I was there; compliance audits for CAI projects in both countries await me. I especially long to meet the 200 Rohingya orphans at their ramshackle camp outside Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, again. CAI donors have…

Felled By Two Accursed M’buus / A Booboo 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Felled By Two Accursed M’buus / A Booboo

Felled By Two Accursed M’buus Let me relate to you the story of two m’buus, may Allah curse them until the day of reckoning. Now, you cannot hurry me up. This story must be told at my pace, the way I want it. So, I suggest you make yourself a cup of chai, or coffee,…

The Case Of The Soiled Kababs 150 150 Comfort Aid International

The Case Of The Soiled Kababs

So, I’m in steamy, soupy Dar es Salaam at the moment, settling in for a few months so that I can do justice to the ongoing CAI projects. It is the first time in almost a year that I fly Emirates. The airline has suddenly become overly generous, extending my Platinum tier miles for two…

Mullah Mchungu And The Super Bowl / The Beginning 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Mullah Mchungu And The Super Bowl / The Beginning

Mullah Mchungu And The Super Bowl I am well rested from my trip to East Africa where cases of the Doodoo are on the up and up once again, especially in Tanzania. The increase in the death toll within the Khoja community in Dar es Salaam has prompted the powers-to-be to be extra vigilant and…

Sabah Gets Married / Eyes Don’t Lie 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Sabah Gets Married / Eyes Don’t Lie

Sabah Gets Married It is twenty years ago when I meet Sabah Nazim Hussein in Kolkata, India. Her mother has passed away giving birth to her fourth child. The father, desperate and destitute, decides to sell one of his infant sons for money. Shocked, dismayed, and angered at the deranged man, bless him, Aliakber Ratansi…

An orphan’s Baba / India’s Bull Shit Flies 150 150 Comfort Aid International

An orphan’s Baba / India’s Bull Shit Flies

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 myself, accompanied by fellow CAI Trustee Sohail Abdullah on an airplane heading to Kabul. Joining us are well-wishers Shaida from…

Happy New Year? 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year? The year 2020 is history. Unprecedented in the misery and death it spewed. I don’t believe my ancestors going back 100 years experienced anything like this past year, where the very air we breathe is suspect. Friends and family greet me on New Year’s Day with a chirpy happy new year and…

Of Orphan Care, Privileged Worshipers 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Of Orphan Care, Privileged Worshipers

This COVID doodoo is creating so much havoc in my life, I feel it is the ‘greater jihad’ that the maulanas keep on reminding me from the pulpit. Murtaza Bhimani and I try to take off for Kampala from Dar but the Center for Disease Control in Dar works on their own leisurely pace and…

Pineapples That Descend From The Heavens 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Pineapples That Descend From The Heavens

I am on my way to Africa. It’s to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda this time. CAI donors have invested in multiple projects in Kenya and we must make sure all these are defect-free. In Tanzania, I’ll commission the new Sakina Girls Home in Zanzibar, caring for orphan girls with total care and an opportunity for…

Umm ul Baneen (UB) – The Defiant Daughter 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Umm ul Baneen (UB) – The Defiant Daughter

I have known the Kutchi family for years; indeed, I went to high school with Ameer Khuchi in Tanga, Tanzania at the Popatlal Secondary School. It was a family not unlike mine then, or any other middle-class family of Asian Khojas whose ancestors made East Africa home. Ameer Kutchi was an athlete, a good cricketer,…

Kamala Ben And Biden Bhai – Endless Possibilities? 150 150 Comfort Aid International

Kamala Ben And Biden Bhai – Endless Possibilities?

My cellphone with Mullah Mchungu’s name flashes about a minute after CNN calls the duo of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden as victors of the 2020 US presidential elections. I am glued to the idiot box the last three days, breaking only for salaat, sleeping off and on, using the loo, or working out; I…

The Land Of The Imams – II / Zahra Hussaini – A Runaway CAI Success Story 150 150 Comfort Aid International

The Land Of The Imams – II / Zahra Hussaini – A Runaway CAI Success Story

The Land Of The Imams – II Since my last Blog riled the fiery feathers of a solitary fan because I used a supposed curse word (shit), I have decided to be super-nice and script only the nicest of words for Sohail’s and my second leg of our current trip; from Afghanistan to Iraq via…

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