An American [Werewolf] in Lahore – Part 1

Me at the Minar-E-Pakistan in Feb. 2012

Last year, I went to Pakistan after 25 years and to Lahore for the first time ever.  My father was from Karachi, but since most of my relatives are here in the U.S. now, we did not have much reason to visit Pakistan.  My wife’s family is from Lahore, so since we both had the time to go last year, we decided to make a last minute trip.  This will be the first part in a series, chronicling my eye-opening trip to Pakistan, and I hope I can pass along some entertaining, yet useful information to all … [Read more...]

An American Ramadan, Circa 1955

Dawn_Moonrise

Does the first experience of Ramadan begin the same for everyone? It all depends on the time and where this all takes place. Consider the time to be during the year 1955 or early 1956, and the place was Oakland when I experienced my first month of fasting. I don’t remember for sure just what time of year it was since time has elapsed.The ordinary calendars said nothing about when Ramadan should begin. There was very little printed literature available, except what I received in the mail from … [Read more...]

Foodistan (Lahore, Pakistan)

Fresh Butter on hand-made Aloo Paratha (Bread stuffed with Potato) in the Pind (Village)

Recently, I came back from a month long trip to Lahore - the culinary capital of Pakistan.Lahore, has a wide variety of cuisine, from fancy upscale Italian restaurants to the simple Pakistani village food and everything in between.A few tips for those of you who may be traveling to Pakistan soon:1. Get Your Shots - Before you Travel (Currently Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Malaria are the main diseases in Pakistan)2. Don't Drink The Water - unless it's Bottled and Sealed … [Read more...]

Masjid Makeover by Rahim’s Wood Gallery

My friend, Rahim Akbar is a Naval architect and engineer by day and an inspired artist by night. He hails from a well known Mughal family that is endowed with a rich and rare history in architectural design, woodworking, iron smith and masonry. His outstanding works which are carved in wood, may be seen gracing ceilings, walls, doors, or as stand alone pieces that invite the viewer to step into the world of the written word… or simply remind one of the beauty and serene complexity of Islamic desi … [Read more...]

Rizwan Manji: Taking Jobs From White America

Rizwan Manji

I interviewed actor Rizwan Manji from NBC's "Outsourced" for ILLUME Magazine (www.IllumeMag.com). He talked about what its like to be Muslim in Hollywood and the importance of  'good Muslim' roles.How did you get the part of Rajiv Gidwani on NBC’s “Outsourced” ?I was sent the script for the Pilot and thought it was hilarious.  As an Indian, I could relate to some of the characters who share the same culture as me, and this was the first time that I have heard of a major TV sitcom about S … [Read more...]

Bollywood King goes back to his Muslim Roots

My Name is Khan

By no means am I a Bollywood (Indian Cinema) fan.  I have only seen a handful in my life and never watched one in a theater - before last night when I went with my wife and a few friends to watch the King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and his new film "My Name is Khan" which is making headlines across the world because of it's "Pro-Muslim" storyline - which is a rarity in Hindu dominated Indian cinema.A majority of the film was also shot here in the San Francisco Bay Area and since a few of our … [Read more...]


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