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Farhad Ahad (1970-2003)

This is a tribute to my dear friend, Farhad Ahad. After successfully leading Afghan Solidarity, Farhad jan went to Afghanistan in 2002 to be part of the reconstruction. He was one of the first group of Afghan-American engineers who returned to Kabul to survey the region. He later joined the Afghan government and was part […]

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SAWCC’s 6th Annual Literary Festival: March 6 and March 7, 2009

Stranger Love: SAWCC’s Sixth Annual Literary Festival March 6–7, 2009 A two-day series of readings, panel discussions, and writing workshops featuring South Asian writing that explores love between strangers and love that is strange. This year’s festival, Stranger Love, calls to mind accidental encounters and provocative attractions that defy the boundaries of social expectation. Through […]

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Zarif Design

Founded by the dark-eyed beauty, Zolaykha Sherzad, Zarif Design is not just about creating small revolutions (fabric for men are now redesigned for women) it is also about re-infusing energy back into the cultural crafts such as weaving and embroidery. She’s reinvented the Uzbek chapan (coat for men that Karzai made famous) and taken a […]

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Manty/Mantu

Perhaps one of my favorite CenAsian dishes is manty/mantu (Afghan Uzbek version): Meat Dumpings. In my spare time, in between power teaching, writing, and editing… I love to cook. I read a stove guide on the SmartlyHeated site and found my pefect match! This two level steamer can fit two Thanksgiving turkeys! For my Eid guests, she steamed up four […]

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