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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…

A Day With The Rohingya Orphans 150 150 ComfortAid International

A Day With The Rohingya Orphans

The mosquitos at Shahjalal Airport, Dhaka are deadly. They are fat, feisty and ugly, but amazingly agile, and seem to dodge my attempts to squat them dead easily; I can almost hear them laughing at my duds. Still, I manage to murder a number of them, some with my holy blood splattering the laptop screen…

Dubious Hadiths – And A Dilemma 150 150 ComfortAid International

Dubious Hadiths – And A Dilemma

I am a resident of a chowl dwelling near Malad, on the outskirts of Mumbai. It could be any low-cost housing that dots every major city in India, the location is not important. I live in a 15 x 12 feet nondescript dump with my wife, 2 kids, and my elderly parents. The parents sleep…

Pilipino Pilipili, Marawi – Painful Experiences 150 150 ComfortAid International

Pilipino Pilipili, Marawi – Painful Experiences

Sometime in May 2017, the city of Marawi, Philippines, in the Muslim south, ISIS militants lay siege, causing death, mayhem, and destruction to the people of the city. In the aftermath of the counter-assault by the Pilipino army, thirty percent of the city saw almost complete obliteration. Those who were able to escape found refuge…

Six Kababs And An (Elaichi Free) Kitumbua 150 150 ComfortAid International

Six Kababs And An (Elaichi Free) Kitumbua

Dar is surprisingly temperate in the middle of summer, when before, in January, I could not stop perspiring, even when idling in the shadows. My Indian Guru, Aliakberbhai Ratansi is finally joining me for his first ever visit to Tanzania, after futile attempts to coax him the last 21 years I have known the man.…

Kabul Trials / A Tragic Loss 150 150 ComfortAid International

Kabul Trials / A Tragic Loss

Kabul Trials  Next to me sits a lanky Pashtun who thinks little of poking his elbow into my ribs every time he moves his hands to spit the remnants of stinky naswar tobacco from his lips into a plastic cup. And next to him sits a burly American from New Orleans who has already downed 3…

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