Think Globally, Eat Locally


Miniature portrait of Ahmad Shah Durrani (ca. 1757). The Koh-i-Noor diamond hangs on the front of his crown, above his forehead.


We’ve just enjoyed a take-out meal of Indian food from Kohinoor.  It’s good — very good — to have an Indian restaurant in Orem (or, as one of my less significant detractors always used to say, in an oddly meaningless mantra that, for reasons best known to him, he evidently found enormously funny and significant, “only in Provo”).


Kohinoor is Persian ( كوهِ نور Kūh-e Nūr ) for “mountain of light.”  (Noor, or nur — “light” is actually an Arabic loanword.)  The phrase is most famous as the name of a very large diamond that was once considered the largest in the world and is now part of the British crown jewels.  It can be seen — I recently saw it — in the Tower of London.



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